Lorraine Elizabeth Ann Zander was born Jan. 24, 1924 in Waite Park, Minn., the daughter of Otto and Susanna (Schneider) Gutzke.
She was baptized at the Church of St. Joseph, Waite Park, on Feb. 23, 1924 and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, by Rev. Melinat on Sept. 8, 1946.
Lorraine was united in marriage to Loren Zander on Nov. 28, 1945 by Melinat at the St. James parsonage. Their 52 years together were blessed with six children.
They made their home on a farm southwest of Howard Lake, with Lorraine taking an active part in the farm. They spent two years in Texas and California when Loren was recalled into the Air Force.
In 1953, they resumed their lifelong love of farming and in 1970, they moved to their present home in Howard Lake. Fifteen years ago they became "winter Texans," making many new friends.
Lorraine enjoyed her family and friends while camping, canoeing, golfing, dancing, card playing and many other activities. She also enjoyed her years of teaching Sunday School in the nursery department. As her health declined, she still joined in as many activities as she could, living life to the fullest.
Lorraine was called to her eternal rest at Waconia Ridgeview Medical Center June 25, 1998, at the age of 74 years, five months, and one day.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Susanna Gutzke, and one brother, Al Gutzke.
Lorraine is survived by her husband Loren; children, Tom and Lorrie Zander of St. Michael; Dick and Connie Zander, Mary Jo and Rob Painschab, Jed and Tami Zander, all of Howard Lake; Jane and John Kothrade of Hanover and John and Shari Zander of Howard Lake.
She is further survived by 21 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mavis Yager and Geraldine Anderson; one brother Don Gutzke, and many relatives and friends.
Lorraine leaves to her family her testimony of faith and courage, her example of hard work, and many, many wonderful memories of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Services were held Monday, June 29, 1998, at St. James Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Nirva officiating. The organist was Diane Johnson with Marge Stueven as the soloist.
Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery. At her request, her sons and sons-in-law carried her to her final resting place.