Lorene Marie Conner (Fahrenkrug-Prester), age 86, was born March 19, 1936, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Harry and Bessie (McLaughlin) Fahrenkrug, and passed away in Crete, Nebraska, March 31, 2022. Lorene was raised on the family farm near Treynor, Iowa, where she also attended elementary and high school. She was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Congregational Church of Treynor, Iowa, and later, united there in marriage to L.W. (Ike) Prester in 1958. Their union gave birth to their only child, Steven, in 1961.
The family moved to Nebraska in 1970, first settling in Dorchester, with Lorene eventually settling in Crete, where she was a member at Plymouth Congregational Church (U.C.C.), for 50 years. Lorene was a nursing aid for the Crete Municipal Hospital for several years, then cooked at the Crete Country Club for 4 years, finally working 20 years as a dispatcher for the Crete Police Department, until her retirement in 2003. Lorene married Robert Conner in 2003. After his death she remained in her Crete home until her death.
During her 5 decades in the Crete community, Lorene actively participated in Community Theater, Red Hats Society, Meals on Wheels, and the formational years of the Women’s Shelter program. Lorene was lovingly known to many of her family and friends, as “Babe,” a name her dad gave her early in life. She especially loved singing, cooking, flower gardening, fishing, sailing, politics, and Husker football. Lorene left us unexpectedly, thereby leaving the Huskers with one less armchair sideline coach…
Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and stepson, Brad Conner. She is survived by her son, Steven (Debra) Prester; stepchildren, Sid (Cheryl) Conner, Randy Conner, Connie Haeffner, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also, by her sister, Mardene Miller, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial and celebration of life at Plymouth Congregational Church (U.C.C.), 906 Ivy Avenue, Crete, Nebraska, on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 1:30 PM. Burial at Zion Congregational Church, Treynor, Iowa, date to be determined. Memorials to family for Bibles for Venezuela project and El Salvador missionary work. Condolences may be left at trumpmemorials.com. Trump Funeral Services, 1600 West “O” Street, Lincoln.