Lorraine Lillian Olsen age 87 of Tyler, formerly of Lake Benton, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 9 at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at the church with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial is in Danebod Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lorraine Lillian Olsen was born December 14, 1928 in Jamestown, North Dakota to Paul and Sophie (Mammenga) Pfarr. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After three years, the family moved to a farm near Lamberton. They later moved to Tacomah, Washington where Lorraine attended school. The family moved back to Lamberton where they lived in town. While there, Lorraine attended a dance in Walnut Grove where she met the love of her life, Arnold Olsen. She lived in New Ulm for about a year with her family and kept in touch with Arnold while he was serving in WWII. On July 8, 1946 Lorraine married Arnold Olsen in New Ulm. In 1953 they made their home four miles west of Tyler, which is still the family farm. Arnold passed away April 8, 2004. Lorraine continued living on the farm until going into Danebod Assisted Living in August 2010. She entered Sunrise Manor in October 2011 where she has resided since. Lorraine was a long-time member of First English Lutheran Church where she was very active in Ladies Aid, Bible study, Altar Guild, Circle, and teaching Sunday School. Lorraine enjoyed baking and cooking; she was noted for her homemade buns. She loved music and being active with the family bands and going to dances. Lorraine loved working on the farm with Arnold and spending time with her family.
Lorraine is survived by her daughters: Carol (Marv) Nissel of New Ulm, Doreen Krog of Tyler, and Lisa (Phil) Myhrberg of Marshall; sons Leon (Ann) Olsen of New Ulm and Larry (Brenda) Olsen of Lake Benton; 10 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; siblings: Elaine Hoffrogge of Madelia, Betty (Frank) Lindmeyer of New Ulm, Ray (Betty) Pfarr of New Ulm, Kenny (Juanita) Pfarr of Mankato, and Shirley (Leon) Geiger of New Ulm; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Arnold, and 2 great grandchildren, Lessin and Caiden Ebel.