Theresa (Kandt) Lorson, 93, of rural Hope, died Wednesday, March 8 at Via Christi, Manhattan surrounded by family. She was born on the family farm in the Shady Brook Community, rural Herington, Kansas to Heinrich Victor Edward and Sophia (Stroda) Kandt. She attended the Union District 18 country school and graduated from Woodbine High School where she excelled in track, specialized in speech and journalism, and graduated as salutatorian, class of 1947.  After graduation, she worked for six months as a maid in the Junction City Hospital, followed by working two years in payroll and merchandise accounting at United Utilities in Abilene.

On Oct. 15, 1949, she was united in marriage to Paul Lorson at St. John Catholic Church in Herington. He preceded her in death June 13, 2002. After marriage, they lived their entire lives on their farm near Hope. They were inseparable and loved to dance, fish, hunt and travel together. They also worked side by side in almost everything including fixing fences, planting, and harvesting crops, working with the sheep before switching to cattle. Paul was an electrician and together they owned and operated Lorson Electric where, for many years, they also manufactured Handy-Dandy welders and shipped them throughout the U.S. Manufacturing began in their farm shop where they worked every chance between farming duties and late into the night building the welders after putting the kids to bed. After moving the shop into Hope and hiring more help, she served only as the secretary and treasurer for the electric and welder business. They also raised registered black German Shepherd dogs for many years, shipping them all over the U.S., many for placement in sheriff and police departments. Theresa was a Tupperware dealer for five years, during which she was once named ‘Dealer of the Year.’ She drove a 45-passenger school bus for Hope Rural Vista School District 481 for 18 years, owned and operated the Hope Laundromat for 19 years and was a National Weather Service observer for 20 years. Lastly, from July 1991 thru December 2020, she was an assistant at the Carlson-Becker Funeral Home in Hope. 


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