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Lorella M. Wise

Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Lorella M. Wise

STERLING – Lorella M. Wise, 82, formerly of Walnut, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Coventry Living Center in Sterling.

Lorella was born April 30, 1931, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton to Robert and Geraldine (Munger) Bowen. She went to Bowen School and Reeves Grade School and graduated from Walnut High School with the class of 1949.

She married C. Elmer Wise on Dec. 17, 1949, at First Christian Church in Walnut. She was a homemaker and a loving wife and mother to their two children. They farmed in the Walnut-New Bedford area for 50 years then retired to Coventry Village Retirement Center in Sterling. Lorella was a member of the First Christian Church in Walnut, where she was a former member of the women’s circle.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Steven (Janet) Wise of Salina, Kan. and Craig Wise of Walnut; one sister, Marilyn (Clarence) Wolf of Sterling; one grandson, Darren Wise of Princeton; two nieces, Joyce (George) Mathews of Summerfield, Fla. and Judy Bowen of Greenfield, Wis.; two nephews, Loren (Diana) Wolf of Sterling and Bruce Wolf of Morton; one great-niece and two great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Darrell Bowen, and sister-in-law, Frances Bowen of Walnut.

Visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. and the funeral at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The Rev. Brian Moore will officiate. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to First Christian Church of Walnut or the donor’s choice. Visit to send condolences.

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