|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1918|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2008|
Lorraine E. Lovain, age 89, of Arthur, Iowa, died Monday, March 3, 2008, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.
Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the Arthur Evangelical Free Church in Arthur, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend Glen Lozier officiated, with burial to follow in Hayes Township Cemetery, rural Arthur, Iowa.
Lorraine Evelyn Anderson was born on April 15th, 1918, at home in Arthur, Iowa. She was the second daughter of Reuben and Hazel (Bergman) Anderson, the first being Ruth Caroline. She grew up in Arthur, attending school here through high school. She loved being a child in Arthur and told her children and grandchildren many tales of her adventures. For example, by the time she was 12, she had climbed every tree in Arthur.
Following high school graduation, Lorraine worked at a variety of jobs in Arthur, including the Post Office. In April of 1940, she had a deep religious experience and was baptized in the Arthur Baptist Church, which her grandparents had built and pastored. The following September she left for Chicago to attend the Free Church Bible Institute. This was a time of significant experiences for her and also where she met Bertil Lovain, then a student at North Park Theological Seminary. They were married on April 25th, 1943, Easter Sunday.
Bertil was then pastoring the Lily Lake Covenant Church near Chicago, and in April of 1944, their first child was born, Ruthanne. They next moved to Pilot Mound, Iowa, where their second child, Deborah Lorraine, was born. Bertil's next church was Bradford, Pennsylvania. Here Timothy Bertil and Mary Beth were born. Their time in Bradford ended unhappily as in the fall of 1952, first Mary Beth, then Debbie and Ruthanne, and finally, Lorraine herself fell ill with polio. Bertil had already accepted a pastorate in Loveland, Colorado, so Lorraine and Ruthanne were transferred to hospitals in Denver and Hazel, Lorraine's mother, helped Bertil move and then stayed to care for the younger children.
But even this did not keep Lorraine down for long. She basically rehabilitated herself with persistence and determination and was able to walk again. She also hoped to again be able to swim, ride a bike, and ice skate, and was able to do two out of three.
The family moved from Loveland to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and then to Cloquet, Minnesota. Lorraine was fully involved in the life of the church, serving in many capacities. While in Cloquet, Lorraine and Bertil became foster parents to Mary Lynn Clark, who became a part of their home and hearts from then on.
It was also during this time that they bought lakefront property and built a simple cabin. Lorraine loved being at the cabin and rarely missed a day of swimming. She was known for her dives and "coffee on the raft."
The older children were graduating and going off to college, so only Betsy was still at home when they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ruthanne went to college in Chicago where she met her husband, Bill Werner. Debbie went to school in Duluth and there met her husband, Don Gustafson. Tim went to the University of Chicago and later worked in Washington, D.C. where he met his wife, Beth Hoyas. Betsy attended college in Le Mars, Iowa, and moved with her parents to Wausa, Nebraska, where she met her husband, Doug Wakeley.
Lorraine continued her involvement in the church through one more pastorate, in Upsala, Minnesota. She and Bertil retired in 1987 and moved to Arthur, where Lorraine had inherited her mother's house and where her sister, Ruth, was now also living. Lorraine and Ruth had always been close and Ruth's daughter, Colleen, became best friends with Ruthanne and Debbie. They experienced wonderful summers in Arthur with their patient and indulgent grandmother.
Retirement years meant traveling for Bertil and Lorraine. They made several trips to Sweden, and also traveled to England, Germany and other European countries. They spent long summers at the cabin and Christmas gatherings in their own or their children's homes.
Besides Arthur and the cabin, Lorraine also loved music and animals. She played the piano, guitar, and violin, and taught generations of children to play, also. She adored Lassie, the collie they had when the children were young, and adopted two lively kittens in her later years. She stayed involved in the church as her abilities allowed and radiated a warm Christian spirit.
In her last year it became more difficult for her to live alone, so she moved into the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center. While there she met many friends and made new ones, and especially enjoyed sharing youthful memories. She was also able to continue with her love of music.
She had ten grandchildren: Matt, Karin, Chantel, Eric, Aly, Jon, Kristina, Isabella, Kathleen, and Ava. And there are now seven great-grandchildren: Marcus, Corbin, Greta, Ivan, Kaleb, Thor, and Joseph, and one more on the way.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bertil, and her sister, Ruth.
Lorraine was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Reuben Anderson (1879 - 1956)
Hazel Ruth Victoria Bergman Anderson (1895 - 1983)
Bertil N. Lovain (1916 - 2004)*
Ruth Caroline Anderson Caughlin (1915 - 2006)*
Lorraine Evelyn Anderson Lovain (1918 - 2008)
Hayes Township Cemetery
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Mar 08, 2008
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