Lorene L. Jewell

Lorene L. Jewell

July 24, 1924 – September 24, 2023

Lorene our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother passed Sept. 24, 2023, surrounded by loving family and caregivers.

Lorene Lois Klug was born on the family farm in Hadar, Nebraska (near Norfolk) to Max and Ada Klug. She had one sibling, Captain Frederick Klug who preceded her in death.

Lorene graduated from Norfolk Senior High. Lorene was married to Dan Jewell for over 50 years. He fondly called her “Mom” and credited her with teaching him how to love and for being the reason he had such a successful law practice. When Dan was President of the Nebraska Bar Association, Lorene was the first wife of a president to the Bar to present a luncheon speech to all the wives of the lawyers who attended the annual Nebraska Bar Association Convention, where she received a standing ovation.

Lorene was quite the businesswoman and successfully helped manage the family farms. While she managed a Norfolk clothing store, the New York owners referred to her as “The Golden Girl” as her store was their most prosperous store in the nation. Lorene started “The Jumble Shop,” a used clothing and miscellaneous business to earn money in support of the Episcopal Church and The Lady’s Guild

Lorene was a member of the Episcopal church in Norfolk, NE. She was a social butterfly who loved all kinds of card games, especially Bridge, Cribbage, Rummy, and 10-point Pitch. She enjoyed traveling the world and spending time with her family at their homes in Norfolk, NE; Brainerd, MN; Scottsdale, AZ; and later San Antonio, TX. She lived a full, happy life and could never spend enough time with her family and friends. She was a true matriarch and kept everyone in line. Her genuine love, sense of humor, charisma, and charm will be remembered for years to come

Lorene is survived by her daughter, Michelle Jewell-Heller (husband, Bill Heller); son, Richard Klug; stepdaughter, Danielle Jewell; 4 grandchildren: Brandon Tilts (wife, Dawn), Zach Tilts (wife, Eliza), Shelby Stevens (husband, Jeremiah), Jackie Drown (husband, Scott); 2 great-grandchildren, Everley and Jack Stevens’ special caregiver. Sue Volety; close family friends. She valued her family and friends more than anything and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Private family services have been held.



  • patricia janda Posted October 1, 2023 8:26 pm

    Michelle, I was so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. Know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  • Bev Henkel Posted October 2, 2023 8:43 pm

    I remember Lorene when she lived in Norfolk. The Jumble Shoo and other ways she was active in the community. Welcoming, always taking time for a visit. Peace to her memory
    Bev Henkel

  • Beth Kuhl Peterson Posted October 5, 2023 2:26 pm

    Michelle, I am sorry to learn of your mother’s passing and am thankful she led such a long and fulfilling life. I remember her so well from my days when employed as a secretary at the Jewell et al Law Firm and always enjoyed conversations with your grandmother, Ada Klug, about our Hadar-Pierce connection. May your family’s many happy memories bring you comfort.

  • Mary DeBacker Carlson Posted October 7, 2023 10:41 am

    Hello Michelle, I’m very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was very special to me! I cleaned for Lorene in the 1990’s ….I can’t remember exact dates…..for at least 4 Years. My name at that time was Mary Miles.
    God Bless you and I’m praying for your family.

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