Lorraine (Lee) Stinson 91 of La Crescent (Ridgeway) passed with peace and grace on October 14th 2019 with her loving family near her side. Mom was eager to join our dad, LaVane, and once again share laughter, dance and a good game of cards after 34 years apart. Mom was so excited to at last join her parents, sisters, family and old friends in their heavenly home, as she missed them all very much. One of her last wishes will be granted from heaven when mom and Dad can dance together at Brandon and Jessica’s wedding this spring. Celebrating Blake and Cynthia’s 50th anniversary party was her one last desire and she did it. Mom was so proud of her Air Force son, Blake Sr. Mom and Dad worked tirelessly to provide for their family as dairy farmers and were delighted to retire to La Crescent for a new adventure in life and a break from milking those cows. Mom was proud of Terry for taking such good care of the Stinson farm. Mom lived for Randy’s nightly “good-night, I love you” calls and she was proud of LoAnn for entering the medical field and caring for ill neonates. She loved us all and we knew it.
Lorraine is survived by her sons Blake Sr. (Cynthia), Terry (Brenda), Randy, and daughter LoAnn (Mike); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren all knew that Grandma would be home, delighted to see them and loved it when they frequently stopped by for a cup of coffee and a good chat. Grandma was highly interested in all their activities. She loved attending their birthday parties and was very happy to cheer them on in achievements. She often told her children and grandchildren how proud she was of each of them. Each member of the extended family has fond memories of stopping in and spending hours visiting and cheering on the Minnesota Twins with her. She also enjoyed playing canasta and pinochle with her wide circle of friends and nieces with whom she shared her life. She loved her friends from Pickwick Eastern Star, La Crescent United Methodist Church, and Senior Dining. Her smiles and laughter will be greatly missed, as well as her Birthday party reunions.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 AM at La Crescent United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Olson officiating. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 AM until the time of services. A lunch and burial at Bush Cemetery will follow. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crescent are in charge of arrangements.
The family wishes to thank Judy Olson, Delpha DeBoer, Judy Kumpf, Tasha and Nadiya Carney, and Gracie Larson for all the tender loving care given to our mother. Thank you to her beloved grandchildren for loving hands that tenderly cared and held her during her last days on earth. Is it possible to be hugged and kissed too much…nope. Dr. Undeland, Gundersen Health System Hospice team and Pastor Jef Olson for their wisdom and compassion as she made her final journey home.
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