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Lorraine Wegner

Lorraine Wegner

April 28, 1925 - April 24, 2014

Lorraine Wegner, age 88, of Willmar, formerly of Raymond, died Thursday evening, April 24, at Bethesda PleasantView Nursing Home in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Raymond. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home ( in Willmar and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church for the Butch and Lorraine Wegner Bible Camp Scholarship Fund.

Lorraine Sadie Jeanette (Shelstad) Wegner was born on April 28, 1925 in Hayes Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Olvin and Alphia (Gjelhaug) Shelstad. She grew up in Willmar, was confirmed at Vinje Lutheran Church and graduated from Willmar High School in 1943. Following her graduation she worked for Northwest Bell Telephone as a telephone operator for several years.

On June 14, 1946, Lorraine was married to Lawrence "Butch" Wegner at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. They made their home in Raymond, Minnesota and were blessed with two sons. She worked as the receptionist for VSC in Clara City for many years. She was active in the community of Raymond. She served as den mother in the Cub Scouts. Lorraine was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Raymond where she taught Sunday School, directed the Junior Choir, was active in Ladies Aid, Bible Study, and Altar Guild. She especially enjoyed her quilting days. She was a past president of the Raymond American Legion Auxiliary and she took great pride in having been a continuous member for over 60 years. She loved to work with children, was a volunteer Grandma at Maccray East and volunteered for many summers at the Green Lake Bible Camp. Lorraine lived her life as a testimonial to her faith. She took great pride in her Norwegian Heritage and was active in the Sons of Norway and was a member of NARFE.

The coffee pot was always on at Lorraines house and she took much joy in entertaining family and friends, Lorraine was an excellent hostess. She captured the hearts of many with her warm smile and sincere caring demeanor.

She is survived by two sons: Robert (and Carol) Wegner of Willmar and William Wegner of Murdock; three grandchildren: Joseph (and Greta) Wegner, Kristin Wegner and Jonathan Wegner; one great-grandson: Samuel Wegner; a sister: Arlene Pederson; three sisters-in-law: Marilyn Goeman, Doris Wegner, and Maxine Wegner; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and dear friends.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband "Butch" in 1998.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff of Compassionate Care and Bethesda PleasantView for their care of Lorraine.