Lorene Heindel Duenwald


September 30, 1947 - October 1, 2014



Lorene Anne Catherine Heindel Duenwald was born September 30, 1947 in Hot Springs, SD to Roy and Rose (Sweeney) Heindel.   She started school in Hot Springs, SD, the old elementary school, now the History Museum in Hot Springs.  Lorene’s parents and neighbors re-opened Maitland School where she attended school through 8th grade.  She attended three years at Hot Springs High School, and her senior year at St. Martin’s Academy near Rapid City, graduating in 1965.

Following high school Lorene worked at the Sister’s Hospital in Hot Springs and attended nursing classes in Kearney, NE.  She entered a catholic convent in Denver, but health issues halted her education.  Lorene spent several years working in geriatric care living with and caring for elderly home-bound individuals.

Lorene met the love of her life, Dean Duenwald, and they married August 15, 1984.  Their home was in Pierre, SD.  They traveled for many years going to Washington, DC, Arizona, Tennessee, and Switzerland.  They loved to go to rodeos, concerts and even took a cruise.  They loved the Black Hills and visits to Lorene’s home place at Hot Springs.  Lorene was President of the Pierre Chapter of NAMI and supported NAMI events the remainder of her life.  After losing her husband in 2006, Lorene moved to her final loving home, Crystal Manor in Mitchell, SD.

She is survived by sisters, LaDonna Burgess of Willcox, AZ and Mary Kaplan of Mt. Juliet, TN; beloved nephews, Leo Heindel of Rapid City, SD, George and JD Burgess of Goodyear, AZ, Quentin Kaplan of Los Angeles, CA and nieces, Audrey Russell of Mt. Juliet, TN, Linda Foster of New Underwood, SD and many long-time friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Dean and brother, Leslie.




Thursday, October 9, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota
Friday, October 10, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Sturgis, South Dakota


None Scheduled


Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, South Dakota

Posted by Leni Hamilton on October 7, 2014
Lori was a true and great friend, she had her hard times but when she met dean she blossomed and had a very good and peaceful life I will miss her but she is shining bright now in heaven with dean
Posted by Eldon Haas on October 6, 2014
Lori I was sad to hear of your passing. I am so glad I was able to stop in Mitchell and visit you at Crystal Manor. I will always remember your kindness to others and your love for your church. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Posted by Cindy Raba Horning on October 5, 2014
Lori graduated with me from St. Martin's Academy in Rapid City. She was quiet and shy but was a good friend to me. She will be remembered at our class reunion next summer. Godspeed Lori!
Posted by Wanda Peters Aaberg on October 3, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with Lorenes' family with her passing. Fond memories of times past.
Posted by LaDonna Heindel Burgess on October 3, 2014
My dear big sister. I will miss you. You were a wonderful big sister with a heart of gold! I admired you so much. Your life was a success story. Your love, education, caring and concern for everyone was a blessing to all. Our loss is Heaven's gain! Rest in peace! I love you!
Posted by Vickie Prusha on October 3, 2014
I am blessed to have known Lori and grateful that our paths crossed. Lori cared deeply about others. She will be greatly missed.
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