Lorrayne Westphalen

Friday, May 28, 2010

Funeral services for Mrs. Lorrayne Westphalen, 94, of Ruthven, formerly of Royal, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. Rev. Deb Mechler will officiate the service.

Visitation was after 5 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home in Spencer.

Interment will take place in Trimello Cemetery in Royal.

Mrs. Westphalen passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at Ruthven Care Center in Ruthven.

Lorrayne Emmie Westphalen, the daughter of Jack and Anna (Wede) Trojahn, was born March 3, 1916, on a farm near Sutherland. Her childhood years were spent in Primghar, where she received her education, graduating from Primghar High School.

Lorrayne married Wilbur Westphalen on April 8, 1936, in Spencer. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm near Moneta and then by Royal, where she was a homemaker and raised her family. In 1962, after her husband passed away, Lorrayne moved into Royal. She went to work at Aalf's Manufacturing for 12 years and later Witco for ten years, until her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Royal, where she was active in the LWML and was church treasurer. After the closing of Trinity Lutheran Church, she became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. She was an apartment manager and was active in the Dinner Date. Lorrayne loved to knit, read and sew throughout the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbur on February 3, 1962; one daughter, Darlene Johnson; one son, Duane Westphalen; son-in-law, Larry Johnson; daughter-in-law, Patricia; two brothers: Donald and Darrel Trojahn and one sister, Elva Lorenzon.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Marvin Westphalen of Sheldon, Donna Steffen and her husband, Jerry of Emmetsburg, Kenneth Westphalen and his wife, Lila of St. Louis, Mo., and Rick Westphalen and his wife, Joan of Rock Springs, Wyo.; 26 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernice Trojahn of California; other relatives and friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.