Lorna D. Kocourek, 86

Lorna Doris (Black) Kocourek, age 86, formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at Grand Meadows in Glencoe.

Lorna was born a twin March 26, 1932, at home in Fairfax, MN. She was baptized April 17, 1932, at Wellington Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairfax by the Rev. E.G. Fritz; and confirmed in the faith by the same April 14, 1946. Her confirmation verse was Hebrews 10:22.

Lorna attended country school close to the family farm.

She was united in marriage to Robert J. Kocourek Dec. 30, 1954, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. This union was blessed with four children: Gary (killed by a drunk driver at 26 months), William, David, and Susan.

Lorna was employed at various companies: Brown and Bigelow, Minneapolis Moline, Green Giant, as a cook at the Lester Prairie School, and at the US Postal Service. She also volunteered at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia, and Glencoe Hospital.

She was a homemaker, excellent cook, seamstress, and she enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

Lorna was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church Ladies Aid.

She truly loved her family and especially, her five grandchildren.

Lorna is survived by her children: William (Joan) Kocourek of Lester Prairie, David (Lisa) Kocourek of Lake Bluff, IL, and Susan Lukan of Eagan; and grandchildren Ethan and Abby Kocourek, Breanna (Ryan) Engels, and Lauren and Noah Lukan.

She is further survived by a brother, EdVern (Sharon) Black of Texas; brothers and sisters-in-law JoAnn Black and Ruth Black, both of Fairfax; Pauline Kocourek of San Francisco, CA, Pat Kocourek of Plano, TX, Lois Sutliff of Farmington, Lorrayne Conley of Andover, and Betty (Bob) Villesvik of Stillwater; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her son, Gary, Lorna was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kocourek; her parents, Albert and Mabel Black; step-mother Rose Black; twin brother Loren Black; brothers and sister-in-law Marfield Black, Milton (Donna) Black, and Darwin Black; sister and brother-in-law Marella (Howard) Larson; and brothers-in-law William (Roberts’s twin) Kocourek, James Kocourek, John Kocourek, Grant Sutliff, and Ron Conley.

Lorna’s funeral service took place Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with Pastor Joshua Arndt officiating. Jane Fasching was the pianist, and Chuck Thiel was the musician and soloist.

Serving as pallbearers were Steven Black, David Black, Marcel Black, Scott Black, Connie Smith, and Dean Larson.

Honorary pallbearers were Lorna’s grandchildren.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

© Herald Journal Publishing, Inc.