Lorene A. Pocan Naenawehtakuhkiw

Lorene Ann Pocan, Naenawehtakuhkiw (Warrior Woman), age 83, began her spiritual journey on Nov. 19, 2015, surrounded by her family. Lorene endured a valiant struggle with Parkinson’s disease for eight years. She grew up at Crowsettlement and attended St. Joe’s School in Keshena, later graduating from Shawano High School. On Sept. 29, 1951, she married Edmund E. Pocan. Their family consisted of seven children and they raised several foster children. Lorene’s life was devoted to her family and to her community evident by her work with the Menominee Tribal Legislature, Menominee Restoration Committee, her dedication to St. Anthony’s Church in Neopit, the Menominee Tribal Enterprises Board of Directors, and the College of Menominee Nation Board, Language and Culture Board, D.R.U.M.S. and various sub-committees.

Lorene enjoyed attending silent retreats with her daughters and granddaughter on Chambers Island, she loved being around her grandchildren, camping with her family and going to the local casinos. Lorene was an international traveler and made three pilgrimages that included places like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jericho, Bethlehem, Greece, and Rome to name a few. Lorene’s journey through this life was guided by her ability to listen to the creator’s voice inside her, to feel her presence of God, to set goals that would help her be true and trust that God was always with her and around her, to guide her.

Lorene is survived by her children, Jeanette (David) McDowell, of Oklahoma, Lynnette (Dusty) Miller, of Neopit, Debbie (Frankie) Reiter, of Keshena, Alice Pocan, of Green Bay, Allen (Deb) Pocan, of Keshena, and Sharon Pocan, of Madison; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and one brother, Leroy Waupoose, of Keshena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund; one son, Edward; her sisters, Tillie Zhuckkahosee, Virginia Shawanokasic, Rosene Wescott, Tina Johnson, Evelyn Waupoose and Irene Tebeau; and two brothers, Al and Robert Waupoose.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Neopit with the Rev. Joel Jores officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Neopit Community Center on Nov. 21, 2015, from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. A parish wake service will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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