Lorena Charlotte Lang

Services: Oct. 16, 17 and 18


Lorena Charlotte Lang, a resident of Chewelah, Wash. passed away in Chewelah, Wash. on Oct. 11, 2018 at the age of 100. Lorena was born on August 27, 1918 in Leahy, Wash. the daughter of George Andrew and Ruth Adell (Campbell) Nilles.

Lorena was raised on the family ranch in Del Rio, Wash. a small farming community west of Grand Coulee, Wash.. She attended school through the 8th grade. At the age of 19, she caught the eye of a young school teacher, Jacob “Jakie” Jay Lang, who was working as a summer ranch hand. In 1938 they exchanged wedding vows in Waterville, Wash. Lorena and Jakie moved to Gackle, North Dakato where they began a family with the birth of a son, Allen Kenneth. Their world drew heavy and their love persevered when he passed in his infancy. A year later, Gloria, their first daughter was born. In 1942 they relocated to Spokane, Wash. where they welcomed their daughter Dorothy and then Linda entered the world while residing for a time in in Lind, Wash. Lorena stayed home and took great pride in raising her growing family. In 1948, Lorena and Jakie bought a farm near Mansfield. Lorena worked alongside Jake on the farm while tending to the needs of her children. While on the farm, their family “grew-by-two” with the births of Patty and Darrell. Lorena and Jakie worked long days, provided for their family’s needs and saved all that they could. Eventually, they purchased a house in Brewster, Wash. and resided in town while working the farm. Following the passing of Jakie in 1991, Lorena moved to Chewelah, Wash. where she enjoyed Saturday shopping trips and working at the Chewelah Food Bank.

Lorena had a very strong Catholic faith life and even as her health faded, she made it a point to attend both weekday and weekend masses as often as possible. She loved her family and cherished their visits. Lorena had the opportunity to cruise the Carribean with her dear friend and walking partner, Wilma Schanzenbach and Wilma’s family. Lorena hoped to see and inspire happiness in those around her with her gentle and loving character. She was a caring and considerate mom who watched over her family with a loving diligence and devotion.

Lorena is survived by five children; Gloria Schanzenbach (Dennis) of Chewelah, Wash., Dorothy Freimuth (Douglas) of Lacey, Wash., Linda Vercoe (Sam) of Vancouver, Wash., Patty Olsness (Doug) of Spokane, Wash., Darrell Lang (Kristi) of Prosser, Wash.; siblings, Mary Eidsen of _Mansfield, Wash. and Benny Nilles of East Wenatchee, Wash.; grandchildren, Michael Peterson (Roberta), Anne Blodgett, Donna (Neil) Gueirtson, Patrick Vercoe, Kimberly Vercoe; great-grandchildren; Christopher and Nicholas Peterson, Alanis and Samantha Vercoe and Isaac Blodgett; one great-great-grandchild, Cinsere, and a host of extended family and friends.

Services for Mrs. Lorena Charlotte Lang will begin at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2018 followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2018 both at the St. Mary of the Rosary Catholic Church in Chewelah. The graveside service and vault interment will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Mansfield Cemetery in Mansfield, Wash. Memorial contributions will be given to St. Mary of the Rosary Catholic Church.

Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.  

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