Saturday, June 27, 2009

In Memorial

Lorraine Elizabeth Vetsch – Rochester

Lorraine Vetsch passed away peacefully June 26, 2009 at her home and in the presence of her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 70.

Lorraine was born April 22, 1939 to Pete and Hilda Behselich of Ipswich, SD. An only child, she grew up on a farm south of town. She was the 1957 class valedictorian of Ipswich High School. In the fall of 1957, she moved to Huron, SD to attend secretarial school. Upon her graduation from Northwest College of Commerce in 1958, where she was again the class valedictorian, Lorraine moved to Rochester to work at the Mayo Clinic.

Lorraine married Allen Vetsch June 4, 1960. They recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. She devoted her life to caring for her husband and children and working as the company bookkeeper for the family business. Lorraine loved gardening and had a particular fondness for flowers. She and Allen had many travels together, driving across America, and even made a trip to Alaska in 1973. An avid crocheter, Lorraine especially enjoyed making baby afghans to mark the arrival of a new grandchild.

She is survived by her husband, Allen, and her four married children: Linda Ambrose and her husband Michael of Stewartville, MN, Leonard and Nanette Vetsch of Elk Mound, WI, Peter and Erica Vetsch of Rochester, MN and David and Jodi Vetsch of Stewartville.

She took special delight in her ten grandchildren: Joe Ambrose, Heather Vetsch, Tim Ambrose, Troy Vetsch, James Vetsch, Jacob Vetsch, Karlie Vetsch, Madeline Vetsch, Nathan Vetsch, and Nicholas Vetsch. Other beloved members of her family include two sisters-in-law, Gladys Vetsch of Winona, MN and Katherine Vetsch of Houston, MN, and eleven nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to the caregivers from Seasons Hospice, and to Dee Smith of the Mayo Clinic, who all gave their love and support, assisting the family to fulfill Lorraine’s wishes to remain in her own home. The family would also like to thank the many friends and family who visited and made her last days so happy.

A viewing will be held June 30, 2009, at Macken Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Rochester, July 1, 2009 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Kevin Sorensen officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens with a luncheon to follow.

Memorial gifts can be made to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research, The American Cancer Society, or Seasons Hospice.


  1. Erica, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your MIL. I will be praying for you during the next week,for God to bless you with an extra measure of peace and comfort.

  2. Erica, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Just like Jody, I pray that God would bless you and your family with peace and comfort. I pray that He would draw You under his wing and during this time, show You his wonderful mercies.

    Your blog Eulogy was very beautiful. Your MIL sounds like a very special woman.

  3. I'm so sorry. My prayers are with you and your family, Erica.

  4. )-..: I'm glad I had a chance to know Lorraine through you. Please extend my sympathies to Linda. You girls were both remarkable through Lorraine's struggle. I hope I can be as strong and patient as you when the times comes.

  5. I'm sorry to hear this, Erica. May God surround you and your family with peace and wonderful memories of your dear mother-in-law.

  6. Erica, I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  7. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. God is making His presence known to us, especially through His people. Thank you all.

  8. A very beautiful obituary. You went above and beyond in your care for your MIL, and truly you showed Christ's love. Praying for you and your family.

  9. I'm so sorry. I'll pray for you and your family.

  10. Erica, it has now been 5 years since my mom passed away at home with her children by her side after a 3 month battle with cancer. Your eulogy brings back so many memories.

    My brother and SIL were her main caregivers, but my sisters & I were able to be with her for the last couple of weeks to help with her care.

    We'll be praying for you and Peter & the rest of the family in the coming days.

  11. Erica, just wanted to let you know I'm praying still for you and your family.