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Loraine (Mrs. Lester) Nelson

Monday, December 29, 2008
4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Kramer Family Funeral Home
Welcome, Mn

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
10:00 AM until 11:00 AM

Nazareth Lutheran Church
Armstrong, Ia

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
11:00 AM

Nazareth Lutheran Church
Armstrong, Ia

Loraine Marie Fenrich was born September 20, 1924, daughter of Charles and Alma (Hagen) Fenrich in their rural home in Tenhassen Township, rural Ceylon, Minnesota. She was baptized on October 19, 1924 and later confirmed on April 2, 1939 at St. Peters Lutheran Church of Lake Belt Township, (now in Ceylon). She attended various schools in Martin County, District #56 and #58, Dunnell Public School and later graduated from Sherburn High School in the class of 1943. Loraine was employed at the State Bank of Ceylon, where she was the Assistant Cashier at the time of the 1948 Ceylon Bank robbery. On December 18, 1950, she was united in marriage to Lester L. Nelson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome, Minnesota. After their marriage, they farmed in Swea Township, Armstrong, Iowa until 1970 when they moved to their home in Lake Belt Township, Rural Ceylon, Minnesota. She took pride in working with her husband on the farm doing field work and working with livestock. She said, “It was peaceful and quiet, no one to talk back to you, just the good earth below you, beautiful scenery to observe, the blue sky above and God above all. Nothing but the machinery to give one a bad time.” Loraine enjoyed gardening and canning, giving the surplus to relatives and friends. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, playing MahJongg, being with friends and the places they visited together. She worked as a nurses aid at Lakeview and Crestview Homes in Fairmont. Loraine then worked for twenty-three years for Stokley Van-Camp Company, Pictsweet, United Foods, (all the same place) as a line worker, forelady, timekeeper and Quality Control. She taught Sunday school and was a member of the Luther League at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon. She also taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Adult Bible Class-Bethel Series at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City, Iowa. She later joined Nazareth Lutheran Church in Armstrong, Iowa where she taught Confirmation class during the absences of a pastor, and was a member of it’s NLCW.

Loraine died on Christmas, Thursday morning, December 25, 2008 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa at the age of eighty-four years.

Survivors include her two daughters, Roberta Walburn and husband, Royce, and Ronelva Reiman and husband, Allen, both of Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren, Rebecca and husband, Russell Woodring, Jeremy and his wife, Danielle Walburn and Jason Walburn; six great-grandchildren; Taylor Kauzlarich, Andrew and Kamyra Woodring, Royce Albert, Alanis and Ryann Walburn; brother, Verner and wife, Hilda Fenrich of Grove City, Minnesota; sister, Laura Nagel of Fairmont, Minnesota; brother-in-law, John Nelson and wife, Laurie of rural Ceylon, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Gladys Sheek of LaMirada, California and Ardyth Fernich of Santa Maria, California; several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
Loraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester Nelson who died on February 23, 1999; brother, Robert Fenrich; nephew, Kirk; brother-in-law, Arthur Nagel; and other relatives.

Interment will be in Lake Belt Cemetery in rural Ceylon, Minnesota.


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