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Lorene R. Burns March 10, 1919 - June 28, 2009

WILLMAR -- Lorene Rose Burns, 90, of Willmar died Sunday at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Benson City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church.

She was born March 10, 1919, in Waubay, S.D., to Maurice and Mabel (Peterson) Evans. She grew up on a farm south of Benson, attended rural school and graduated from Benson High School in 1937. She worked at the Benson Bakery for a time.

She married John Tatge on Aug. 13, 1939, and they lived in Benson for a time. They moved to the family farm south of Benson and farmed until 1967. She worked at the Randgaard's Café, the Meadow Lane Nursing Home and Sandy's Café. She was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church where she taught Sunday school and was active in ladies aid.

They moved to Willmar and purchased and ran Ann's Café from 1968 to 1972. She worked for Bethesda Homes as a nursing assistant for almost 16 years.

She married Harold Burns on April 25, 1974. In 1988, Lorene opened a day care center in her home until she retired.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1968 and was active in ladies aid. She also had been a member of the homemakers club in Benson and was a 4-H leader. She moved to Bethesda Homes in 2000.

She is survived by her children: Jack Tatge of Willmar, David (and special friend Evelyn Sanchez) of New York City, Roger (and Carol) Tatge of Willmar, Marjorie (and Dean) Anderson of Spicer, Sharon (and Gary) Mages of Willmar, and Dorothy (and Jeff) Gaffaney of Glenwood; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Harold in 1998; two brothers; and three sisters.