In Memory of Phyllis Lou Lorenzen

Phyllis Lou Lorenzen
Phyllis Lou Lorenzen
Born: January 16, 1930
Died: March 4, 2020
Age: 90
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Phyllis Lou Lorenzen
January 16, 1930 - March 4, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Phyllis Lou Lorenzen, age 90, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 9, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Chad Lierman will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Galva Township Cemetery East of Galva, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Phyllis was born January 16, 1930, to Abel & Nell (Huendling) Peters at Carroll, Iowa. She was baptized as an infant March 9, 1930, at the Wheatland Presbyterian Church at rural Breda, Iowa. She attended rural school in Carroll County, then graduated from the Ida Grove High School with the class of 1947. She attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where she obtained her teaching certificate. She taught elementary school in Mapleton, Iowa, in 1949.eui

On July 11, 1950, she married Marvin Lorenzen at the Wheatland Presbyterian Church. They were blessed with five children - Ann, Laurie, Bruce, Kristin and Susan.

Marvin and Phyllis raised their family on a farm south of Arthur, Iowa. They joined the Arthur United Methodist Church in 1952 and were faithful members there. 

Phyllis was devoted to providing a loving home for her family. She and Marvin enjoyed playing cards with friends and games with their grandchildren. Having their grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit brought them much joy. She was very musically talented and served as a church organist for many years. She was also a wonderful seamstress.

Marvin and Phyllis moved to Ida Grove in 1993. They joined the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove on September 14, 1997. 

Phyllis is survived by her five children: Ann (Paul) DeNeui of Tulsa, OK, Laurie (John) Currie of Odebolt, IA, Bruce (Sandy) Lorenzen of Arthur, IA, Kristin (Harvey) Flewelling of Superior, CO and Susan (David) Fisk of Fredrick, CO. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren: Jeremy DeNeui, Luke (Sarah) DeNeui, Hope (Brandon) Ellis, Bethany DeNeui, Steven (Chelsey) Currie, Mark (Angie) Currie, David (Kelly) Currie, Mindy (Cory) Miller, Holly Lorenzen, Lindsey Flewelling, Jordan Flewelling, Claire Fisk and Lauren Fisk and 15 great-grandchildren: Noah and Isabella DeNeui, Bo, Demory, Raef and Megan Ellis, Kellen and Aaron Currie, Elliott and Claire Currie, Jocelyn Currie, and Avaree, Axton, Aspen and Abbott Miller. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. 

Preceding her in death were her husband, Marvin; parents Abel and Nell Peters; and her sister Ruth Windmuller. 

Phyllis and Marvin were married for 69 years and the two had truly become one. She was so looking forward to joining him in heaven and meeting her Savior.


11:00 a.m., Monday,
March 9, 2020
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Chad Lierman


Jeremy DeNeui
Luke DeNeui
Brandon Ellis
Steven Currie
Mark Currie
David Currie
Cory Miller


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, 
March 8, 2020
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus" ~ hymn
"Under His Wings" ~ solo
"Benediction Medley" ~ recorded by Laurie Currie

Dixie Brueck, Organist
Rev. Paul DeNeui, Vocalist


Galva Township Cemetery East
Galva, Iowa


Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“ We know she will be missed, but we also know she is in the presence of the Father!

Our condolences to all her family and friends. ”
- Doug and Paula Berton
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss but very happy for heaven’s gain. We are also very happy that she is reunited with her husband and is finally at home in heaven with her Savior. ”
- Mark Billings
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“Ann & Paul & family you are in our thoughts and prayers for God's peace and comfort during this time. So excited to hear your mom has joined your father in Heaven, Ann. What a celebration awaits us now with so many precious ones with the Father and Jesus. Sending our love to you both and your family.
- Joe & Vicki Bartlett
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“I was so sorry hear about the loss of your mother. Praying God's peace surrounds you.”
- Pam seawright
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“We are very sorry for your loss of Phyllis. Wonderful lady. Marc knew them well through working at Lunzman Trenching. I, Marsha, knew Abel and Nell well. They became friends with my folks, Elnora/Vic Lunzman when they came to Ida Grove. Abel and Nell babysat for me a few times. I have photos of myself as a baby in their home on Court St. in IG. I still have a tea set that Abel and Nell gave me when I turned one year old. Blessings to all of you!”
- Marc and Marsha Kjar
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 4:26 PM
“So sorry to hear of Your mother’s death! My sincere condolences to all of you! God’s Blessings! Joan”
- Joan K. Petersen
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9:23 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear about Phyllis. She was absolutely wonderful. My sympathies to all her family.”
- Whitney Simonson
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9:23 AM
“So sorry for your loss. God be with you.”
- Linda Flewelling family
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9:23 AM
“Keeping your families in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Alan and LuAnn Bennett
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:34 PM
“so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers”
- Bob and Cindy Clair
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