October 3, 1937 ~ October 31, 2021

Born in: Atkinson, NE
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Lorene Ann Perez, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 31, 2021. She was born October 3, 1937, to James and Theresa Ziska in Atkinson, Nebraska.

She graduated in 1955 from St. Joseph Catholic High School in Atkinson. In 1958, she moved to Pueblo, and it became her home. She enjoyed returning to her hometown to visit family, attend class reunions and Hay Days celebrations.

Lorene retired from University of Southern Colorado in 1994. She was a devout Catholic and volunteered at her church taking care of the gardens, decorating for the holidays and was a faithful member of Council of Catholic Women.

Lorene enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing and reminiscing about her life growing up on a farm. She loved coffee, great conversations and debates. Lorene had a creative mind, a witty personality and a big heart. She was passionate about animals and rescued many dogs. She was outgoing and was fortunate to have numerous lifelong friendships and loyal neighbors. She was a friend to many and “Nonnie” to everyone. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and made every holiday special.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Theresa, along with brothers, Eugene, John and Ed and sister, Doris, her former husband, Frank J. Perez.

She is survived by her children, Frank (Leigh Ann), Gayle (Ricky), Diana, Greg; her special granddaughters Andrea (Jose), Amy (Chris), Angela (Rocky) and grandchildren, Linda (Paul), Sam (Carly), Christopher, Megan, Emily, Dylan, Richie, Alex and Timothy; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Lily, Felix, Harper, Journey, JoJo, Bodhi, Parker, Mason and Grayson.

Recitation of the Rosary, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 and Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Friday, both services at St. Mary’s Help of Christians Church, 307 E. Mesa Ave.

To fulfill Lorene’s wish, we ask everyone to wear bright colors.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Lorene’s name to St. Mary’s Church, 307 E. Mesa Ave., Pueblo, CO  81006, Team Jack Foundation, 47640 E US-20, Atkinson, NE 68713 or Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE  68010

The family would like to thank Dr. Roger Mann for his years of dedicated care and all the doctors and medical staff who provided passionate care for Lorene during her illness.  Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

Services

Rosary: November 4, 2021 6:00 pm

St. Mary Help of Christians Church
217 E. Mesa Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81006

719-296-8778

Funeral Mass: November 5, 2021 2:00 pm

St. Mary Help of Christians Church
217 E. Mesa Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81006

719-296-8778

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  1. Reading others’ comments has helped Mom (Marie Dobrovolny Krysl Kramer, Lorene’s first cousin) and me feel so grateful for her friends and neighbors so far away from her Nebraska roots. We can tell she was the same delightful person we knew and miss. I, also, can hear her wonderful voice in my head–and smile as that mental recording plays. When told she had passed, we both said, “What? Lorene? She’s too young!” We were told that she was over 80–and decided that her sense of humor and the energy she exuded had caused us to feel that she was youthful. We know those who lived near her will have a huge hole in their lives. May God fill that space with Himself, and may He show you what to pick up from knowing Lorene–and continue, so it is not lost in this needy world.

  2. I can’t even begin to express my sadness about the passing of Lorene. I will always remember her as laughing and
    being so funny. My family loved her so much and every time we saw her it was such a treat. I have often told her kids how she was indeed one of my favorite people in this whole world. Even during such sadness there are so many blessing to be grateful for, she lived a long life, she got to see her kids grow up to be wonderful adults and of course seeing her grandchildren grow. I will miss her forever. My thoughts and prayers are with Frank, Gail, Diana and Greg and all those that loved here.
    With much affection,
    Julie and Present Josie.

  3. CandleImageWe’re terribly sorry to hear of Nonnie’s passing. Our thought and prayers are with Frank and the entire Perez family at this time. It seems this has been a year of loss, and we look forward with hope to better times. With great love,
    Suzi and James Moellmann
    Loveland, Ohio

  4. My best to the family. I’ll never forget the times when we were kids mom and dad always visited or took gifts to Gayle for Christmas. I can still hear her raspy voice 😉 . God bless you all.

  5. We lived across the street from Lorene for 15 years and she was an amazing neighbor and I will never forget her. She was always wanting to visit and take us little gifts. When we moved she told us her was going to miss us and she was sad that we were leaving. Rip sweet Lorene. Love the Lira Family

  6. CandleImageMrs Perez, it is going to be so hard not seeing you in the yard, and talking with you over the fence. You are a very special person to Ron and I, and our grandchildren. Erik, was upset to hear of your passing, and was happy that he was able to help you in your yard. You made the best apple cake ever. I will miss exchanging Christmas gifts with you, because you found the neatest things. I will always treasure you as a special friend, and neighbor. You will be missed more than you will ever know.
    Just know that we loved and adored you. Rest with the angels, and Mr. Perez.

  7. Truly my Great Aunt. I most like to think of the funny life lessons Rene taught me when I was very young, like how “made from scratch” pancakes are not how they sound and German chocolate cake frosting is not mashed beans! She will be greatly missed.

  8. CandleImageAuntie Rene my Nina you will be sadly missed by me and all of my family. Thank you for always providing me with such perfect Christmas and Birthday gifts throughout the years. I still have my little “Quiet Book” you sewed for me when I was young. I will pull it out now and quietly cherish the memory of your loving heart. Love Jamie

    • CandleImageI have memories of her creative influence. One that stands out is of her sending us out to the prairies to collect rocks. Then we brought them back and she asked me what mine looked like to me and to paint it. Mine looked like a Mars Bar and she commented on it for years to come. I’ve been so blessed to have had her in my life and to have shared a special relationship with her. I will carry her forever in my heart and share my memories with my children. I love you Rene.

  9. CandleImageI’m so very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Lorene. She was always so spunky and fun. May she rest in peace. Sincere condolences to the family.

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