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Lorraine Goerss, 89

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Lorraine Marion Goebel Goerss died peacefully at the Trinity Care Center in Farmington on July 25, 2009 at the age of 89. She was born on Aug. 11, 1919 in Verndale. to Herman and Anna Goebel.

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She attended school in Verndale, and graduated from Miss Wood's Kindergarten and Primary School in Minneapolis. She taught in Mantorville, Warren, and Monticello before teaching in Farmington. She married John Goerss in 1951. Born to this union were two sons, Jeffrey John and Judson Clark. They lived in River Falls, Wis. for four years. The family moved to Farmington in 1957 where her husband, John, managed the milk plant.

Lorraine joined Farmington Lutheran Church in 1952. She was an active member of the church participating as co-chair of the spring and fall bake sales for 27 years, teaching Sunday School and Bible School, and superintendent and music director for the pre-school department.

She was an election judge for many years, a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years; a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, Senior Center, and Castle Rockers.

When Lorraine lived in her house in Farmington, she was known as the "Treat Lady" as she always gave treats when kids came to sell something for school activities. She enjoyed people, community activities and being invited to past students class reunions.

Her hobbies included cooking, baking, card playing, fishing at Big Pine Lake and gardening. She enjoyed sports and read the sports pages. Her favorite sport was basketball and since 1952 she enjoyed attending Minnesota Gopher games.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1988, brother Vincent in 1995 and brother Norman in 2005. Her survivors are son Dr. Jeffrey and Ann of Spirit Lake, Iowa; son Judson and Lee Ann of Buffalo; and four granddaughters Greta (Nate) Gruys, Edina, Ingrid Goerss Alexandria, Va., Ellen Goerss, Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Madeline Goerss of Buffalo.

Lorraine touched many lives with her generosity, goodness, kindness and love. She left us with many treasured memories to keep in our hearts forever. We praise God for blessing our lives with the presence of a Mom, Grandma and friend.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 at Farmington Lutheran Church.

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