Laureen Renee Rupprecht died peacefully on September 6, 2019 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI. Laureen was born January 11, 1960 in Rochester, MN to Herbert and Charlotte (Schwantz) Rupprecht. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church - Lewiston on January 24, 1960.
Laureen lived at home until the age of 11 when she moved to the Faribault State Hospital. Since 1988, she lived at Lancer House in LaCrescent, MN, and participated in daytime activities at Ability Building Center (ABC) in LaCrescent.
Laureen is survived by her mother, Charlotte Rupprecht of Utica, MN, brothers Mike (Jennifer) Rupprecht of Lewiston, Pete (Julie) Rupprecht of Rochester, sisters Sue (Randy) Lantz of Hayfield, and Melanie (Tony) Tschida of Rochester, plus nine nieces and nephews, 1 great-niece, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Her father and an infant brother preceded her in death.
Laureen's family wishes to thank the staff at Lancer House and ABC for their kind and considerate care given to Laureen through the years. Memorials are suggested to ABLE Foundation, which began and oversees Lancer House, www.able-inc.org.
There will be a funeral service for Laureen at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church - Silo, in Lewiston, MN. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday.
Please leave a memory of Laureen and sign her online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.
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Remember Laurie always had the softest hands most beautiful smile and eyes that twinkled
I am so, so sorry to hear Lauree is gone from us. Such sad news. I will always remember where I was Friday when I got the texts from my brothers passing along our sad family news... Laureen had passed away.
Lauree was always in my life, born the month after I was, growing up in the same home, and for a time as the only little girls. I have fond memories of her in our home and on our farm. I can still see her inside our home with her family, and outside with Aunt Charlotte. I see her in the sunlight on the front porch. I can see Uncle Herb help her inside the car and I see either Aunt Charlotte or Uncle Herb sitting with her at church.
I missed her when she moved away and I remember asking when Lauree was coming back. I felt sad. As a child, it was hard to understand. I understand more now and I still feel sad she had to move away from us.
I also have fond memories of her in La Crescent. It always felt good to visit her down at ABLE. Lauree never rejected anyone. It was comforting to spend time with her. She always made my busy world slow down and made me examine my priorities and get them more in line with what matters most in life.
I remember Mary talking so gently with her first cousin Lauree, helping her do a high five, and putting her pink Hello Kitty hat on her head. Lauree looked Mary in the eyes, and she looked awesome sporting her hat!
It felt good to finally be able to sit and talk with her about our childhood. I shared more memories than I can list here. Lauree patiently sat and listened. I remember she seemed to like soft things by her face. She looked like her momma’s daughter and admired her elegant, soft hands.
Laureen was a sweet soul. She endured more than I ever will, yet I never heard her complain once. I am certain she is rejoicing in heaven today and maybe sitting on her daddy’s lap again.
I appreciated when Mom, Mary, and I were invited to Laurie’s 50th birthday party. We enjoyed it and it was meaningful to see Lauree with her mom and two sisters. If felt like our two of families of girls who once lived on Rural Route 2 was complete. Cassidy & Aiden were also there to enjoy their grandma's angel food birthday cake for their Aunt Lauree. It was just like ole times!
When I first let Mary know our sad family news, she said, “Oh, that’s SAD.” She paused and said, “Now she is with her dad, and little brother, and David.”
God has provided for Laureen, more than we could ever have imagined, and He has used her as His vessel for His purposes.
The deepest of sympathy for your family’s loss of your dear Lauree.
Your nieces, and cousins from the West Coast,
Mary and Jayne
Easter Sunday, 1960. Three brothers with their baby girls.
Left to right, back row: Everett Rupprecht, Herbert Rupprecht, Gary Rupprecht
Left to right, front row: Jayne Marie, born December 2, 1959, Laureen Renee, born January 11, 1960, and Terry Lee, born February 4, 1960.
Location: Herbert & Charlotte's parlor in their home
Dear Charlotte and Family:
I'm so sorry to hear about Laurie's passing and wanted you all to know what an
honor it was to be Laurie's case manager for so many years and to be able to serve her in order to ensure that she had the best quality of life possible. I always admired your family for the love and devotion you had for Laurie. She knew she was loved. Rita Hanson
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