Lore Siefken

January 6, 1931March 30, 2016

Lore Siefken, 85, of Peoria passed away Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 3:20 p.m. at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria. Lore is formerly from Pekin. Lore was born on January 6, 1931 to Albrecht and Frieda Prignitz in Mechlenburg, Germany. She was one of twelve children. Lore escaped from East Germany with her family after WWII, when she was 14 years old. She came to America with an older sister in 1950. She immediately went to work at St. Ansgar Hospital in Moorhead, MN. Lore married John, who was a student at North Dakota State University on April 12, 1952. She accompanied him to Peoria with their sons in 1956 when he went to work for Caterpillar Inc. and eventually CEFCU. Surviving are her husband of 64 years, John Siefken, and their two sons Carl (Pam) Siefken of Germantown Hills and Doug Siefken of Peoria along with two sisters Helga Buttner and Lydia Helm of Hamburg, Germany. Other survivors are brother-in-law Dr. Mark (Sharon) Siefken of Oaksdale, MN and sister-in-law Soni (Dan) Dillon of Fargo, ND and the joys of her life, grandchildren, Sarah, Megan, Jessica, and Nick Siefken. After 64 years, John believes marrying Lore was the best decision he ever made next to their mutual acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Lore enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, dancing and traveling America and Europe. Her most enjoyable trips were when she and John took their grandchildren to Hawaii and Disney World. She often stated that one of her happiest times was when she became a citizen of the USA. She eventually visited all 50 states. Lore spent many hours as a volunteer for the Pekin Hospital League, Proctor Hospital and Family House. At Lore’s request, cremations rites were accorded. She also requested and received private services. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria, or a dementia research center of donor choice. Special thanks to Carole Siefken, Tina Orlandi, Shirley Bobier, Kelly Burch, Cindy Poteet, Jordan Perez, Iver Riise, Tom Mansour, Therese Peck, JR Friedrich, Peggy Laskin, Marian McClure, Sandy Benningfield, Inga Wiesehan, Dr. Chris Dickinson, Dr. Matthew Mischler, Sandy Carnes, Lakisha Hope, Michelle Burger, Rev. Ted Benson and Rev. Ron Miller for helping Lore through this difficult period. Condolences and memories may be shared through


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Edward Johnson

April 3, 2016

John and Family,

We are very, very sad to read of Lore's passing. We so enjoyed our conversations and dinners at Mt. Hawley Country Club. The stories of your life experiences are fascinating. Doug, we met you at Mt. Hawley a number of years ago. You were with Lore and John. Just missed Jessica at Brooke Johnson's graduation party at "the other" Johnsons across the street in 2006. These pleasant memories will help us. We hope your many, many happy memories will help you get through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ed & Diana Johnson
Peoria, IL.

Lynn & Ron Funk

April 2, 2016

Dear John, we know Lore is in God's kingdom. I remember meeting you and Lore for the first time at a Hidden Lakes fish fry. We were impressed by Lori's sense of humor, we laughed so much. She will be missed by many. May the peace of God be with you and your family.

Judy Schaer

April 2, 2016

Carl, thinking of you at this time of loss.

Karen Webster

April 1, 2016

Dear John, we are so very sorry and saddened to learn Lore passed. Lore was such a beautiful and giving person who touched so many lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family and hope you all find the strength to get through this very difficult time. Karen & Mark

April 1, 2016

John, I am saddened by your loss of a lovely wife,mother,and grandmother. I will always remember Lorie's smile and graciousness and her sincere kindness. I am praying for you and your family for strength and comfort.
Joan McWhirter (from CEFCU)

David Noe

April 1, 2016

I am saddened by your loss. I pray your faith in Jesus Christ comforts and strengthens you doing this difficult time.You are in my thoughts and heart.

William Wilsen

April 1, 2016

John, I'm so sorry for your loss. Lore was a wonderful woman and I know how much she meant to you. I'm back from government service, living on the river in Spring Bay now, and would love to hear from you if you would care to give me a call someday (I'm in the phone book). I often remember fondly our friendship and your and Lore's collaboration on behalf of the Symphony, a bright spot during my time there. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

Paul Fager

April 1, 2016

Please accept my deepest sympathies.