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May 7, 1927 - March 21, 2013

Lorraine was born May 7, 1927 in Cedar Township, Adams County, North Dakota to Orlando and Tena (Dahle) Benson.  She was baptized at the Richland Lutheran Church in Bucyrus, North Dakota. She attended country schools in the Mabel area and confirmed at the Scheie Lutheran Church.  On February 14, 1946 she married Jarvis S. Peterson at the Mabel Lutheran Parsonage.  She worked in the laundry room at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home for twenty-five years before retiring in 1992.  Jarvis passed away May 15, 2008. She was an active member of the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church and its WELCA, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.  She enjoyed her family and friends, hand work, flowers, and baking.

Lorraine passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel at the age of 85.

Lorraine is survived by two daughters Joan (Donald) Garness of Mabel and Linda (Craig) Pierce of Spring Grove, Minnesota; six grandchildren Rhonda Schmelzer, Rachelle Henry, Travis Garness, Chad Pierce, Kris Pierce, and Melissa Schroeder; twelve great grandchildren Nicholas and Caitlyn Hageman, Emma Schmelzer, Tanner, Sawyer and Parker Henry, Nolan and Livia Garness, and Gavin, Samantha, Trysten, and Mason Schroeder; great great grandson Cannyn Henry; two sisters Lois Honsey of Lanesboro and Mary (Curt) Bakke of Mabel; and two brothers Jimmie and Larry both of Mabel.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jarvis; her parents Orlando and Tena; four brothers Arnold, Robert, Laverne, and Donald; and an infant grandson.

Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Reverend Mary Waudby officiating.  Burial will be in the Garness Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 – 7 P.M. Sunday, March 24, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and also one hour prior to services at the church.
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