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Lorene Rietsema

July 21, 1938 — October 13, 2016

Funeral services for Lorene Rietsema, age 78, of Hollandale, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Hollandale Christian Reformed Church.  Rev. Wendell Davelaar will officiate. Interment will be at Hollandale Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Lorene died Thursday, October 13, 2016 at her home.

Lorene Rietsema was born July 21, 1938, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the daughter of Herman and Stientje “Tena” (Lewerke) Van Meekeren.  She attended schools in Hayward, Hollandale Christian School, and Albert Lea. On July 26, 1956, Lorene was united in marriage to Albert Rietsema in Hollandale. She was a member of Hollandale Christian Reformed Church.  Lorene enjoyed fishing, crafts, gardening, woodworking, farming, and traveling.  She volunteered at the Hollandale Christian School.

Lorene is survived by her children, Chuck and wife Marcia Rietsema of Albert Lea, Ron and wife Lyne Rietsema of Hollandale, Roger Rietsema of Panama City Beach, Florida, and Cindy and husband Tom Steinkamp of Spencer, Iowa; grandchildren, Aaron and wife Carrie Rietsema, Kristen and husband Christopher DeBerg, David Rietsema, Rachel and husband Matt Loverink, Sara Rietsema, Rebecca and husband Jesse Shelbourn, Rochelle Knutson, Casey Rietsema, Riley Rietsema, Lincoln Rietsema, Tyler and wife Lindsey Steinkamp, Cody Steinkamp, and Ryan Steinkamp; great-grandchildren, Marie, Luke, Jack, Will, Evelyn, Harrison, Gwenyth, Jolie, Timothy, Payden, Lukas, Beau, and Claire; siblings, Alice Doorlag, Bertha Koetje, Tena Van Kampen, Pete Van Meekeren, and Jane Meelker.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; and brother Bill Van Meekeren.
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