Obits: Lorene H. Dreier

Lorene Hilda (Thiesfeld) Dreier, age 79, of Watertown, formerly of Hamburg, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Memorial services were held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg with interment following in the church cemetery. Clergy officiating: Pastor Donald Andrix; organist: Cheryl Andrix; congregational hymns: “For All The Saints” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”

Lorene Hilda (Thiesfeld) Dreier was born on Nov. 7, 1933, in Helen Township, McLeod County. She was the daughter of Luedeke and Olga (Reinitz) Thiesfeld. Lorene was baptized as an infant on Nov. 11, 1933 by Rev. H. J. Bouman, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on March 30, 1947 by Rev. L. Wohlfiel, both at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. She received her education at Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg, and attended Glencoe High School in Glencoe. On May 11, 1952, Lorene was united in marriage to Leslie Dreier by Rev. L. Wohlfiel at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. Lorene grew up in Green Isle. After Lorene’s marriage to Leslie, they made their home in rural Hamburg. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Leroy and LeAnn. Lorene and Leslie shared over 47 years of marriage, until Leslie passed away on Dec. 18, 1999. In 2002, Lorene became a resident of Westwood Place in Watertown. In addition to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker, Lorene helped on the farm. She also worked at assisted living homes in Norwood Young America and Plato. Lorene was a lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. Lorene enjoyed reading, watching birds and cross stitching. She cherished the time spent with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren. Lorene passed away at the age of 79 years and two days. Blessed be her memory.

Lorene is preceded in death by her parents, Luedeke and Olga Thiesfeld; husband, Leslie Dreier; infant brother, Leslie Thiesfeld; brothers, Clarence Thiesfeld, Walter Thiesfeld; Sisters, Lois Sullivan, Lucille Roeker.

Lorene is survived by her: children, Leroy Dreier and his wife, Carol, of Norwood Young America, LeAnn Jones and her fiancé, Marty, of Oak Grove; grandchildren, Matthew Dreier of LeCenter, Jessica Damlow of Jackson, Tenn., Rachel Augustus of Norwood Young America, Tabitha Neubarth and her husband, Ryan, of Norwood Young America, Justin Jones of Gilbert, Ariz., James Dreier and his wife, Ellen, of Norwood Young America; great-grandchildren, Hattie, Gracie, Jadon, Derek, Ella, Lucas, Michael, Chloe, Tyler, Chayton, Travis; sister-in-law, Carol Thiesfeld of Pine River; brothers-in-law, Gary Roeker of Sherburne, Minn., Dennis Dreier of Hamburg; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book available at