March 26, 1918 – Jan. 21, 2011
Lenore Farness of Waukesha passed away Friday,
Jan. 21, 2011, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 92. Lenore was
born March 26, 1918, in Bay View, the daughter of Norma and Leonard Kelly.
Lenore attended Perishing Grade School in West Milwaukee, West Milwaukee
High School and graduated from South Division High School in Milwaukee in
She was a professional musician all her life and a
member of the Milwaukee Musician’s Union. Lenore played trumpet with the
Milwaukee Civic Symphonic Band and the West Allis Concert Band. She was
also the business manager for both groups for 10 years and managed the
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In her early years, she traveled with the
Nick Borealt Stage Show out of Chicago and covered most of the eastern
United States in winter. Summers were spent playing fairs in the west. In
1944, she sang and played trumpet with a trio of mothers who had children
enrolled in Himount School in Milwaukee.
Lenore worked for Wisconsin Motors, Allis Chalmers,
the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee and the ophthalmology research
department of the Wisconsin Medical College. She married Erling I. Farness
in 1940 until his demise in 1981. Their daughter, the late Marcia Ellen,
was born in 1942 in Milwaukee. On retirement, Lenore and her husband moved
to Phoenix, Ariz., where they lived until his death. She then returned to
Waukesha, where she began playing with a dance show band, The Senior
Songsters. This continued until the director, Leo Kennedy, died. Lenore
kept the group together as Joyful Sound. She also sang and played trumpet
with the Waukesha Original Senior Songster Chorus for 20 years. Lenore
sang with a Salvation Army chorus in Dousman the first Tuesday of almost
Lenore is lovingly survived by her son-in-law,
Paul Hein; grandsons, David Dillett, Carl (Linda) Hein, David (Lisa) Hein
and Douglas (Laurie) Hein; granddaughter, Phyllis (James) Manka;
great-grandsons, Robert Sommer, J.J. Sommer, Ben Sommer, Damien Dillett,
Dalton Hein, Aaron Hein and Spencer Hein; great-granddaughter, Meredith
Hein; nieces and nephews, Kristine Farness, Matt Bogusz, Justin Bogusz and
Donald (the late Sigrun) Farness.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Erling; daughter, Marcia; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Hein.
Per Lenore’s request, there will be no services
For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata &
Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services at 542-6609 or
the online obituary or to leave condolences.