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Lorraine A. Warren

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Lorraine A. Warren, age 90, of Alta, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital of Council Bluffs. A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 24, at the First Baptist Church of Storm Lake with the Rev Ryan Brandenberger officiating. Burial was at the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery of Storm Lake. The Nicklas D Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine was born in Alta on Jan. 1, 1921 to Hans Peter and Anna Marie (Henricksen) Hansen. She was the youngest of 5 children. After graduating from Alta High School in 1939, she took classes in Lake View. When World War II started, Lorraine became one of the first "Rosie the Riveters." On Nov. 9, 1942, she married Duane Warren. They lived their entire married life in Alta.

She was baptized at the Elk Baptist Church and later became a member of Storm Lake Baptist Church. Always very active in the church, she was a sponsor of Junior and Senior young people, a Sunday school teacher and held many offices in the church.

For 32 years, Lorraine was manager of the Catalog Department at JC Penney in Storm Lake. Her hobbies included crocheting, arts and crafts, basketball, practical jokes and entertaining family and friends. A member of Eastern Star, she was Worthy Matron in 1964. She served as a 4-H leader, and was a member of the Big Sister organization. Lorraine and Duane were also caring foster parents to many children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; daughter, Joanna Vidlak; brothers, Melvin and Donald Hansen; sisters, Verna Stone and Esther Spurlock.

Survivors include sons, David Warren and wife Janet, Bill Langfitt and wife Julie; son-in law, Ron Vidlak; grandchildren, Lisa and Tim Reinert, David and Jenny Warren, Lori and Brian Thompson, Sarah and John Michaels and Brian Langfitt; great grandchildren, Adam, Andrew, Alex, Seth, Derek, Samantha, Hunter, Bella and Margot; many nieces, nephews and friends.

She will be remembered by many for her warm smile and sparkling blue eyes.