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Lorraine Ruth Breems

Lorraine Ruth Breems

April 5, 1929 - Jan. 31, 2013

WILLMAR - Lorraine Ruth Breems, 83, of Willmar, passed from this world to the next on Thursday, January 31, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 4, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg. Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, February 3, at First Christian Reformed Church and one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.

She was born April 5, 1929, on a farm northwest of Prinsburg in Holland Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the first child of William and Helena (Van Der Bill) Wieberdink. As a little girl her family moved to various farms in the Prinsburg area. She attended and graduated from 8th Grade at Central Minnesota Christian School. As a young woman, she worked for various farm families and at the Prinsburg Café. She met and married recently returned soldier, Gordon Breems and they married on July 25, 1947. Together she and Gordon owned and operated Breems Grocery from 1953 to 1959 and farmed the Breems family farm northeast of Prinsburg from 1959, from which they moved to Prinsburg in 1969. During that time, she mothered three sons.

Lorraine was a lifetime member of the Prinsburg Christian Reformed Church, and several of its societies, particularly the Mission Club, whose members and activities she loved dearly. She loved the church and school communities — their songs, programs, sermons, and members. She was also a charter member of West Valley Christian Fellowship in Sun City, AZ, where she and Gordon spent five months in each of ten winters, gaining many friends. She and Gordon traveled widely, particularly to visit children and grandchildren in Florida, Ontario, BC, Michigan, and Illinois, continuing these travels and visits, planning them until her last day of life.

She was a generous, interested, and prayerful supporter of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, never missing a birthday, baptism, graduation, wedding, or any other attainable opportunity to show her support and unconditional love. A compassionate woman of faith and love, she deeply cared for her brothers, sisters-in-laws, nieces, and nephews —with whom she talked, thought, and prayed. Lorraine lost her dear husband Gordon in 2001, but strongly developed herself as an independent person beyond that sadness.

She is survived by her three sons: Lyle (Sally) of South Holland, IL; Marlin (Kerry) of Prinsburg, and Bradley (Helen) of Blue island, IL; 15 grandchildren: Christina (Kirk) VanderPol, Prinsburg and Haiti; Nicholas (Jenni), Sioux Center, IA; Kara (Tony), Chicago; Daniel (Heather), Chicago; Matthew (Melissa), Huron, SD; Joel (Joanna), Chicago; Luke, St. Louis, MO; Adrian, Palos Heights, IL; Graeme, South Holland; and great-grandchildren: Noah, Elijah, Natalie, Rose, Lilly, Eva, Joya, Jonathan, William, Garrett, Joshua, and Carlo. She is also survived by her brother: Vernol (Bonnie) Wieberdink; sisters: Beverly (Mel) Ryks and Sandra (Lowell) Slagter; sisters-in-law, Helena Swierenga and Dorothy Breems; and brothers- in-law, Martin Breems and Henry (Donna) Breems.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; infant twin sister; her parents and parents-in-law; brothers-in-law Edward Swierenga, Harvey Breems, and Elmer Frikke; and sisters-in-law Lorene Breems and Theresa Frikke.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33: 27