NameLorene Frances Beringer
Birth11 Jan 1916
Death15 Oct 2012, St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Perham1 Age: 96
FatherMartin Beringer (1888-1978)
MotherRegina M. Silbernagel (1895-1969)
Spouses
Birth11 Jul 1910
Death8 May 2011, St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery Age: 100
FatherGregor Wegscheid (1870-1958)
MotherSusana Hansen (1877-1958)
Marriage14 Feb 1938, St. Lawrence Church in Rush Lake
Marr Memoby Rev. J.J. Ambauen
ChildrenGregor Martin (1938-)
 Roger Ambrose (1940-)
 Elsie Luella (1941-)
 Gerald Eugene (1943-)
 Ormund August (1944-1983)
 Ralph Leonard (1946-)
 Odelia Elaine (1948-)
 Eldon David (1949-)
 Lawrence John (1951-)
 Everett Edwin (1952-)
 Owen Aloysius (1953-)
 Ruth Ann Mary (1955-)
 Grace Alice (1957-)
 Lennett Marie (1961-)
Obituary Notes for Lorene Frances Beringer
Lorene Frances (Beringer) Wegscheid, 96, Perham, previously of Richville, peacefully died on Oct. 15 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D., surrounded by family members. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham with Father Matthew Kuhn officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 at Schoeneberger Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will take place in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Perham.
Lorene was born Jan. 11, 1916 in St. Joe to Martin and Reginia (Silbernagel) Beringer.
Lorene married Leonard Wegscheid on Feb. 14, 1938 and remained happily married for 73 years.
Lorene was well known and loved for her many passions, skills and hobbies such as being a devout Catholic, loving wife, mother and grandmother, baking and gardening, dancing, fishing, embroidery, quilting and always being ready to play cards or roll the dice.
She was preceded in death by husband, Leonard; parents, Martin and Reginia (Silbernagel) Beringer; son, Ormund; brother, Ambrose; sisters, Luella and Kathryn; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; three daughters-in-law; and two grandchildren.
Survivors include sister, Sister Mary Martin Beringer OSB; children, Gregor (Shirley), Roger (Faye), Elsie (Halarian) Schultz, Gerald, Ralph (Kathy), Odelia, Eldon (Emily), Lawrence, Everett (Pat), Owen, Ruthann (Stanley) Lehmann, Grace and Lennett (Kevin) Savchuk; 65 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Marge Wegscheid.
Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, go to www.schoenebergerfuneralhome.com.
Obituary Notes for Leonard Edward (Spouse 1)
Leonard Edward Wegscheid, 100, of Perham, previously of Bluffton, died Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011, at the Perham Memorial Hospital surrounded by family members.
Leonard was born July 11, 1910, in Sauk Centre, Minn., to Gregor and Susan (Hansen) Wegscheid. He married Lorene Beringer on Feb. 14, 1938, and remained happily married for 73 years. Leonard was well known and loved for his many passions, skills and hobbies, such as being a devout Catholic, loving husband, father and grandfather, farmer and gardener, carpenter and cabinet maker, fisherman, dedicated Twins fan, quilter and skillfully lucky card player.
Funeral Mass was held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Friday, May 13, with the Rev. Joseph Herzing officiating. Burial followed in the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Perham. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is in charge of the arrangements. (218) 346-5175. Online tributes may be posted on www.schoenebergerfuneralhome.com.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Lorene; brother, Roman (Rosamond) Wegscheid; sister-in-law, Sister Mary Martin Beringer, OSB; children, Gregor (Shirley), Roger (Faye), Elsie (Halarian) Schultz, Gerald (Marge) Wegscheid, Ralph (Kathy), Odelia, Eldon (Emily), Lawrence, Everett (Pat), Owen (Edith), Ruthann (Stanley) Lehmann, Grace, Lennett (Kevin) Savchuk; 65 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Leonard in death are parents, Gregor and Susan (Hansen) Wegscheid; son, Ormund; eight brothers; four sisters; four brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.

======================

Leonard Wegscheid, died Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Perham Memorial Hospital surrounded by family members.

Leonard was born July 11, 1910, in Sauk Center, to Gregor and Susan (Hansen) Wegscheid.

