Lorraine M. Lynch, age 88, of Watertown, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 4, 2017, with her family by her side.
She was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Woodland Township, Wright County, to George and Susan (Gallus) Swartzer.
Lorraine was united in marriage to Emmett D. Lynch Jan. 20, 1951, at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Delano.
Devout in her faith, Lorraine was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, serving in many capacities. She had worked as a nurse, EMT, and ambulance driver in the Watertown area; and was involved with the American Red Cross for over 50 years.
Lorraine was a member of the Watertown American Legion Auxiliary for over 63 years; serving as an officer over 25 years. She was also a member of the Montrose VFW Auxillary, Watertown City Council, and Watertown Garden Club.
She loved to spend time with her family, and trips to the hunting shack up north.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Emmett; daughter Margaret; parents George and Susan Swartzer; parents-in-law John and Josephine Lynch; siblings Gladys, Donald, George Jr., Jack, Marvin, and Walter Swartzer; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tom Kuka, Leo Blackketter, Louie Bury, Sandy Swartzer, Mary Helen Swartzer, Marguerite Swartzer, Laurie Swartzer, Edward and Genevieve Lynch, Leon Lynch, Ambrose Lynch, and Ben Lachermeier.
She is survived by her children, Mary (Fred) Muhs, Pat (Joan) Lynch, Mike (Cindy) Lynch, Emmett J. (Belinda) Lynch, Joe (Mary) Lynch, and Tim (Debbie) Lynch; 18 grandchildren: Greg (Amy) Muhs, Laura (Brian) McSwain, Stephanie Muhs (special friend Karl Eaton), Katie (Adam) Leuthner, Emily (Phillip) Victory, Anna (Ryan) Sandquist, Aaron (Jennifer) Lynch, Matt (Paige) Lynch, Christine (William) Spomer, Colleen (Tim) Norman, Cordell (Terese) Lynch, Audrey (Kyle) Rogers, Emmett James (Kimberly) Lynch, Allison (Corey) Moses, Amy (Dustin) Kammerer, Rachel Lynch, Amanda (Connor) Klovstad and Victoria Lynch; and 25 great-grandchildren.
In addition, Lorraine is survived by siblings Betty Bury, Joe (Dorothy) Swartzer, Luverne Blackketter, Marion Kuka, Susan (Ed) Windsperger, Bob (Mary) Swartzer, Ervin (Renee) Swartzer, Gene Swartzer, Anthony Swartzer, and Peter (Alice) Swartzer; sisters-in-law brother-in-law Irene Swartzer, Rosemary Swartzer, Marcella Lachermeier, Jim Lynch, Carol Nelson and Mary Jane Geyen Lynch; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Interment was in the church cemetery.
There was visitation Tuesday, March 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church; continuing Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with a 9 a.m. rosary, prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.