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Lorene Esther Burrichter
Lorene Esther Burrichter
Lorene Esther Burrichter, life-long educator and world traveler, died peacefully on March 9, 2014, in her retirement home in Eitzen, Minn. There she had been the primary caregiver for her mother who lived just beyond her 100th birthday in 2004. Lorene had been under hospice care following the discovery of inoperable cancer late in the fall of 2013.

The youngest child of the Rev. Emil and Elsie Dickel Burrichter, Lorene was born March 7, 1940, in Bluffton, Ohio. Grounding for her educational career began during her eight years in a one-room rural school in Jasper County, Iowa. There she overheard older students reciting, encountered the same material at grade level and later helped younger children with their lessons. She was valedictorian of her class at New Albin High School, where she was known for her vocal music talents and her prowess on the basketball court. Lorene earned her bachelor's degree at Elmhurst College while singing with the college chorus and serving as president of her dormitory. Her master's degree, with advanced certification in administration, was earned at Northern Illinois University.

Miss Burrichter taught in Bensenville, Ill., before accepting a position at an international school in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked with elementary students in Aurora, Ill. She then spent six years as a classroom teacher and reading specialist at the Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Coming home to Iowa to be nearer to her aging parents, her last 23 years as a formal educator were in Oskaloosa. Notes from fellow teachers tell of many ways she helped them. Her effectiveness might best be captured in a student's note, "Thanks for a future."

During her time in Eitzen, Lorene was active in the senior citizens group, served as an election judge and for several years presided over the senior spelling bee at the Houston County Fair. Her travels took her to more than 35 countries on six continents, including a globe-circling tour in 1978, and her 2012 journey to Antarctica.

She is survived by her sister, the Rev. Lavon (the Rev. Robert) Bayler of Elgin, Ill.; sister-in-law, Mary Lou (Middendorf) Burrichter of Eitzen, Minn.; one niece, Holly Jo (Greg) Dougherty of New Albin; five nephews, Norris "Don" (Debra Reiser) Burrichter of New Albin, Jon E. "Jeb" (Peggy Meyer) Burrichter of Dorchester, Toby (Jean Leary) Burrichter of Caledonia, Minn., David (Jennifer Lee) Bayler of Big Rock, Ill., Jonathan "Jay" (Kathleen Fuchs) Bayler of Greenbrae, Calif., Timothy Bayler of South Elgin, Ill.; her Pomeranian companion, Meeca; 13 great-nieces and nephews; and 11 great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Norris Don "Bud" Burrichter; and a great-nephew, Dustin E. Burrichter.

A reception and celebration of her life will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the New Albin Community Center. Her ashes will be interred at St. Peter's Cemetery, established during her father's pastorate. Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia, Minn., is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at .

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