Lorraine Marthaler, 77Lorraine Marthaler, 77, of Osakis, formerly of West Union, died unexpectedly at her West View apartment on Sunday morning, June 19, 2011.
Lorraine Marthaler, 77, of Osakis, formerly of West Union, died unexpectedly at her West View apartment on Sunday morning, June 19, 2011.
Lorraine was born October 18, 1933 in Meire Grove to Herman and Anna (Middendorf) Klaphake. She attended District 54 country school in Stearns County. For several years after high school Lorraine worked at St. Michael’s Hospital in Sauk Centre, caring for a woman with disabilities.
On September 3, 1955 Lorraine was united in marriage to Anthony Marthaler at St. John’s Catholic Church in Meire Grove. They dairy farmed for many years near West Union, until their retirement, when they moved to a small grain farm just northwest of their home place. Anthony passed away in 1999 and then in 2007 Lorraine moved in to Osakis.
Lorraine was a very active member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union. She belonged to the St. Anne’s Christian Mothers, the Daughters of Isabella in Osakis (serving as the regent) and also chaired the sausage suppers at St. Alexius for more than 19 years. Lorraine also belonged to the Osakis VFW Auxiliary, the Sauk Centre American Legion and the St. Michael Hospital Auxiliary. In addition, she found a way to volunteer her time helping the Red Cross, the MCCL and was a member of the Community Memorial Home Auxiliary. She also belonged to the rosary group that volunteer regularly at the nursing home. Just for some fun, she also belonged to a local Red Hat club.
Besides the many hours Lorraine spent helping others, she also had many interests and hobbies of her own. She was a wonderful cook who spent hours baking and cooking for her own and her large extended family. She was always in charge of making the homemade dressing and gravy at any family gatherings. She enjoyed going golfing, bowling, playing cards, doing embroidery, needlework and quilting and going fishing with family. She was a great sports fan too, who especially liked watching the Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves play. The greatest joy in her life, however, was just spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Greg and Theresa Marthaler of Osakis, Ken Marthaler of Sauk Centre and Debbie White of Shakopee; six grandchildren, Jason (Emily) Marthaler, Jeni (PJ) Wanderscheid, Eric Marthaler, Darian Anderson, Kaden and Alexa White; two great-grandchildren, Isabella Marthaler and Miah Wanderscheid; siblings, Herman (Kathy) Klaphake, Edward (Marlene) Klaphake, Margaret (Herb) Breitbach of Elrosa, Val (Steve) Kral of Osakis; a brother-in-law, Fr. Andrew Marthaler; her sisters-in-law, Louise Klaphake, Sr. Germana, O.S.B., Sr. Mary Peter, P.C., Joan (Chuck) Pfannestein and Imelda (Jack) McCann; many nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Anthony; and a daughter, Jean Anne Marthaler; a brother, Tony Klaphake and a sister, Leona Boeckermann.
A Mass of Resurrection was held for Lorraine on Wednesday, June 22 at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union with Fr. James Stotz and Fr. Andrew Marthaler officiating. Musicians were organist, Julie Bottelberghe and the St. Alexius church choir. Interment was at the church cemetery with honorary pallbearers being her godchildren, Tom Boeckermann, Peter Marthaler, Jim Klaphake, Jane Hougnon, Kyle Dirkes, Kristi McCann and Sheli LaCrosse. Active bearers were Jason and Eric Marthaler, Darian Anderson, PJ Wanderscheid, Jim Klaphake and Jerry Imdieke.
Memorials in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the Holy Family School of Sauk Centre and also MCCL.
Arrangements are being handled by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.
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