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Lorraine Merten, 83

Lorraine Marie Merten, 83, died February 27, 2009.

Lorraine was born August 6, 1925 in Sauk Centre to William and Elizabeth (Otto) Dickhaus. She was raised and schooled in Sauk Centre. After graduating from high school Lorraine worked for Swift and Company poultry processors.

On October 29, 1946 Lorraine was united in marriage to Ralph Merten at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The couple made their home on various farms around Sauk Centre. They retired from farming in 1992 and Ralph died a year later in 1993. In 1994 Lorraine moved from the farm to a home in Alexandria. She later made her home at Bethel Manor in Alexandria.

When she was able, Lorraine enjoyed keeping a large flower and vegetable garden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Ralph Merten.

Lorraine is survived by her brother, Raymond Dickhaus, and wife, Ione of Alexandria; her sister, Marlene Justin and husband, Donald, of St. Cloud; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 7 at the Church of St. Mary in Alexandria. The Reverend Father Steven Binsfeld was the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Paul's Cemetery at Sauk Centre. Casket bearers included James Wagner Sr., Matthew Wagner, Jeff Keller, Randy Retherford, Steve Andree and Ryan Wagner.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;