Winnifred F. Lere

WINNIFRED F. LERE, 77, of Jackson, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2010 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 1 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson with Pastor Martin Lucin officiating.  Burial will take place at Hauge’s Cemetery.

 A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 from 5-7 p.m. at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson and on Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the church.Winnifred Florence Lere, the daughter of Winfred and Florence (Becker) Westby, was born on April 23, 1932 in Jackson, Minnesota.  As a child she attended Jackson Public Schools, graduating from Jackson High School in 1950.  After high school, Winnie attended the Mankato College of Business.  On Christmas Day, 1950, Winnie was united in marriage to Carl “Bud” Lere at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson.  After marriage the couple continued to make their home in Jackson, where Winnie was first a wife to Bud and a mother to their four sons.  Later, she and Bud served as foster parents, opening their home to children in need for many years. Winnie, Bud and their four sons worked together in the family business, Lere’s Freeway Service Station in Jackson. For several years before retiring in 1997, she worked as a bank teller at the First National Bank. In their retirement years Winnie and Bud enjoyed traveling the country together, visiting their son’s families, other family members and special friends.  Winnie graciously and courageously faced many challenges related to failing health in her final years. She was finally set free from her struggle, passing away at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday, January 29, 2010 at the age of seventy-seven years, nine months, and six days. Winnie was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where she was active as a Sunday school and Release Time teacher, as well as a member of Missionary Prayer Groups and a Church Council member.  Winnie lived her life in service to others as a demonstration and reflection of her love for Jesus and His love for all of us.  She was dearly loved by all who knew her, touching them deeply with her positive and loving spirit, and was committed to praying and interceding for others. Winnie’s example and challenge for all of us is that we would “pass it on.” Winnie was preceded in death by her parents. Winnie is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, Bud; her four sons, James (Susan) Lere of Brandon, South Dakota; John Lere of Las Vegas, Nevada; William (Jackie) Lere of Fridley, Minnesota; and Paul (Laura) Lere of Breckenridge, Colorado; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are her brother, John (Val) Westby of Burnsville, Minnesota; and her sister Mary (Doug) Anderson of Niceville, Florida. Winnie will be missed by all who knew her and her memory will continue to point us to the Savior she loved, the Lord Jesus Christ.    

3 thoughts on “Winnifred F. Lere”

  1. Mary Ann Anderson says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Lere, Westby & Anderson families for the loss of your dear Winnie. She was a special person, and I know that she will be missed. She is certainly in a bstter place and away from her suffering. Hopefully her “challenge” will be met!

  2. Julie (Rieken) Wenzel says:

    Dear Bud and family,
    In the fall of 1975, as a young teacher in need of a place to stay for a couple of weeks, you and Winnie took me into your home. I have never forgotten your generosity and graciousness in doing so. I was a complete unknown to you – yet you made me feel as welcome as a family member. When I tried to offer some sort of compensation, Winnie said “Just do the same for someone someday.” Later, we became your neighbors and enjoyed living on that beautiful hill! I was saddened to learn of Winnie’s death but grateful for the former student who let me know. Winnie made the world a better place – and now she no doubt brightens the streets of heaven. There have been times in the past 35 years that I have opened my home to people needing a place – and everytime they have offered some sort of compensation, I have told them of Bud and Winnie Lere – and have passed along Winnie’s challenge. Rest in peace, Winnie. thank you for a life lesson I have never forgotten. Bud, my prayers are with you.
    In love – Julie Wenzel

  3. Emmett Kirby says:

    Dear Bud and family, I was very saddened to hear about Winnie’s passing. She was a very special person. While I know that words are only a small gesture of support, I want you to know that her spirit has touched many people’s lives as it has mine. During the time I spent with the Lere family,1971-73, Winnie helped guide me through some difficult times early in my life. I have many good memories from that past experience, thank you Winnie. Bud, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Emmett Kirby

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