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Lorraine Eileen Drusch

Lorraine Eileen Drusch, age 64, was called to her eternal rest at her home July 15, 2001, with her family by her side.

Lorraine was born Sept. 19, 1936, at her parents home in Delano. She was the the daughter of Edmund and Irene (Ramthun) Zabel.

The Rev. Alvin Leerssen baptized her at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crawford Lake, October 11, 1936. The Rev. M. H. Hanke confirmed her in her faith April 2, 1950, at the same church.

Lorraine was united in marriage to Harvey H. Drusch March 30, 1954, at her parent's home in Delano by the Rev. M. H. Hanke. Their 47 years of marriage were blessed with six sons and three daughters.

They started their life together on a farm south of Montrose, and moved to their present home in Howard Lake in the spring of 1960.

Lorraine enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, and fishing, and spent many hours watching her children and grandchildren playing ball. She was active in her church, taught Sunday School, was a member of the Altar Guild, and helped the St. James Youth Group with their soup/sandwich suppers and the Living Nativity.

She also helped with the can recycling program at the St. James School. Anything that needed to be done, she was very glad to help.

She raised a huge garden every year, and always enjoyed sharing the extras with family and friends. She especially loved growing flowers, and there was always something in bloom at her home.

Over the course of her life, she cleaned many businesses in Howard Lake and also took in sewing jobs.

In 1971, she started working part-time at the Delano American Legion Club, waiting tables and bartending with her husband. She left there when her husband retired in 1993.

She started working for Gage Lettershop in Howard Lake in January of 1981, and was still working there when she became ill. She was diagnosed with cancer May 7, 2001.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her father, Edmund L. Zabel.

She is survived by her husband, Harvey; her children, Mike and wife Christine of Waverly, Mark, Linda, and Lila, Lynette Kleve, Matthew (Chuck) and wife Darla, Merlyn (Pete) and wife Wendy, Craig (Toby) and wife Deb, Daryl (Taddy) and girlfriend Julie Mifek, all of Howard Lake; and 14 grandchildren, Amber and Crystal Drusch, Holly, Chris, and Joshua Kleve, Nathan, Naomi, and Nicholas Dursch, Tiffany and Sarah Drusch, and Samantha, Jonathan, Jennifer and Rebecca Drusch.

She is further survived by her mother, Irene Zabel of Delano; her parents-in-law, Fred and Katherine Drusch of Delano; one sister, Beverly (Willard) Schutte of Watertown; one brother, Joel (Ruby) of Howard Lake; and one sister-in-law, Elaine (Dick) Rolf of Delano.

Survivors also include special "adopted" children and grandchildren, Kate and Paul Jewett and son Henry, Linda Clark and son James, Wade and Addie Johnson and daughter Zipporah, Chris Yukel and son Jon, Steph Stanley, Jenny Campbell and Amy Schmeig; and special friends, Darla Kreisch, Ester Van De Steeg, Shelly and Donna Redmann, and Marge Steuvens; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lorraine leaves to her family and loved ones her testimony of strong faith, courage, strength, and hard work. The family and friends share many, many wonderful memories of her as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cheerleader, repairman, and friend.

Services were conducted July 18, 2001, at St. James Lutheran Church ,with the Rev. Jeff Harter, the Rev. Michael Nirva, and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating. Denise Johnson was the organist.

Private interment will be at St. James Lutheran Cemetery at Dutch Lake at a later date. Lorraine's husband and children will carry her to her final resting place.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake made arrangements.

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