BERESFORD, SD—Laura “Lori” Lea Brewers, 60, Beresford, SD, formerly of Hawarden, died Friday, March 12, 2021, in her home. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at United Church of Christ in Alcester, SD, with the Rev. Penny Nance officiating. Burial will be at Beresford City Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, with family present 5-7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.
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Laura “Lori” Lea Brewers, daughter of Donald and Merrilyn (McManaman) Finch Sr., was born in New Mexico Dec. 12, 1960. Not long after her birth, the family moved to Hawarden, where Lori graduated from West Sioux Community School at the top of her class in 1979. She graduated from Nettleton College in 1980. She married her first husband, Dale Jurrens, in 1980. Lori and Dale had two children together, Nicole Jorgensen and Neal Jurrens. In 2007, Lori married Greg Brewers of Beresford, SD.
Lori greatly enjoyed her career as a legal assistant, working for the firm of Gubbrud and Haugland in Alcester, SD, from shortly after college until 1996 and the Frieberg, Nelson and Ask firm in Beresford, SD, from 1996 until her retirement in November 2019. Lori loved listening to all types of music and spending time with her family and friends. She most enjoyed boating and spending as much time as possible at the families’ second home near the Missouri River. She was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (“ALS”) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2018 but was determined to not let the disease take away her amazing spirit, positive attitude, outlook on life and her ability to smile and laugh each day. Lori was a loving mother to Nicole and Neal, and stepsons Thomas and Hayden. She inspired her family and friends by always seeing the best in others and every situation she faced. Her laugh was contagious and her love was genuine and endless. She died peacefully at her home in Beresford, SD, March 12, 2021.
Lori is survived by her husband, Greg Brewers, of Beresford, SD; daughter, Nicole Jorgensen and son-in-law, Jessie Jorgensen, of rural Beresford, SD; son, Neal Jurrens, of Beresford, SD; stepson, Thomas Brewers, of Sioux Falls, SD; stepson, Hayden Brewers, of Brookings, SD; two step-grandchildren, Kylee and Emma Jorgensen; stepfather, Bernie Schiefen, of Sun City, AZ; brother, Terry Finch, of Loveland, CO; sister, Linda Van Wyhe and her husband, Larry Van Wyhe, of Hawarden, IA; brother, Ronald “Buddy” Finch and his wife, Sharon Finch, of Loveland, CO; stepsister, Cheryl Ten Napel and her husband, Robert Ten Napel, of Ireton, IA; mother-in-law, Beth Brewers, of Ghent, MN; sister-in-law, Chris Pesch and her husband, Jim Pesch, of Taunton, MN; and many nieces, and nephews.
Lori was preceded in death by her father, Donald Finch Sr.; her mother, Merrilyn Schiefen (McManaman); her brother, Donald I. Finch Jr.; and her father-in-law, Thomas Brewers.