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Catherine Hower, 54, of New Auburn

Catherine Hower, 54, of New Auburn, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at her home.
 
A private memorial service will be held with the Rev. Tom Rakow officiating and Mike Loch as the pianist. Congregational hymns will be “They’ll Know We Were Christian” and “It Is Well With My Soul.”
 
Catherine Anne (Schroeder) (Lorenz) Hower was born Oct. 11, 1961, in Shakopee, the daughter of Allan and Eve (Mercuré) Schroeder. She was a graduate of Cologne High School. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was later honorably discharged.
 
She was united in marriage to Duane Lorenz on May 14, 1986, in Shakopee. The couple shared 23 years of marriage before Mr. Lorenz’s death on July 22, 2009. She was a loving mother and homemaker.
 
In June 2014, she was united in marriage to Tim Hower at the city park in New Auburn.
 
Mrs. Hower was employed as a team lead assist at H.S.I. (group home) in Gaylord for the past 31⁄2 years. She also worked with several people with autistic disability.
 
She was a member of Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake, and a past member of the New Auburn City Council. She served on the economic development committee and the trail committee. She also was a member of the New Auburn Lions Club.
 
She enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping and cooking. She liked being around people. She loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
 
She is survived by her husband, Tim Hower of New Auburn; children, Daniel Lorenz of Hutchinson, Chris (Kylie) Lorenz of New Auburn, Free Lorenz of Hutchinson, Thaddeus Lorenz of Hutchinson and Moriah (Justin) Foesch of Olivia; grandchildren, Chloe Lorenz and Steel Foesch; father, Allan Schroeder of Brainerd; siblings, Mike (Heidi) Schroeder of Virginia, D’vorah (Kevin) Edwards of Brainerd and Karen (Kelly) Moriss of Big Lake; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her mother, Eve Mercuré; first husband, Duane Lorenz; and grandparents.
 
Arrangements were with the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.