Cozad Resident: Lorene E. Biesterfeld, age 85 (1928-2013)

Lorene E. Biesterfeld, 85, of Cozad, Nebraska, died July 22nd, 2013, at the Cozad Hospital.

Lorene was born January 11th, 1928, at Wilton, North Dakota, to Iver and Nettie (Brown) Erickson. She attended rural school at Painted Woods in Wilton.

On December 24th, 1944, Lorene married Leo Biesterfeld. Leo served in WWII and after his discharge they farmed in the Baldwin area. The couple moved twice between North Dakota and Nebraska and finally settled in Cozad in 1964. In the early years of their marriage, Lorene worked at several cafes in the Bismark area. They would eventually have six children and Lorene lovingly cared for them all. When the kids were older, she worked at Nebraska Plastics and later in housekeeping at the Cozad Hospital.

She enjoyed helping others, cooking, baking bread and cinnamon rolls, sewing, gardening, working on jigsaw puzzles, reading and dancing, but most of all, spending time with her family.

Lorene is survived by her children Joyce (Jim) Campbell of Cozad, Janice (Larry) Werner of Cozad, Dennis Biesterfeld of Cozad, Roger (Ramona) Biesterfeld of Auburn, Nebraska, Debbie (Larry) Tvrdy of Cozad; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris Binsfeld of Minnesota; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo; son Rodney in 1973; brother Melvin; and sister Delores “Toots”.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 27th, 2013, at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeremy Jech and Ken Pitkin officiating. Inurnment will be in the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 26th, 2013 at Berryman’s Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established in her memory and online condolences may be shared at


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