He married Lorene Beringer on Feb. 14, 1938, and remained happily married for 73 years.

Leonard was well known and loved for his many passions, skills and hobbies such as being a devout Catholic, loving husband, father and grandfather, farming and gardening, carpenter and cabinet maker, fishing, dedicated Twins fan, quilting and skillfully lucky card player.
Family Letter Notes for Leonard Edward & Lorene Frances (Family)
Leonard Wegscheid and Lorene Beringer met at a dance after the bazaar in Bluffton in October 1937. Lorene went to the dance with her parents. While at the dance, Leonard’s mother and Lorene’s mother were talking and decided to introduce the kids. The rest is history

After knowing each other four months Leonard and Lorene were married on February 14, 1938, at St. Lawrence Church in Rush Lake, Minnesota, by Rev. J.J. Ambauen. They went to Rochester, Minnesota, on their honeymoon. When they returned from their honeymoon, they lived and farmed a farm north of Bluffton for six years. Then they moved to a farm north of Perham where they farmed for almost 38 years. They moved to 452 4th Street NW, Perham, MN in 1983 and still live there.

Leonard and Lorene have 14 children, 47 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. (as of 2003)

After Leonard and Lorene moved to town, they could devote more time to their hobbies of fishing, gardening. card playing, quitting and embroidery. Leonard would cut and sew the tops of the quilts and then Lorene would either tie or quilt them. They made around 250 to 300 quilts that they gave to the children and their families, as well as donating some to the missions, raffles and the hospitals for the kidney dialysis patients.

In 2003 they sold their home to their daughter, Grace, and will be staying with her until whenever.

Their families and friends told them that their marriage wouldn’t last, but as one of their children, I sure am glad that it lasted and I hope it lasts many more years.

Elsie
Newspaper Articles
From: Perham Enterprise Bulletin / Feb 2008

Sweethearts for seven decades
The Wegscheids: Each other’s valentine-- seventy times


By Heidi Sunderman
Staff Writer

As classrooms brim with the excitement of secret valentines and sugar-laden expressions of sentiment, an elderly pair of Perham sweethearts has the simple plan of spending their Valentine’s Day together.

On Valentine’s Day 1938, Leonard and Lorene Wegscheid made vows to each other that they’ve been honoring for the past seven decades. This February 14, they will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, making them what is rumored to be the longest-married couple in Perham.

The secret to their marital success? Working together.

“We always worked together, she helped me and I helped her,” said 97-year-old Leonard of his relationship with Lorene, 92. “If I had a horse and it got hurt, she’d have to help me. I couldn’t stand the look of it.”

The couple spent most of their years farming. After their wedding, they rented a farm in Bluffton from Leonard’s parents. In ‘44, the Wegscheids bought their own farm seven miles north of Perham. They remained there until retirement in 1983, when they moved into the city of Perham. Later on in his life, Leonard took up the carpentry trade.

The Wegscheids had 14 children, with 13 of them still alive. One son passed away in the ‘80s while serving in the navy. “At one time, we had five kids in the service,” said Lorene with pride.

According to Odelia Wegscheid, who falls somewhere in the middle of the line of her siblings, her parents now have a combined 136 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Growing up with nine brothers and four sisters, daughter Ruthann Lehmann recalls a joke her father was fond of making. “Dad always said he had his baseball team of nine and his umpires too,” she explains. “Us girls had to be the umpires.”

Leonard and Lorene are quick to cite their faith as a foundational strength in their marriage. “Whenever there’s Mass, we go,” said Lorene. It’s not uncommon for them to attend church together five times a week.

“Their faith is the strongest part of their relationship,” said Ruthann. “It has helped us all. They helped me to realize that when I got married it was for life.”

The key for the Wegscheids is simply living life together. “We’re closer now than ever before,” says Lorene. “Our togetherness is what really matters.”

When asked what advice they have for other couples, Leonard was quick to answer about how important it is to work together. He sees this continuous collaboration as the strongest part of his marriage. “If you needed help, all you needed to do was say so…”
“…and sometimes you didn’t even have to ask,” added Lorene, completing her husband’s sentence. “Learn to give and take. True love means ‘give and take.’”
Last Modified 17 Oct 2012Created 5 Jan 2017 by Brad Wegscheid