Funeral services Mary Lorraine (Barnett) Denler will be held on Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Pat Franey and Reverend Brian Myers will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Mary Lorraine Barnett was born April 3, 1930 in Sorento, Ill. a daughter of John and Minnie (Rogers) Barnett. She attended grade school in Reading and Worthington, MN and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1948. She then attended Northwestern Schools in Minneapolis. While at Northwestern, Gene Denler and his identical twin, Dean, became interested in the Barnett sister, Mary and Ruth. They proposed on the same night, in the same place at the same time - with the same result! Two years after graduating from Northwestern, Mary and Ruth joined the Denler twins in Taiwan. Gene and Dean had been sent as musical gospel team to minister to the Chinese National soldiers in Taiwan who had fled communist China. The Denler twins were married to the Barnett sister on December 20, 1952, in General Chaing Kai-shek's private chapel in Taipeh, Taiwan. Mary and Gene served with the Navigators in the Philippines and Hong Kong from 1953 to 1975.
Mary and Gene moved to Morris in 2004. They attended Morris Community Church.
Mary died Saturday, July 26, 2008 at West Wind Village at the age of 78 years, having graciously fought Alzheimer's disease for 13 years.
Mary is survived by her husband: Gene of Morris; one daughter: Connie (Paul) Hendricks of Morris; three sons: Gordon Denler of Morris, Ron (Mary) Denler of Champlin, Norman (Tina) Denler of Midlothian, Texas; eight granddaughters: Susie (Kris) Hanson, Joy (Seth) Baker, Melissa Carly and Elizabeth Denler, Hannah, Kaitlyn and Rebekah Denler; three great grandsons: Elliot and Nathaniel Hanson and Aaron Baker; brother: Jake (Marge) Barnett of Bloomington; sister: Ruth Myers of Colorado Springs, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers for the service will be: Gordon Denler, Ron Finelli, Ron Denler, Dick Crone, Norman Denler and Chuck Crone. Judy Carr will serve as organist and Ken and Linda Hodgson will provide special music. Pedersen Funeral of Morris is in charge of funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Kenya Account - Outfitters.