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Lorraine T. Ditsch, 88

Lorraine T. Ditsch, age 88, of Watertown, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the Auburn Home in Waconia.

She was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Victoria, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Koehnen) Zanger. Lorraine was baptized and confirmed at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Joseph M. Ditsch Oct. 11, 1947, at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria.

Lorraine enjoyed working in her garden, caring for her flowers and vegetables. She loved baking, canning, and caring for her house; and she and Joe loved to go camping and take vacations. Lorraine loved her family very much and she will be missed.

Lorraine was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Ditsch; granddaughter Ashley Meuwissen; father and mother Joseph and Elizabeth Zanger; brothers Jerome and Leroy Zanger; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Sylvester and Leona Ditsch, Clara and Vernon Mayer, and Elvira Zanger.

Lorraine is survived by her loving family; children, James (Gail) Ditsch of Delano, Philip Ditsch of Watertown, Eileen (Ron) Anderson of Minnetonka, and Mark (Nadine) Ditsch of Cologne; grandchildren Joe and Marcia Ditsch, Peter and Chonda Ditsch, Tom Ditsch and special friend Maria, Emily Ditsch, Matt Ditsch, Jeremy Meuwissen, and Amber Meuwissen; and great-grandchildren Adalyn Ditsch, Cora Ditsch, Braden Ditsch, and Blake Ditsch.

She is further survived by her brother, Richard Zanger of Waconia; sister and brother-in-law Eldoris and Jerry Doboszenski of Excelsior; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius, with Father Thomas Balluff as the celebrant of the Mass. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. and continued Tuesday, one hour prior to the Mass, all at the church.

Casket bearers were Lorraine’s grandchildren, Joe Ditsch, Peter Ditsch, Tom Ditsch, Emily Ditsch, Matt Ditsch, Jeremy Meuwissen, and Amber Meuwissen.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia handled the arrangements; www.johnsonfh.com.