Loraine E. Ketterhagen

  • Date of Birth: May 18, 1926
  • Date of Death: September 19, 2017
  • Bio

    Resized95zcamera-2017092095133620Loraine E. (nee Yanke) Ketterhagen, 91 years old, found peace on 9/19/2017. Born May 18th, 1926 to LeRoy H. and Ella E. (nee Smith) Yanke in Crystal Lake IL.

    During the Depression the family moved frequently from Crystal Lake to Milwaukee with stops in Elkhorn, Lake Geneva and Burlington.

    Loraine attended multiple grade schools, Racine Co Agriculture School (2 years), and graduated from Burlington High School in 1943 at age 16.

    Married Lawrence D. Ketterhagen at Gesu Church in 1947. Resided on Ketterhagen family farm outside of Waterford for over 50 years (while raising 5 children) before moving to Francis Meadows Senior Apts. in 2001.

    She worked many jobs outside the home over the years. (Coral Reef, Montgomery Ward, Jewel T, Burlington Mills, Bull-Ring Factory, Watkins and Stanley Products to name a few)  Retired from NEL-Frequency Controls after 27 years.

    After retirement she volunteered for Meals on Wheels as a driver and at Burlington Memorial Hospital. She was an active Senior Citizen as a delegate to CWAG and as President of the Waterford/Rochester Senior Group for over 10 years.

    She enjoyed traveling—by van, plane, bus and cruise ships; especially winters in Florida and Arizona.  She loved all card games, casino trips, reading, Wheel of Fortune, Lawrence Welk, listening to Daniel O’Donnell and getting together with family and friends.  Loraine was a great cook, known  especially for the Lemon Meringue Pies, which she always donated, to the St. Thomas Church picnic and Apache Junction Group luncheons.  (And who can forget her Fried Chicken?)

    Loraine is survived by Eileen (aka Sue) Boinski, Beverly Mather, Linda (Larry) Grover, Lawrence D. (Nancy) Ketterhagen II, Kathy (David) Polze, 7 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren (with a 4th due in March), brother Edwin (Dorothy) Yanke and sister Marjorie Wilson.  Preceded in death by parents, husband (Lornie), brother LeRoy, sister Caroline Remer-Palmersheim, Son-in-Law Gene F. Mather, and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

    A celebration of Loraine’s life will take place on September 23rd, 2017 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (305 S. 1st Street Waterford, WI 53185). Visitation is from 9:00am to 10:45am. Followed immediately by a memorial mass at 11:00am. After the memorial mass, Loraine will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery (Hwy 83).

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