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Elaine A. Lorenz, age 96, of Downing, WI died Friday, January 10, 2014 at Glenhaven Inc in Glenwood City, WI.

Elaine was born June 6, 1917 in James, SD to Theodore and Joseshine Rae (Roe) Simonson. She graduated from Groton High School in 1935. She attended and graduated Dunn County Normal School in Menomonie, WI in 1936. Elaine married Cecil Lorenz on August 7, 1939 in Red Rock, IA. She taught for 31 years in rural schools and Downing Elementary school, and she retired in 1979.

Elaine was a member of the Dunn County Historical Society, Dunn Co. area retired teachers and Dunn Co. Normal teachers Association, the State retirement system and national retirement system. Elaine enjoyed gardening and was known to wash her car almost every day before work.

Elaine is preceded in death by her parents, husband Cecil, son Ted, brothers and sisters Harriet Lee, Lois Simonson, Jack Simonson, Don Simonson, Jean Amundson, Mary Thompson and Dorothy Feidler.

Elaine is survived by son Gerald and wife Jayne Lorenz of Knapp, WI; daughter-in-law Helen and Richard France of Wautoma, WI; grandchildren Jodi Carr of Menomonie, WI, Donald (Angie) Lorenz of Milwaukee, WI, Amy and Pat Reilly of Wautoma, WI and Cindy Norem of Wautoma, WI; great-grandchildren Jeremy and Jared Carr, Garret and Adam Lorenz, Kirk, Trey and Jorden Reilly, Kayla and Ashley Norem; sister Janice Nesheim of St. Louis, MS. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Downing, WI with Reverend Mary Beth Scow officiating. Interment of cremains will be in the Mound Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the Church on Thursday one hour prior to services. Local arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City.