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Lorene E. Parker

Lorene E. Parker, 85, La Crosse, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, La Crosse.

She was born Oct. 4, 1927, in rural Albert to Fred J. and Anna M. (Meier) Brack. She was a 1945 graduate of La Crosse High School.

She married Bennie A. Parker on Feb. 2, 1948, in Bazine. He preceded her in death Jan. 15, 2000. She was a legal secretary prior to retirement.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary, WELCA and was a Girl Scout leader, all in La Crosse. She served as the Rush County Sheriff from 1958 to 1960.

Survivors include three daughters, Ann M. Parker and Sandra L. Elpers, both of La Crosse, and Gay L. Parker, Wichita; a brother, Dayton F. Brack, Amarillo, Texas; five grandchildren, Melissa A. Lamp, Andover, Ben A. Elpers, Jacksonville, Fla., Mark B. Elpers, Shawnee, Matthew M. Parker, Denver, and Melanie K. Parker, Wichita; four great-grandchildren, Caitlyn M. Pfeifer and Zachary T. Pfeifer, both of Andover, and Sydney R. Elpers and Katie A. Elpers, both of Shawnee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Brian A. Parker; and two brothers, Leonard M. Brack and Wilbur R. Brack.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, La Crosse; inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, and from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Monday at the church.

A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to First Lutheran Church or Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, both of La Crosse, or Hospice at Hays Medical Center.

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