Lorna Mae Hansen, age 90, of North Platte, NE, passed away, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Linden Court in North Platte.
Lorna was born April 2, 1929 to Fred and Ethel (Dresslar) Roberts near Brule, Nebraska.
She was the fourth of five children. In her early years, her family moved often as her father rented various farms and ranches. Lorna graduated from Arthur County High School as valedictorian in 1947.
Lorna was united in marriage to Wesley Ivan Reichenberg on July 11, 1948 at Center Valley Baptist Church. To this union five children were born. They made their home in Arthur and then moved to Ogallala where Wes was a police officer. He was killed on August 30, 1959. Lorna moved her family back to Arthur County to live next to George and Iva Reichenberg’s (Wes’ parents) home.
On August 10, 1963 Lorna married Richard (Dick) Hansen and moved her family to North Platte where Dick was a brand inspector. He died in 1995 following heart surgery.
Lorna was a teacher for over 40 years. She taught in rural schools in Keith, Hooker, and McPherson counties. She earned her BS Degree in Education in 1978 from Chadron State College and her Media Specialist Degree in 1983 From Kearney State College. She taught at Hall School from 1966-1990 when she retired from full-time teaching but remained as part-time librarian until May, 1998. When she taught kindergarten, she raised butterflies in her classroom and continued her love of butterflies all her life.
In 1992-93 she drove a covered wagon for the Oregon Trail Wagon Train based near Chimney Rock with son, Monte who was the Wagon Master for the treks. She enjoyed corresponding with the friends she met there. In her retirement, Lorna also enjoyed stamp collecting, gardening, dancing, and visiting her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Wesley Reichenberg and Richard Hansen; son, Kurt Reichenberg; sister, Lois Griffiths; brothers: Fred Calvin Roberts, Jr. and infant, Richard Roberts; sister-in-law, Emma Jane Roberts and grandson, Scott Lauer. Lorna is survived by her children; Monte(Susan) Reichenberg of Rozet, WY; Cliff(Ali) Reichenberg of North Platte, NE; Wes Kent(Carol) Reichenberg of Broken Bow, NE; and Donna(Randy) Clouse of Brule, NE; brother, Wayne Roberts of Lake Mills, IA; sister-in-law, Vi Roberts; Grandchildren: Tammy Reichenberg(Benny) of Scottsbluff, NE; Brian(Susan) Reichenberg of Hopewell, VA; Michelle Stanley of Newberg, OH; Joy Reichenberg of Rockwell, NC; Rachael(Joe) Pearce, Devil’s Lake, ND; Mesa Reichenberg and Gil Reichenberg of North Platte, NE; Wade(Ruthie) Tinant, Cave Creek, AZ; Ty Tinant, Valentine, NE; Jeremy(Catherine) Reichenberg of Reno, NV; Kent Reichenberg of Grand Rapids, MI; Laurie(Peter) Nelson of Lee’s Summit, MO; Justin(Natalie) Hensen, Pleasant Lake, MI; Jessica Lauer, Brule, NE; Stephanie(Caleb) Caple, Fort Wainwright Fairbanks, AK; 15 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and many other family members and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, November 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel with family greeting friends from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 in the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Monte and Susan Reichenberg of the First Presbyterian Church in Moorcraft, WY officiating.
Interment will be held in the Arthur Cemetery at Arthur, NE with graveside services at 12:00 p.m.
Online condolences may be left by signing the Guest Book at www.drauckerfuneralhome.com.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala has been entrusted with arrangements.
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