Funeral services for Lorraine Kaitfors were held at 1:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2016 at Ralph Lutheran Church. Pastor Kathleen Dettmann and Pastor Mary Peterson will officiate with burial in the Ralph Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Special music will be provided by Nola Horvey, organist and Chris Kaitfors, soloist.
Serving as casketbearers are Jeff Kaitfors, Ray Kaitfors, Steve Verhulst, Dennis Nash, Rick Tysdal, and Wally Stephens. All of Lorraines family and friends are considered honorary bearers.
Lorraine Fern (Francis) Kaitfors was born on June 12, 1919 in Reeder, ND to Louis and Josephine (Zeigler) Francis. She grew up on the family farm 9 miles SE from Ralph, SD. She attended rural school 2 miles from home. Her father bought a Chevrolet touring car and her mother learned to drive. Her parents boarded the teacher for several years and her mother chauffeured them to school. The last 2 years Lorraine rode horseback. She graduated from Reeder High School in 1938. It was the dirty 30s so there was no money to go to college and there were no jobs so Lorraine remained at home for one year.
Lorraine and Albert (Bert) Kaitfors were married on September 17, 1939 with a family wedding at her parents farm. In October they went to Sioux Falls, SD where Bert obtained a job at Morrells Packing Plant. Their son Francis was born at the Sioux Valley Hospital on September 19, 1940. In 1942 the rains came and in August of 1942 they moved back to her parents farm. In 1945 they built a new home and continued to farm with her parents. Lorraines father passed away in 1961 and they took over the farm. Their son Francis graduated from Hettinger High School in 1959. Several years later he served in the armed forces in Germany for 3 years. In 1960, Claudia, Berts niece came to live with them for 3 years when her mother passed away. Later former Pastor Bob and Ruth Henricksons children, Bobby, Paul, David and Rebecca spent several summers at the farm. Rebecca started coming when she was 11 and continued coming every summer until she graduated from college. Grandson Alan came to live with his grandparents starting in 8th grade and attended school at Reva.
Having grown up on the farm she had helped with farm chores, milking cows, gathering eggs, and washing the cream separator. She especially enjoyed helping Bert with the sheep. One year she raised 42 bum lambs and 300 baby chicks. In later years she often said How did I do that? She loved baling hay and doing custom work for some of the neighbors. She loved the outdoors, swimming, skating, and riding horseback. Lorraine liked to sew, embroider, crochet, knit, cook and bake. She was especially proud of her homemade bread which she shared with others. She made numerous quilts which she stitched by hand.
Lorraine was a member of the Ralph Lutheran Church, the church choir and held many offices within the church. She was past president of the Sons of Norway, a Stanley products dealer for 10 years, a member of Perkins County Republican Women and TOPS club where she maintained her KOPS status for 16 years. Lorraine and Bert enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and dancing.
Bert passed away December 4, 1995 and Lorraine remained on the farm for 11 years. She raised a big garden, yard and flowers. She took care of her cows for several years and kept up the fences. In 2006, she turned the place over to her son and grandson due to declining health. In 2006 she moved to Albuquerque to live with her son. In 2009 she returned to her apartment in Hettinger where she resided until she moved to Western Horizons assisted living in May of 2015.
Lorraine passed away on Tuesday morning, March 1, 2016 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bert, 6 sisters in law; Gladys, Helen, Selma, Maybelle, Nan and Myrtle, 7 brothers in law; Wally, Einar, Willard, Stan, Lawrence, Neale, and Ray.
She is survived by her son Francis Kaitfors of Prairie City, SD, grandson Alan (Pamela) Kaitfors of Prairie City, SD, granddaughter Adrienne (Phil) Johnson of Minneapolis, MN, Great grandchildren, Breanna, Brandi, Elli, Lilliann, Victoria, Isabella, and Titus and numerous nieces and nephews.
She loved the lord, her home, her family, her friends and especially her dogs, little Tiffany and Big Champ.
Visitation will be from 1:00 to 6:00pm on Sunday at the Centennial Chapel of the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com