Lorene Kay Johnson, 71, of Fort Dodge, died September 10, 2013 surrounded by family at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, September 12, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge with Rev. Allen Henderson officiating. A private burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.

Lorene Kay LaCaille, affectionately known as “Reni,” the daughter of Francis and Josephine (Pebbles) LaCaille, was born on January 22, 1942 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1960. She worked in various Ft. Dodge area restaurants while raising her family. She found her true calling when she became a “Foster Grandmother” at Butler School. She loved being a Grandmother to her own grandchildren and all of the young children that she was able to mentor, as well as an aide to Mrs. Sandy Wilke. She was devoted to “her kids” and was determined to give them good start in life. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Health problems did not diminish her love of family, zest for life, thirst for knowledge, or her indomitable spirit. Her love is returned by those of us who loved her so. She will be missed with every breath we take, every minute of every day. Rest in peace, Reni.

Lorene is survived by her son Donald (Shirley) Johnson of Fort Dodge, her grandsons Dale, Seth, and Nathan, her siblings Larry (Susan) LaCaille of Rock Island, IL, Mrs. Louise (Leon) Cahill of Round Rock, TX, Mrs. Patricia (Mike) Beaver of LeClaire, IA, and Henri LaCaille of Georgetown, TX, numerous nieces and nephews. A special thanks to incredible friends Pat Enabnit and Sandy Wilke.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Martin Dale and an infant daughter, maternal Aunts Norma Schuster and Helen Tinney, and other relatives too numerous to mention. Also her beloved “Mini” dog.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.