Lorena Darlene Repp, 80, of Elburn, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at her home on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
She was born Jan. 23, 1932, in St. Joseph County, Mo., the daughter of William and Clara (Gibbons) Davison.
As the daughter of a pastor, the family moved quite a bit, and regardless of where they were, she assisted her father with his ministry. She would attend local schools wherever the family settled for the time being.
Lorena met the love of her life, Robert Eugene Repp, at a local dance in 1946. Robert returned to Iowa because he missed his girl. Before long it was May 15, 1948, and they began their life together.
Lorena and Robert moved to different places around the area, but always called Elburn “home.”
Lorena worked a number of different jobs throughout her life. She worked the night shift for Dyna Color in Aurora and waitressed at Red Lion in Elgin. When Robert took on a custodial position with the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, she shortly joined him. She would say she wanted to make sure he was “doing it right.” Although she enjoyed her work with all of these organizations, she loved nothing more than to stay home and take care of her family.
She was a faithful member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn for many years. She also served as a leader for the Campfire Girls.
Lorena was one who always loved to extend a helping hand and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. You could also find her visiting the elderly in the local area. Lorena enjoyed spending endless hours in her flower garden, tending to it daily. As a provider for her family, she would make clothing for her children, matching dresses for the girls and shirts, blue jeans, and suits for the boys. Her daughters all had wedding dresses made for them by hand. Every fall season she would can and freeze the vegetables that Robert grew. When her children grew up, she passed on her knowledge and taught them all how to cook and sew. Lorena was also her children’s “protector.” Lorena also passed on her love and devotion to her church. She made sure that every Sunday her children made it to Sunday school.
She is survived by her children, Deborah (Gary) Schmidt of Longmont, Colo., Roberta (Charles) Sandberg of Sugar Grove, Bruce Repp of Elburn, Gloria (Bob) Weglarz of Cortland, Lorraine (David) Hall of Big Rock and Robert Repp of Elburn; 11 grandchildren and 10 great granchildren; one sister, Annabelle Merritt of Milan, Ill.; one brother, Bill Davison of DeKalb; one half-brother, Orville Lee Mitchell of Dallas Center, Iowa; a host of extended family and friends,and a special thank you to her care givers, Rob and Kathy.
She now joins her husband Robert, her parents, and her sisters, Martha Anderson and Lila Ward.
Visitation was held on June 9 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Lorena’s life followed. Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of Community Congregational Church of Elburn, officiated.
A memorial has been established in her name to benefit CNS Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Lorena Repp Memorial” and mailed in care of the Repp Family to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.