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MISSION - Lorraine P. Kolenda, 79, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in McAllen.
Mrs. Kolenda was born to Andrew and Helga Petersen on Sept. 15, 1933, in Chicago, Ill. At age 22, she married, Bob Kolenda, and they moved to the Rio Grande Valley nearly 35 years ago and established K -10 Enterprises where she served as vice-president and general manager.
She served on various boards including the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Mission Chamber of Commerce, Mission Economic Development Authority and Salvation Army. In 1997, she was named Business Person of the Year for Mission.
A member of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Pharr, she served in a variety of ministries including the board of trustees and secretary-treasurer for many years.
She is survived by her husband and her siblings, Karen Cooper of Indianapolis, Ind. and Donald Petersen of Springfield, Mo.
Viewing will be at Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen, on Friday, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The memorial service will be held at Full Gospel on Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Luis Medina officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to be made in her honor to the missions fund at Full Gospel Tabernacle, 702 West Sam Houston Avenue, Pharr, TX 78577.
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