WKEB Obituaries Blog

Ellen "LaNae" Werner


Ellen “LaNae” Werner, 94 of Medford, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Country Gardens, under the care of Hope Hospice.


A funeral service for LaNae will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Community United Church of Christ, with Pastor Teri Hanson officiating. Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery 2. Visitation will take place at Community United Church of Christ on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.


LaNae was born on October 19, 1928 to Martin and Anna (Pope) Brecke in Dorchester. She graduated from Dorchester High School. LaNae continued her education at Taylor County Normal School. She married William Werner Sr. on February 28, 1948 at the family farm in Dorchester; he precedes her in death.


LaNae was a homemaker for 8 children. She was a skilled gardener and quilter. She was a member of the Medford School Board 1971 - 1983. She was also active in the PTA, cub scouts and boy scouts, and the CUCC Women’s Guild and Candlelight Circle.


LaNae is survived by her children, William (Diana) Werner Jr. of Abbotsford, Robert (Kristine) Werner of Madison, Barry (Jane) Werner of Medford, Becky (Ted) Hans of Niskayuna, NY, Bonnie (Guy) Masuda of Newbury Park, CA, Bryon Werner of Medford, Bruce (Bonnie) Werner of New Richmond, and Beth (Jeff) Abegglen of Stetsonville; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. LaNae is further survived by other family and friends.


LaNae was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, Edward, Norma, Mable, Myrtle, and Mary Lou.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations in LaNae's name may be given to St. Jude's Children Hospital or the UCC Candlelight Guilde.


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.


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