Fr. Joe Forcelle
Organist ~ Kathy Koenig
Special Music ~ St. Leo Choir
“On Eagle’s Wings”
“How Great Thou Art”
“Be Not Afraid”
Lorraine R. Johnson was born on September 9, 1937 to Louis and Rose (Kubal) Stluka in Yankton, South Dakota. She graduated from high school in 1957. Following her graduation, Lorraine worked for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator. Upon the closure of the office in 1964, she transferred to AT&T in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she once again worked as a telephone operator. In 1970, Lorraine was united in marriage to Glen Johnson in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After working for AT&T for 43 years, Lorraine retired. For a time, she worked part-time at Eagles in Minneapolis as a secretarial assistant. In 2004, she moved back to Yankton. For a few years, she worked part-time for Sherry Soukup Cleaning Service. Lorraine loved life and kept herself busy. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and going to parties. She also spent many hours at the senior citizen center, chatting and playing bingo. While Lorraine loved many things, her cats were her pride and joy. Her feline themed attire and countless figurines spoke volumes of her deep affection for her little ones.
Lorraine passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Avera-Sister James Care Center in Yankton following her courageous battle with cancer. She had attained the age of 78 years, 4 months, and 29 days.
She is survived and remembered by her sisters: Margie Heisinger of Tyndall, Delores Fossum of Coon Rapids, MN, and Alverna Kubal of Emigrant, MT; step-daughter Monica (Art) Simens of Coon Rapids, MN; step-son Wayne (Shandra) Johnson of Mesquite, NV; two step-grandchildren; brother-in-law Duane (Marie) Johnson of St. Paul, MN; sister-in-law Ann Edworthy of Danbury, WI; several nieces and nephews; special friend Robert Hlavac; and her beloved cats Rocky and Lucky.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988, parents, brothers John and Donald, infant sister Shirlene, and her beloved cats: Mitten, Twiggy, Tiger, and Tamera.