Loris Heeren of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away early Friday morning, May 10, 2013, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. with Reverend Greg Gabriel officiating. Interment will be 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Craig, Iowa. Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be from 2:00 p.m. Sunday until 6:00 p.m. with 5:00 p.m. Prayer Service at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will continue Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through .
Pallbearers will be Mark Oltmanns, Kelly Gabel, Tyler Gibson, Brett Oltmanns, Joshua Gabel, Cole Oltmanns, and Devon Harmon. Honorary casket bearers will be Shelly Gabel and Desirae Oltmanns.
Loris Ruth Caroline Gronemeyer was born January 20, 1918, on the family farm in Preston Township, rural Ireton to Fred and Caroline (Marienau) Gronemeyer. Loris was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. She attended country school at Preston #1. As a young woman, Loris worked on the farm and neighbors’ homes. She was united in marriage to Gene Gabel on December 18, 1937, at the St. John Lutheran Church parsonage in Craig. The couple farmed until Gene passed away in January of 1969. In March of that year, Loris moved to Le Mars. She enjoyed working as the men’s dorm housekeeper at Westmar College for 9 years. Lorris later married Herman Heeren on June 4, 1977 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Craig. The couple continued to make their home in Le Mars. Herman passed away in 2005. In September of 2011, Loris moved to Park Place Assisted Living.
Loris was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. In earlier years, she loved to go to dances and tending to her garden. Loris enjoyed visiting with people and staying in touch with family and friends and playing cards. She will be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit to everyone she met. Loris loved to spend time with her children, grand children and later in life her great grandchildren. Often sharing, “how blessed I am”.
Survivors include her children: Gene and Sondra Gabel of Sioux Falls, SD, Wanda and Wendell Oltmanns of Le Mars, and Debbie and Bob Gibson of Le Mars; grandchildren: Kelly (Dorothy) Gabel, Shelly Gabel, Mark (Deb) Oltmanns, and Tyler Gibson; great grandchildren: Joshua, Elijah, and Hope Gabel, Devon, Cole and Desirae Oltmanns, and Brett Oltmanns; a granddaughter-in-law, Sally Oltmanns; a brother, Wendall and Carmen Gronemeyer of St. James, MN; 2 brothers-in-law, Frances “Shorty” Hazel of Akron and Leonard Wiltgen of Le Mars; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Caroline (Marienau) Gronemeyer; husband, Gene Gabel in 1969; husband, Herman Heeren in 2005; grandson, Kevin Oltmanns; 2 great grandsons, Noah Gabel and Kyle Oltmanns; a brother, Lyle (Ella) Gronemeyer; and 2 sisters, Velma Wiltgen and Velgene Hazel.