Mildred Lohrengel, 85, died Thursday, August 21 at the Linn Community Nursing Home. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Washington, Kansas. Pastor David Strommer officiated. The meditation text was Isaiah 43:1-3, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you.... " Becky Pannbacker played the organ while the congregation sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Beyond the Sunset”. Burial was in Washington City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Westhoff, Clint Westhoff, Matthew Westhoff, Jeff Lohrengel, Jay Ragsdale and Arthur Lohrengel. Mildred was born October 21, 1922 in rural Morrowville to Fred and Hildred (Oliver) Shea. She lived in Washington County, Kansas her entire life. On January 1, 1942, the Rev. John Craven married her to Lewis "Buck" Arthur Lohrengel, at the farm home. To this marriage was born a son Larry Robert and daughter Gwendolyn. Mildred and Lewis lived at this farm home southwest of Washington, Ks, until moving to Washington in 1971. Mildred was a mother and housewife, a Clerk at Stigge's Clothing Store and a Receptionist at Lohrengel Tax & Accounting office. Her husband Lewis passed away on January 22, 1976 at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Ks. In November of 2005, Mildred moved to the Linn Community Nursing Home and resided there for the remainder of her life. Survivors include one son, Larry Lohrengel and wife Shirley of Washington, KS; one daughter, Gwendolyn Westhoff and husband Don of Plano, TX; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; special friend of 22 years, Joe Jenkins; and many other relative and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth Shea; and grandson, Russell Lohrengel. A memorial fund has been designated and will benefit the Washington County Hospital Building Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home.
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