Lena Schornack Holgerson

Lena Schornack Holgerson
Date of Birth: April 13, 1926
Died on: August 07, 2020

Lena Schornack Holgerson, 94, of Aberdeen, SD, died Friday, August 7, 2020, at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.

Lena Lilly Quitsch was born April 13, 1926, to Frederick and Lillie (Petersmeyer) Quitsch at Crandon, SD. Lena attended school in Crandon and Redfield and graduated from Redfield High School. After graduating from the Mitchell Business College, she was employed as office clerk at the Lawler Hotel in Mitchell. She moved to Aberdeen and was employed as secretary for Dakota Sash & Door Company for five years, during which time she married Richard R. Schornack, Sales Manager, on November 19, 1948 in Aberdeen. She was also employed as secretary to the Business Manager at NSC. After staying home and raising two sons, she returned to work as the secretary for the Hub Area Vocational School for two years and in the library at Central High School until she retired in 1987. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and had a winter home in Mesa, AZ for fourteen winters, where she pursued a talent of oil painting. She sold some but mainly gave the paintings to family and friends. Her husband passed away July 2, 2003.

Lena was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, formerly teaching Bible School, editor of the church newsletter, active in Presbyterian Women and circle chairman for many years and later Bible study leader for the circle. She served a couple terms as a Deacon and Elder of the church. She was a Cub Scout den mother and was a member of the Yelduz Auxiliary and a former Greeterette of the Shrine. She was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Avera St. Luke’s Auxiliary, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Senior Center.

On January 12, 2006 Lena married Harold V. Holgerson, a long time friend as couples, who also lost his spouse in death. Sadly, Harold passed away after almost three years of their marriage.

Lena is survived by her two sons: David (Ellie) Schornack of Germantown, WI and Dale Schornack of Sacramento, CA; granddaughters Melissa (Luke) Korth of Mequon, WI and Alicia (Michael) Duwe of Cleveland, WI; great grandchildren Evan, Emma and Ava Duwe; grandson Sam Schornack of Austin, Texas and granddaughter Sydney Schornack of Dallas, Texas; loving step daughter Connie (Andy) Chrissis of Vadnais Heights, MN; step grandchildren Erik (Kirsten) Chrissis, Lacey (Dallas) Hanson and David (Rachel) Chrissis; step great grandchildren Isaiah, Malina, Lucy Chrissis and Autumn Hanson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lena was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband Richard and her second husband Harold; brothers William and Eldon and sisters Emma, Erma and Verna.

 

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