John M. Lorenz, age 82 of Cannon City, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, peacefully at home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Erik Lundgren, officiating. Interment will be at St. Boniface Cemetery, Hastings.
Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Monday, July 2nd from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
John was born in Kaukauna, WI, and was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan. He met Joyce Witt while he was in Teacher's College in LaCrosse, WI. They married in 1950, and raised eight children in LaCrosse, then Appleton, WI until 1969, when the family moved to White Bear Lake, MN. From there they moved to Forest Lake, MN and then Hastings, MN, where Joyce passed away in 1988. In 1990, John married Patricia Prosser Woodside. They resided in Hastings, MN until 2000, when they moved to Cannon City, MN to retire.
During John's career in insurance, John made many friends around Minnesota and Wisconsin, with whom he practiced his favorite sport of golf as much as he possibly could, always telling jokes - which were at times off-color - and fanning the flames of the Vikings - Packers rivalry. He was a staunch Republican, never too shy to share his political views, and brought his politics to bear during his service on the Faribault School Board and Dakota County Work Force Council.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember him as a caring, devoted, proud, and happy grandpa, and they are grateful he shared with them so much of his time, faith, wood working talent, and especially his great sense of humor. While he never feared an argument about politics, it was always known that he was committed to his beliefs, and wanted only to leave the world better for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John is survived by wife Patricia (Prosser) Lorenz, children Kathryn (Dick) Schultz, Mary Glaser, Sandra (Mike) Vilendrer, Michael (Sabina) Lorenz, Steven (Julie) Lorenz, Rick Lorenz, Sue (Paul) Finney, Gregory (Patrice) Lorenz, 32 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Mary Lorenz: wife Joyce (Witt) Lorenz; two sisters, Helene and Catherine and three brothers, Norbert, Charles and Frederick "Fritz".
Name: Sharon Wilson
Date: Saturday July 07, 2012
John was always so kind to me at church. He always made me feel comfortable and teased me even when I first started helping with Mass. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He is missed.
Name: Patti & Paul Newman
Date: Thursday July 05, 2012
Dear Steve; We will always remember your dad as a wonderful grandfather and a true gentleman. Our condolences on your loss and the loss for your children. Paul & Patti Newman
Name: Julie VanDeWiele
Date: Sunday July 01, 2012
I have great memories of John, and some I have tried to erase from my mind, but they seem to stick too. He was always the "entertainer" at the Westbrook golf tournaments. Often to his families chagrin. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Aunt Patty, I love you! Stay strong, know that everyone who loves you would do anything to help you through this time.
Name: Jeanne Langeslag
Date: Saturday June 30, 2012
I first met John through Lector training at St Lawrence Church and got to know him better through other Church activities. John always had a quick smile to share as I passed him before or after mass! If John happened to be a reader at the same mass that I had cantored, he would give me a thumbs up and a "good job!" Then, I would return the complement back to him! John touched many people and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.....God bless~Jeanne Langeslag
Name: Arden Schroeder
Date: Friday June 29, 2012
Sympthies to you all. John started me in the isurance business in 1963, I always looked up to him as he was a great mentor.I am sure you will miss him, but his values will continue on with his family.
Name: Donna Schuldes
Date: Thursday June 28, 2012
Dear Family of John -- I knew your parents when they lived in Appleton and attended St. Pius X Parish. I worked with John in the Helpers Division of CCD, and he also asked me to help him out in his insurance office at 1000 West College Avenue. Joyce was a wonderful wife, homemaker, and mother. We had five children, and I'm sure, some of our children went to school at St. Pius with your family of eight. He was an honorable and loving man, and you all were blessed to have him in your lives as was everyone who associated with him and Joyce.
Name: Bob Lang
Date: Thursday June 28, 2012
Sympthies Mike to you and your family. May your dad rest in peace. We were close friends a long time ago at St. Pius X School in Appleton,WI. I remember only good things about your dad and your family. As young people we shared some great times in school and in scouting. I always remember the road trip I made to visit you after your moved away to Minnesota. It was great fun and the year that Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond was released. May God bless you and your family always.
Name: Dawn Patterson
Date: Wednesday June 27, 2012
PLEASE NOTE: The visitation and funeral will NOT be Thursday 6/28 and Friday 6/29 as originally planned. Due to health concerns for another close member of the family, the funeral and visitation are postponed. New dates and times will be posted as soon as they are available. Thank you for your understanding.
Name: lois lorenz
Date: Wednesday June 27, 2012
My memories of Uncle John go back to some of my very first memories as a child. My Dad Fritz, (Uncle John's Brother) and my mother, brothers and sisters spent much of our early years together at family functions, card parties, BBQ's and many Packer games. I remember many moments with Uncle John, and his family and my Dad while traveling though Minneapolis and Wisconsin after college; always welcome open arms, plenty of lively discussions, lots of food and occasionally a beer or two, lots of laughs and plenty of politics, And then there were those Packers, as Fritz used to say "How about that sports fans!" of couse in reference to packers scoring another touchdown especially against those Vikings!!!!. He was an inspriation to all of us with his lively spirit and sense of humor. I admit he and my dad were quite a duo during a Packer game or worse, when they talked politics! especially fueled by Fritz being a Democrat!. I still miss those days and I am so sad to know he is gone, but I know he will be joined with the rest of his brothers and sisters and parents with open arms up at the Pearly Gates! Though they are all gone now, the memories will remain alive with me forever. With love Lois Lorenz and Ken Acheson