January 10, 1928 – May 23, 2021
Born in Hooper, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE
Mary Ann Toren
Mary Ann Toren, 93, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday May 23, 2021.
Mary was born January 10, 1928 in Hooper, Nebraska to George and Carrie (Luther) Looschen. She was a graduate of Hooper High School class of 1945 and went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing and joined the United States Cadet Nursing Corps. As a Cadet Nurse she worked 5 years at University Hospital in Omaha as a floor supervising nurse and student nurse instructor.
While working in Omaha she met a WWII veteran and medical student, Richard (Dick) Carl Toren. They were married April 17, 1949 in Hooper, and following Dick’s graduation from medical school, moved to St. Paul Minnesota where their 2 sons, Richard and David were born. They moved to Sioux Falls South Dakota while Dick worked at the VA Hospital. In 1961, Lincoln, Nebraska became their home.
Mary was a devoted member of Sheridan Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday School, led Bethel Bible Study and Thursday Prayer Study group, was a member of Altar Guild, and volunteered for many years in the kitchen. She also belonged to the Lincoln Country Club, PEO Chapter CS, Questors antique group, the American Legion Junior Auxiliary, the Lancaster County Medical Auxiliary, and the Medical Alliance and was a board member for the Lincoln Art Association, Lincoln Symphony, and Lincoln/Lancaster Country Mental Health Foundation. She served as a Pink Lady at Lincoln General Hospital, a Cub Scout leader, a Red Cross CPR instructor, and volunteered for Morrill Hall and Meals on Wheels. Mary was an avid reader, and cherished her time at the Lincoln Public Libraries, particularly Gere Library.
She will most want to be remembered for her love for her church, her family, and her wonderful friends. They were all such an important part of her life.
Mary is survived by her son, Richard B. Toren and daughter-in-law Sara H. LeRoy-Toren; her 2 granddaughters Erica Toren (Matt Sayer) and Willa Toren-Senn (Jeremy Senn); 4 great-grandchildren, Niles and Claire Senn, and Sophia and Austin Sayer, sister Jean Osterloh, brother George E. Looschen, nieces and nephews, and former daughter-in-law Lori Hruska and longtime special friends Marilyn Maude, Susan Christensen, Pete Maude and Matt Maude. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Richard Toren, son Dr. David Toren, sister Carolyn Tooley and her parents.
The service for Mary will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 3 at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Road in Lincoln. A private internment will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park prior to the service.
Memorials may be sent directly to The Lincoln Library Foundation at 136 S 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68508, Lincoln Food Bank at 4840 Doris Bair Cir A, Lincoln, NE 68504, or Sheridan Lutheran ELCA church at 6955 Old Cheney Rd, Lincoln, NE 68516.
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