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Lorraine M. Oberli, 91

Lorraine Marie (Heiser) Oberli, age 91, of Wisconsin, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

She was born Nov. 16, 1922, in Plain, WI, to George and Catherine Heiser, and was one of five children. Her early years were spent at Plain, where she attended grade and high school at St. Luke’s.

After graduation from high school, she worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Mary’s Hospital, and later worked as a telephone operator at the Madison Telephone Company. She was also employed at Ray O Vac and Oscar Meyers in Madison.

Lorraine married William Oberli in 1952, in Rockford, IL. There, she was employed as a United States government inspector at a Millimeter Shell plant, and at Sunstrand Aviation for a number of years.

In 1956, Lorraine and William purchased a farm in Spirit, WI, and farmed for several years. When her husband died Feb. 22, 1969, Lorraine decided to attend college, first at Medford University for one year and, after moving to Amery, WI, she attended River Falls University. She graduated in 1973, with a degree in communicative disorders as a speech pathologist. Lorraine located employment at the Boscobel Public Schools, remaining there for 20 years.

She retired in 1993, moving to the Fox Creek area with her brother, Florian (Bud) Heiser.

Lorraine was a catechist at Immaculate Conception in Boscobel for a number of years, and was also active at St. Joseph Church in Amery as a Eucharistic minister, and as a money counter.

In addition to her husband,, William, Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by her sons, Wayne and James; four grandchildren, Daniel, Mark, Nathan and Jonathan; great-grandchildren Carter, Katlyn, Jacob and Jerome; and a brother, Florian (Bud).

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, April 2 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Winsted, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at the Spirit-Hillcrest Cemetery in Spirit Township, WI.

Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery. To sign an online guest book, please visit www.williamsonwhite.com.

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