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Lorene Mineck
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Cedar Rapids


Lorene Mineck, 97, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday July 28, 2016, at St Luke's Hospital. Funeral services:
3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories by the Rev. Tammy Buseman. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Molly Jo (Elmer) Vavricek of Gardner, Kan.; her sons, Dan (Kay) Mineck of Cedar Rapids and Marty (Bridget) Mineck of Sarasota, Fla.; her sister, Margaret "Peggy" Benson of Wellington, Fla.; her sisters-in-law, Arlene Mineck of Cedar Rapids and Phyllis Mineck of Tipton; her grandchildren, Elisa (Kyle) Harris, Paul Mineck, Andrew (Amanda) Vavricek, Cara Combs, Katherine Mineck (Matthew Biddle), John Mineck, Ben Mineck and Sam Mineck; and her great-grandchildren, Austin and Julia Harris and Jackson and Cole Mineck.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Fred.
Lorene was born Feb. 11, 1919, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Walter and Ora (Morrow) Lake. She married Fred P. Mineck, on Oct. 1, 1943, in Cedar Rapids. Lorene was a bookkeeper for Cedar Rapids Greenhouses and worked for many local companies as a temporary admin/secretary.
She was a life-long member of Cedar Christian Church (now New Disciples Christian Church) where in earlier years she was active in a variety of leadership positions. She was actively involved in Meth-Wick Bible study and worshipped up to the week of her death.
Family was all important to Lorene. From life with her grandparents, parents and sister through the experience of great-grandchildren, she treasured each family moment. Until Fred's death, Fred and Lorene did everything together. They found comfort in vacationing together as well as trips to the grocery together. They were avid antique dealers. Lorene was able to express her competitive nature through bartering to buy low and sell high. Even in old age she competed to win at card games and dominoes.
Lorene was dignified and courageous in dealing with her physical infirmities. She had a keen and sometimes acerbic sense of humor. Many will miss her.
Please leave a message for the family on the website www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.
Memorials may be made to the chaplaincy program at the Meth-Wick Community or New Disciples Christian Church in memory of Lorene.

Posted on Wednesday, 3 August 2016