Lorraine was born May 4, 1922 in rural Hesper, Iowa to Lawrence and Fannie (Welch) Iverson. She attended the Chase School and graduated in 1940 from the Mabel High School. On February 22, 1949 she married Carl Vatland. They farmed in Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota until his passing in 1971. She had also worked at Benson’s Store, the Stateline Supper Club, and at the Mabel-Canton Schools as a secretary to the superintendent. On June 27, 1975 she married Wayne Harkness in South Dakota. They lived in Mabel and then for the last fifteen years with her daughters. She was a member of the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoyed camping, traveling, fishing, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and her family.
Lorraine passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012, at her home at the age of 90.
Lorraine is survived by two daughters Colleen (Ronald) Halverson of Ridgeway, Iowa and Naydene (Keith) Reicks of Lourdes, Iowa; five grandchildren Brady Halverson, Troy (Shelly) Reicks, Tracy Reicks, Travis Reicks, and Trent (Jenny) Reicks; three great grandchildren Quinten, Marjie, and Tyler Reicks; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands Carl Vatland and Wayne Harkness; her parents Lawrence and Fannie Iverson; and a sister Frances Inglett.
Funeral services will be 11AM Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.