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Lorene Grapengater

July 13, 2016

NEWTON – Lorene Elizabeth Rutschman Grapengater, 92, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

She was born November 30, 1923, in Whitewater, Kansas to Julius and Martha Wiens Rutschman. She was the fifth of nine children. She graduated from Whitewater High School. She married Ron Grapengater of Newton, Kansas on February 17, 1945 – they were married 71 years.

Her employment, all in Newton, included: The Selective Service during World War II, FW Woolworth Department Store, and Dillons Food Stores.

She was preceded in death by: Her parents; her brother, Alvin Rutschman of Wichita; and her sisters, Ella Miller of Santa Barbara, CA, Blanche Early of Canon City, CO, twin sister Florene Lettau of Newton, KS, Bernice Unruh of Newton, KS, Delores Schenewerk of Wichita, KS, and Julia Decker of Sun City West, AZ.

She is survived by: Her husband, Ron Grapengater of Newton, KS; her brother, Marvin Rutschman of Dodge City, KS; her four children, Bob (Elaine) Grapengater of Pueblo West, CO, Rick (Susan) Grapengater of Tulsa, OK, Dana (Kim) Grapengater of Garden City, KS, and Mary Beth (Garry) Pennington of Chanute, KS; her nine grandchildren, Michele Grapengater Harrington, Jeff Grapengater, Mark Grapengater, Laura Grapengater Ellison, Jennifer Grapengater Moussavi, Megan Grapengater Palen, Richard Pennington, Matthew Pennington, and William Pennington; and her eight great-grandchildren, Kayli Higdon, McKenna Harrington, Brock Harrington, Charlotte Ellison, Ford Ellison, Reese Grapengater, and Michael Grapengater and Annabelle Pennington.

She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and served in many ministries over many years. She loved cards with her sisters and bowling. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother – she always put others’ needs first. Her sweetness and laughter will be missed by her family and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home, 215 North Main Street, Newton, Kansas.

Services will be Monday, July 18,, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, 115 Old Main Street, Newton, Kansas. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Harvey County Safe House or the Harvey County Homeless Shelter in care of Petersen Funeral Home. ­­­­


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3 thoughts on “Lorene Grapengater

  1. Please accept my sincere sympathy. The Bible says that a person who lives for 80 years is especially strong. (Psalm 90:10) What a privilege that your mother lived for 92 years. Take comfort in God’s promise concerning the hope of seeing her again and living in a world without tears where heartache and death will be no more.

  2. Lorene: A true and gentle woman and an inspiration to us all. She lives in our hearts forever!
    Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the immediate family!

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