Lorraine Westfall, 87

Published 10:01 am Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lorraine Westfall, 87, of Dexter, Minnesota, died peacefully on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Season’s Hospice in Rochester.



Alice Lorraine Hanks was born Sept. 21, 1927, in Winnebago, Minnesota, to Howard and Ethel (Buck) Hanks. After moving to LeRoy, she met Robert Westfall. They were married June 25, 1947. After their marriage they made their home in Racine, Minnesota. In 1959, they moved to Dexter where they farmed most of their married life.  Lorraine was a homemaker and for several years worked for Seneca Foods.

Music was a large part of Lorraine’s life, she was the pianist for the Dexter United Methodist Church for over 30 years and was active in the Chatfield Brass Band and the Stewartville Community Band. While she enjoyed traveling, she also spent time visiting with friends and loved having company. Her love of people made her a great volunteer with different organizations. Much time was spent sewing quilts, watching her Minnesota Twins play and she never turned down an offer to tag along on a fishing trip or to cheer for her grandchildren’s sports events.  Lorraine was active in the church choir, Women’s Circles and Bible studies.

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Lorraine is survived by her children; Dean Westfall of Dexter, Minnesota; Glenn (Cindy) Westfall of Canada; Wayne (Donna) Westfall of Bemidji, Minnesota; Steve (Sandy) Westfall of Zimmerman, Minnesota; Marcia (Denny) Rogers of Las Vegas, Nevada; Diane (Rod) Chapek of Elkton, Minnesota; Leisha (Gary) Kadansky of Stewartville, Minnesota; and Roberta Vogel of Stewartville; 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; four siblings; Fred Hanks, Marilyn Wells, Hildreth Wilson and John Hanks and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert in 1992,  one brother Bruce Hanks, one step-brother Merrill Chesebrough, two brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.

The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of Seasons Hospice for their loving care and kindness shown to Lorraine in her last days.

Memorial services for Lorraine Westfall will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Dexter United Methodist Church with Pastor Jon Marburger officiating. Burial will take place at the Dexter Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday July 10, 2015,  at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.