Lorraine P. Louis, age 100, of Cambridge died July 6, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 16th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cambridge, there will be no visitation at church. Masks are strongly encouraged. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15th at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge.
Lorraine Philomene Louis (Ostrum) Age 100, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Sister died peacefully on July 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Victor; parents, Matilda (Jordan) and Gunnar Ostrum and stepmother, Florence Ostrum, sister and brother-in-law Marianne and Walter Brueggemann and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Frank and Dolores Schreier. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen (David) Skiba; 4 grandchildren, Michael (Sally), Christopher (Melissa), Kari (Joseph) Stanek and Patrick (Jennifer); 14 great grandchildren, Bryce, Nathan, Mikayla; Meghan, Caleb, Victoria; Sykora, Cyana, Zynita; Peter, Abigail, Andrew, Matthew and Sarah; sisters Carol (Darrell) Fager and Darlene (Dennis) Claugherty.
Lorraine graduated from Washington High School in St. Paul on June 17, 1938. She began her working career as a check-out clerk at National Tea. Lorraine and Victor were married on July 1, 1944 while Victor was serving our country during WWII as engineer in the Merchant Marines. After his service in 1946, she then worked with her husband in the office of his blacksmith and welding shop and later their Ornamental Iron Company. Then she went to work at St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company as an underwriter until her retirement. She did some traveling as part of her work as an underwriter and then in their retirement, she and Victor were able to travel to some new and favorite haunts with friends.
Lorraine has been a member of St. Andrew’s parish, St.Paul; St. John’s of Little Canada and later Christ the King in Cambridge, MN. She was active with many activities in her church and community including planning Washington High School Reunions. She had many hobbies, sewing (especially making doll clothes for the girls or patching pants for the boys), gardening, ceramics, reading, knitting, scrapbooking, and in her later years working on family ancestry. Lorraine also loved the Vikings and the MN State Fair, especially watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren exhibit. She loved to bake and cook and even last Christmas, made over 20 loaves of dessert bread for family and friends.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 15, 4 pm to 7 pm at Strike Life Tributes, 720 1st Ave. East Cambridge, MN 55008. Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, July 16, 11 am Christ the King Catholic Church, 305 Fern Street, Cambridge, MN 55008. Interment at Christ the King Catholic Church Cemetery. (There will not be a visitation at the church on Thursday.)
The family would like to extend their sincere thank you to the staff at the Assisted Living area of Presbyterian Home in Cambridge, MN. and Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis for their kindness and loving care during her final week.
Jacki Frarck says
To the Skiba Family your mom loved being at the fair and how she enjoyed watching alk the kids I loved her kind words and her smile
Carolyn Callahan says
Lorraine lived next door to my mother, Dolores Westerberg, at Mill Ridge Apartments. She was so cheerful and loved to visit. We were gifted with her banana bread and liked her whistling Santa. When she and my mother moved to Grace Pointe she made it a point to visit Mom. Such a kind, gracious lady.