Corrine Lensing, 87, of Festina, died Monday Sept. 23, 2013, at the Ossian Senior Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Festina, with Monsignor Cletus Hawes officiating. Organist was Jeanette Dietzenbach. Hymns were "Here I am Lord," "Prayer of St. Francis," "On Eagle's Wings" and "Be Not Afraid" (Our Lady of Seven Dolors Choir). Lectors were Julie Stephens and Amanda Smith. Gift bearers were Jennifer Schutte, Sarah Pasker and Andrea Lensing. Casketbearers were Chris Lensing, James Schutte, Joshua Schutte, Kyle Picha, Todd Schmitt, Jacob Schutte and Jonathan Schutte. Interment was at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery, Festina. Arrangements were handled by Schluter - Balik Funeral Home, Calmar.
Corrine Johanna Zweibohmer was born March 27, 1926, in Ossian, the daughter of John and Justina (Klemmer) Zweibohmer. She was the third of six children. She was baptized March 28, 1926, by Msgr. M.J.Tiltgen; received First Holy Communion May 28, 1933, and was confirmed Dec. 16, 1939, by the Most Rev. FJL Beckman at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. She received her education at De Sales Central High School in Ossian. Prior to her marriage she worked in JC Penney stores in Waterloo and later in New Hampton. She was united in marriage to Ralph T. Lensing at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson Nov. 27, 1946. To this union seven children were born. Following their marriage they lived in the Frances Elsbernd house in Festina, where she helped operate the telephone switchboard. In 1957, Corrine and Ralph built and owned the Festina Cafe. For several years Corrine and her mother cooked there. After the sale of the cafe, she cooked in Calmar for over 25 years, until her retirement. Corrine was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and its rosary society. In early 2010 Corrine had to have part of her left leg removed because of a blood clot. Despite her disability, Corrine was able to recuperate and live at home, demonstrating her immense strength and independence. She entered the Ossian Senior Hospice in August, when her health began to decline. Corrine's family is especially thankful for the loving care that she received there. Corrine was a wonderful mother and took great pride in taking care of her family. She loved to read, play cards and go fishing. She enjoyed flowers, watching birds, and winning the game of scrabble against her sister, Marie. Corrine had a knack for writing poems and wrote a special one for each of her children on their fiftieth birthdays. Corrine especially loved cooking, however, her love and greatest joy was the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Corrine's survivors include her five children: two sons, John (Rose) Lensing, Bettendorf and David (Diane) Lensing, Postville; three daughters: Bette (Paul) Schmitt, Fort Atkinson, Pamela (Mike) Burke, DeWitt and Jeanne (Brian) Reed, Brownsville, Minn.; 17 grandchildren: Julie (Eric) Stephens, Chris (Heidi) Lensing, Kyle Picha, April (Dan) Novotny, Angela (Michael) Dark, Andrea Lensing, Amanda (Brent) Smith, Alissa (Travis) Schissel, Sarah (Erik) Pasker, Todd Schmitt, Megan (Jacob) Nelson, Melanie Burke, James Schutte, Joshua Schutte, Jennifer (Scott) Schutte-Petersen, Jacob Schutte and Jonathan Schutte; 10 great-grandchildren: Justis Lensing, Cullen Lensing, Reese Dark, Landon Dark, Carter Smith, Laylah Schissel, Vienna Schissel, Owen Petersen, Nora Petersen and Lillian Novotny; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and-nephews; one sister, Marie Monroe, Ossian; two sisters-in-law, Eunice Zweibohmer, Ossian and Pat Zweibohmer, Marion.
Preceding her in death were her parents: John, Nov. 24, 1953 and Justina Zweibohmer, Oct. 10,1994; her husband, Ralph Lensing, July 28, 2011; two sons, John, in infancy, Dec. 10, 1949 and Richard, Nov. 13, 1970; one sister, Marcelite (Claus) Hinders; brothers- and sister-in-law: Arthur Zweibohmer, Norbert (Frances) Zweibohmer and Leonard Zweibohmer and Curtis Monroe.
Special thanks to Dennis Hageman for all the helpful things he has done over the years.