Lorene Rothfusz

Lorene M. (Entzel) Rothfusz, 79, Missoula, Mont., formerly of Mandan, entered this world June 15, 1933 and departed, joining her dear Heavenly Father, March 30, 2013.

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Posted April 12, 2013

Lorene M. (Entzel) Rothfusz, 79, Missoula, Mont., formerly of Mandan, entered this world June 15, 1933 and departed, joining her dear Heavenly Father, March 30, 2013.

Services were held April 5, 2013 in Missoula.

Lorene was the first-born child of Henry and Mathilda Entzel, followed by seven treasured siblings. She began her life in Dunn Center, ND. The family moved to Mandan in 1946 where she spent her childhood growing up on the cherished family farm five miles north of Mandan. As years passed she loved visiting the Entzel farm that her youngest brother, Donald, took over after the death of their father in 1971. While attending Capitol Commercial College in Bismarck, she met and soon married Leonard Rothfusz. The young couple started a family in Bismarck and later moved to Hebron to raise their growing brood. Leonard and Lorene owned Auto Implement in Hebron and spent their years in N.D. until the family moved to Havre, Mont. in August 1981. In October 1999, Lorene moved to Missoula, Mont. to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Although her life called on her to fulfill many roles and perform many jobs, the roles of mother and grandmother, and the job of homemaker, were the ones she treasured most dearly. She loved each child and grandchild in her own very special and giving way. She never asked of others more than she was willing to give of herself.

Lorene was a trusted friend to many, including her children. We will miss the clasp of her hand in ours, the understanding and reassurance of her motherly ear, and the wisdom and guidance of her words. She created a place for us to feel comfortable and call home wherever she lived. We will miss her more than words can say.

Blessed to have shared her life are her five children, Lori Rothfusz, Bozeman, Mont., Debra Sommer (Craig Rayle), Missoula, Mont., Brian (Sherri) Rothfusz, Lewiston, Idaho, Kathy (Perry) Schneider, Missoula, Mont., and Sandra (Rusty) Richardson, Missoula, Mont.; seventeen beautiful grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters, Arnie (Jan) Entzel, Coon Rapids, Minn., Marjean (Ed) Hill, Columbus, Ohio, Larry (Kathy) Entzel, Minot, N.D., Donald (Valeri) Entzel, Mandan, and Fern (Oscar) Rothfusz, Georgetown, Texas; and two first cousins, Ruby Benz and Alice Goetz, both of Dunn Center, N.D.

Lorene was preceded in death by Leonard Rothfusz; her parents, Henry and Mathilda Entzel; infant sister, Evelyn; brother, Alfred; and nephew, Clint Entzel.


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