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Leota Lorenz

Funeral service for Leota Sylvia Lorenz of Shawneetown was held Friday, May 14, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown. The Rev. Virgil Kelm officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Leota, 96, passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at the Villas of Jackson. She was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Farrar to Alfred J. and Bertha Hadler Etzold. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. She and Erwin Martin Lorenz were married April 18, 1948, in Farrar. Six children were born to their union, Dennis, Rita, Curtis, Linda, Nelson and Wanda. They had been married 63 years when Erwin passed away March 1, 2012.

Leota became a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown after she and Erwin were married.

Leota was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to helping Erwin on the farm, she was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and an accomplished seamstress and quilter.

Loving survivors include six chidren, Dennis (Carol) Lorenz of Shawneetown, Rita (James) Whaley of Jackson, Curtis (Debby) Lorenz of Pocahontas, Linda (Terry) Roth of Jackson, Nelson (Belinda) Lorenz of New Wells and Wanda (James) Eaves of Jackson; 12 grandchildren, Laura Lorenz, Cindy (Rustin) Johnson, Darrin (Erin) Whaley, Phillip (Sherry) Whaley, Dana (Lee) Schuermann, Carly Lorenz and fiancee Keith Huckabay, Eric Roth,
Ryan (Melanie) Roth, Travis (Katie) Roth, Stacy (Clint) Sinn and Jared and Spencer Lorenz; eight great-grandchildren, Brailyn, Mason, Laci, Ava, Charlotte, Nathan, Leah and Tobias; two step-great-grandchildren, Daniel and Alyssa and many dear friends at the Villas of Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband, a granddaughter, Vanessa Lorenz (parents, Curtis and Debby) and a brother, Milton (Mary Ann) Etzold.

Leota’s family is grateful to the staff at the Villas of Jackson for the excellent care given to their mother.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church of Shawneetown, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Saxony Lutheran High School.

To share an online condolence with the family, visit, go to Leota’s pesonal obituary page and click on the tribute wall tab just above the obituary.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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