Loverna Margaret Felling

Loverna Margaret Felling

April 10, 1931 - January 10, 2011

Loverna Margaret Felling

April 10, 1931 - January 10, 2011


Loverna Margaret Felling was born on the tenth of April, 1931, in Belgrade, Minnesota. She was the ninth of fourteen children born to Joseph George Felling and Veronica Anastasia Laubach; she was the great-granddaughter of Johann Felling, one of the original German pioneers of central Minnesota. She spent her childhood and teen years on the family farm in Stearns County, Minnesota, then spent a short time with her brother Wilfred and his family in Cleveland, Ohio.

On June 23, 1949, Lovie married Urban Joseph Henning in Elrosa, Minnesota. They lived for a short time in Minot, North Dakota, before returning to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where they had two children and lived for several years. After a short residence in Los Angeles County, California, they returned briefly to Minnesota until the harsh winter persuaded them to permanently relocate in 1960 to the sunshine of Orange County, California. They bought a house in Santa Ana and had a third child.

In 1970, Loverna and her husband divorced. In 1972, she briefly remarried and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, returning to Orange County the following year and retaking her maiden name. She was employed in the electronics industry, working for Crydom Corporation, Ford Aerospace and finally Loral Corporation in Newport Beach. She retired in 1996 and began her second career in the field she truly loved, childcare. She enjoyed cross-stitch, movies, concerts, spending time with family and friends, endless games of Scrabble, and, above all else, ice cream.

After a long, hard battle with emphysema, she left us, just after midnight, on Monday, January 10, 2011, at the age of 79. She is survived by her children – Deborah L. Henning Verplancke of Lake Forest, Robin R. Henning of Orange, and Paul R. Henning of Pine Valley; by her granddaughters – Kristin L. Stahr of Palm Springs and Melanie L. Stahr Jackson of Lake Forest; by her great-grandchildren – Jacob A. and Hailey M. Jackson; and by her siblings – Cyril J. Felling of Sauk Centre, MN, Ernest M. Felling of Brook Park, OH, Rudolph A. Felling of Waite Park, MN, Delores C. Felling Handeland of Cottage Grove, MN, Dorothy J. Felling Unger of Sauk Centre, MN, Shirley V. Felling Goering of Crookston, MN, and Georgia E. Felling Rooney of Belgrade, MN. She is also survived by hundreds of cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband and father of her children, her sisters Madeleine M. Felling Roel of Baxter, MN, and Bertha A. Felling who died in infancy; and her brothers Wilfred C. Felling of Santa Ana, CA, Joseph J. ‘Buddy’ Felling of Visalia, CA, Garhard D. Felling of Belgrade, MN, and Bernard N. Felling of Litchfield, MN.

A celebration of her life will be conducted at the O’Connor Mortuary located at 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA, on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following at the residence of her daughter at 25625 Orchard Rim Lane, Lake Forest, CA. Flowers are appreciated, but the family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Loverna’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or, that living plants be given instead. Condolences may be posted to her obituary at

May we always remember and cherish the love she brought us.

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17 responses to Loverna Margaret Felling

  1. It was very obvious how much family met to Aunt Lovie. She was always interested in how everyone was doing and she never missed sending a birthday card and calling to keep in touch. She made it a point to visit my mother, Dorothy Felling, during her 13 years of illness so it gave me great pleasure to be here for her during her time of need. I am sure she is having fun catching up with those who have gone before her. I love you Aunt Lovie!

  2. My heartfelt condolences to the many members of Loverna’s family. May you find comfort in the many prayers for you and your beloved Loverna.

    I grew up with Loverna and Urban’s children in Santa Ana. My mother, Betty Arndt, was her dear friend, and loved Loverna as a sister.

    I grew up in awe of Loverna’s beauty, kindness and generosity. As an adult, I came to appreciate the fine, strong woman she had always been; and appreciated the friendship and love she shared with my mother.

    I’m not sure she’ll get to rest for very long, because my mom and others will be there to welcome Loverna with open and loving arms.

    I do know that Loverna is at peace in the hands of Our Lord.

  3. Toby Sosbee says:

    Please accept our deepest condolences. Our family sends it’s prayers that God places a hedge of comfort over your family during this time.

  4. Our deepest condolences to Kristin and her family on their loss. Our prayers are with you

  5. bruce says:

    Our dear aunt Lovie, your beauty was so much more than skin deep. You will be missed. Rest in peace, I love you,
    always will. Say hi; to your baby brother for I miss him dearly! bruce

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