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Lorraine Carstens, 90

Lorraine Rose Carstens, 90, Alexandria, formerly of Morris, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Lorraine, daughter of William and Olga (Senholtz) Erdman, was born June 6, 1923 near Kidder, South Dakota. She grew up in the Hancock area with her siblings; Freda, Bud and Rollo.

Lorraine attended country school and enjoyed riding horseback. During her high school days, Lorraine lived with Mrs. Warner and graduated from Hancock High School. She was united in marriage to Walter Carstens on October 6, 1941.

The couple lived with Walters folks before renting a farm near Danvers. In 1946, they purchased a farm in Hodges Township, east of Morris. The couple was blessed with four children, Elinor, Dennis, Marvel and Richard.

Lorraine and Walter retired from farming in 1976 and continued to live on the farm until 1994, when they moved to Morris. Walter died on May 1, 1998. Lorraine continued to live in Morris before entering Grand Arbor in Alexandria in October of 2011.

She was a charter member of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris. Lorraine enjoyed sewing, gardening, music and bird watching. She will be remembered for her good home cooked meals. Lorraines greatest loves were her family and faith.

She is lovingly survived by her daughter and family, Elinor (Pierre) Gbedey, Madison, WI and Catherine Gbedey; her daughter-in-law and family, Barb Carstens, Alexandria, Lori (Alexandr) Lipchanskiy and Jacob, Chris Carstens, Cindy (Doug) Paulson, Mikkel and Abbigale; her daughter and family, Marvel (Marlo) Steinhorst, Alexandria, Becky (Lonnie) Bode, Annie and Tollie, Jessica (Tim) Larson, Ryan and Seth; her son and family, Richard (Trudy) Carstens, Alexandria, David (Elizabeth), Abrianna and Hannah, Steven (Elisa), Devyn, Alexander and Carter, Crystal (Jon) Madsen, Grace and Taylor; and sister-in-law, Ivy Erdman, Monticello.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Dennis; grandson, Ricky Carstens; and siblings, Freda, Bud and Rollo.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 10 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris with the Rev. Mark Tiefel officiating.

Visitation is Thursday at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in Morris.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the funeral arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at