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Fern Lentz Dronen
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Birth: Jun. 30, 1949
Cowlitz County
Washington, USA
Death: May 21, 2010
Chelan County
Washington, USA

Fern Elaine Dronen, 60, of Cashmere, passed away Friday, May 21, 2010.

Fern was born June 20, 1949, in Longview, WA and moved to Cashmere in 1963, with her parents, Herbert Lentz and Dorothy (Brisky) Lentz, and her sister, Deidre. Fern attended high school in Cashmere. Over the years, she lived primarily in the Cashmere-Wenatchee area, with a brief time in Oregon and Montana.

Fern's first job was working at the hospital, training as a lab technician until she moved to Brewster, where she took in three young children, whom later she adopted as her own. Over the years, she worked in the packing sheds and as a waitress and cook. But to talk with her, she felt her best experience, was working as a caregiver to several adults in Wenatchee.

Her niece, Jennifer Duff of Springfield, OR said, "My aunt was an amazing cook who impressed even my husband, who, to this day, tries to replicate her amazing cheese bread. She was a constant gardener and canner and we were blessed by her generosity as a result. I still have the antique jars she put up jelly in — I've meant to send them back to her for about ten years now. She had an irreverent sense of humor and was down to earth when it came to looking at life. I loved that. She was strong-willed enough for me to respect and admire her -- and she had a beautiful singing voice that stunned me the first time I heard it. My older daughter remembers ‘getting the eggs' with her when she first met her - her home at the time was an amazing, snow-filled adventure of a place."

Her cousin, Marilyn Thysell, shared that, "When Fern worked at restaurants, she was a good waitress." Her uncle, Harold, said that when they went to one in Cashmere, she was very quick and efficient. My friend in Cashmere, who had a summer cabin in Lake Wenatchee, also said, "when she took over the cooking at the Squirrel Tree, the food improved 100 percent." Fern was a hard worker at any job she was hired to do. She enjoyed being around people.

"I remember Fern always liking to be in the woods, she liked fishing; yes, she had to have her garden and boy, did she grow sunflowers. She took top Grand Prize for her huge sunflower at the Chelan County Fair." She enjoyed seeing what she could grow in her veggie garden, no matter where she lived. She also liked old-fashioned things and old family photos.

"One personal incident was when she was still in high school and I was working. She and I went out back of our ranch to get a Christmas tree. Oh, we got it alright. I had her shimmy up the tree with a little saw and work away. Well, the tree came down, Fern came down, both on yours truly. We laughed our backsides off all the way back to the house... but we had a fair looking tree. Okay, one little side had a divot where the little limb broke off, after we all ended up in one heap."

As for me, her sister, I have more memories than space will allow, of a sister who truly loved to help people, always putting others needs first, to the point where sometimes it left her without. She would sit down by someone she didn't know in the nursing home where our mom was and start talking to that lonely person and soon have them laughing and sharing with her. She led a hard life, on her own terms, and she will be missed by many.

Fern is survived by her son, Walter Perry of Oregon; and her two daughters, Linda Reagan of East Wenatchee and Dina Tallman of Everett; several grandchildren; and her sister, Deidre Mathews of Olympia.

A Memorial Service will be held for friends and family, and will be announced at a later date by Linda Dronen.

Wenatchee World Thursday, May 27, 2010 
Family links: 
  Herbert W Lentz (1916 - 1978)
  Dorothy Virginia Brisky Lentz (1921 - 2004)
Cashmere Cemetery
Chelan County
Washington, USA
Plot: 2-12-2-7A
Created by: BONNIE
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52792658
Fern <i>Lentz</i> Dronen
Added by: BONNIE
Fern <i>Lentz</i> Dronen
Added by: BONNIE
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