Lorraine Jean Willmert, age 84 of Austin, Minnesota died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center. Lorraine was born September 1, 1932 in Forest City, Iowa to Clarence and Edith (Halverson) Langerud. She graduated from high school in Northwood, Iowa in 1950, and married Richard Willmert on June 8, 1952 in Albert Lea, MN. Lorraine and Richard had 8 children. The family lived in Austin since 1952. Richard passed away in 2009. Over the years, Lorraine held various jobs including the YMCA, Burr Oak Manor, Woolworth, Sterling Drug, Gerard, Old Colony Boarding Home, and Comforcare Good Samaritan Center from 1990 until she retired in 2005. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, where she was active in Ladies Aid and LWML. Helping others was important to Lorraine. She donated many gallons of blood to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. She enjoyed embroidery, making many sets of dishtowels to donate and give as gifts. Lorraine loved to bake. She was known for her doughnuts, mints and fruit pizza, and enjoyed selling cookies and treats at Christmas time. Lorraine enjoyed square dancing and her friends on her bowling league for many years. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Lorraine is survived by her children, Richard (Julie) Willmert of Cottage Grove, MN, Diane (Mike) Gilbert of Rochester, MN, Ruth (Vance) Oelkers, Darlene (Randy) Duholm, Debra Willmert (Mike Marcks) all of Austin, MN, Rita Seha (Dave Giles) of Kasson, MN; daughter-in-law Margi Willmert of Mankato, MN; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; a brother Ray (Joyce) Langerud, a sister Kathy Bennett, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bryan (Mary) Willmert, Orlo (Jean) Willmert, and Barb Willmert, all of Albert Lea, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Richard Willmert, her sons Randy Willmert and an infant son David Willmert; granddaughter Heidi Newell, grandson Raymond Milholland, great-grandson Carter Newell, brother Richard Langerud, her parents Clarence Langerud and Edith (Langerud) Reid, step-father Robert Reid; father-in-law Orthwin Willmert, mother-in-law Dorothy Willmert; sister-in-law Mavis Langerud, brother-in-law Merrill Bennett, brother-in-law John Willmert and sister-in-law Justine Willmert.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Pastor John Schleicher officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Memorials can be directed to recipient of donor’s choice. The family offers a special thank you to the staff at Comforcare for all the kindness and care they gave our mother while she made her home there. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.