Lorraine Winthers was born the fourth daughter of Marie and Albert Leesch on June 20, 1924 in Aberdeen, South Dakota and died quietly at her home in Tigard, Ore. on July 20, 2019. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Redfield, South Dakota. Lorraine was a graduate of Redfield High School. She sang in the church choir in Redfield and later in Seattle.
Lorraine ("Rainie" as she was called) was raised on her parent's farm just outside of Redfield. The family raised cattle, sheep, and hogs as well as wheat and corn. It was a difficult time in the depression and dust bowl era. All of the four girls helped on the farm. Rainie especially enjoyed the outside chores working with the animals. She gathered eggs and played with the cats and dogs. She had a hand-me-down bicycle.
Her parents, Albert and Marie, died within five months of each other in 1942 and 1943. Lorraine's sister, Phyllis and her husband, Roy Albrecht, took over the Redfield farm. Rainie moved to Seattle to live with her sister, Gladys and husband George Lemke. She had fun spoiling their son, Terry, and soon to be born daughter, Carolyn. In Seattle Rainie worked in offices and attended Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
Lorraine worked as a secretary in the W.C. Delbrook & Co. office in Portland for about 30 years. It was an importing firm for window glass. She married Bill Winthers on February 16, 1963 in Portland. They lived in Durham area for 25 years. That property included a stable for horses and room for dogs and cats. She was elected to the Durham City Council and served for eight years. She and Bill moved to their Bull Mountain home in 1991. Bill and Lorraine loved traveling the world. Bill passed away October 25, 2015. They were married for 52 years.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 7, 2019 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11305 SW Bull Mountain Road, Tigard, OR 97224.