Doris Brege was born Doris Louise Hafemann on January 2, 1924 to the late Walter Wilhelm Johannes Hafemann and Rose Ella (Campbell) Hafemann in Buffalo, North Dakota. She was baptized into faith at Buffalo Lutheran Church, attending Sunday school; her summer Bible verse was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (KJV). Doris had a great love of music; starting with being taught to play organ by her grandmother, she also learned to sing, yodel, and play guitar. She took great pride in the fact that she had a catalog of hymns that she had memorized and could sing by heart.
Doris had an older sister, Esther, and a younger brother, Warren. She grew up living and working on her parent’s farm in Buffalo, North Dakota, until she moved with her parents and Warren from Buffalo to Bonduel by rail in April 1939. Although Doris loved going to school and learning, and had started attending Casselton High School in North Dakota, she was unable to graduate because upon moving to Wisconsin, she went to work to support herself. Doris married Herman Deering, Jr. on September 21, 1941 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zachow. Together they had four children: Judy Ann, Joan Rose, Bonnie Adeline, and Keith Herman Deering. The family moved several times, eventually ending up in Big Bend. Doris and Herman divorced in 1965.
Doris started a new chapter of her life when she married Richard Brege on October 28, 1967. They lived in rural communities near Milwaukee until 2004 when they moved to the Appleton area to be closer to family. Doris was welcomed into heaven when she died peacefully on January 23, 2018 at the age of 94. She is survived by her husband of over fifty years, Richard Brege; her daughters: Judy Kienow of Hortonville and Bonnie Holtz of Greenville and her special friend Kathy Mallmann; 11 grandchildren; more than 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandson; and son-in-law Don Knadle.
She is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Rose Hafemann; her sister Esther; her brother Warren; her first husband Herman; her son Keith Deering; her daughter Joan Knadle; her great-granddaughter Bethany; and her son-in-law Harvey Kienow.
A memorial service for Doris will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, W7265 School Road, Greenville, with Rev. John Qualmann officiating. Visitation will be held at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
A heartfelt thanks to ThedaCare at Home Hospice team and all the fabulous nurses and staff at King Veterans Home. We cannot express our appreciation enough to all who walked along side Doris and her family on her journey to heaven.