Lorna Taylor, 85

Published 6:35 am Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lorna Taylor, 85, of rural Austin, Minnesota, went home to her Savior on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Our House Memory Care in Austin. She had suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia for several years.

Lorna Taylor, 85

Lorna Mae Kasten was born Sept. 10, 1934, to Delbert and Esther (Dornink) Kasten on the family farm north of Spring Valley, Minnesota. In 1939, the family moved to rural Rose Creek, Minnesota, where Lorna attended school, graduating in 1952. Lorna’s first paid job was during high school, when she provided The Austin Daily Herald with ten items per week for the society news of Marshall Township, Minnesota. She was married June 15, 1952, to Orville Allen Taylor. The newlyweds moved to the Rock Island, Illinois, area for 20 years, where she worked as a secretary for Modern Woodman Insurance. It was there that they increased their family with son, James, and daughter, Sheryl. In 1972, they moved to a farm in rural LeRoy, Minnesota, where they raised their two children. While there, she served on the LeRoy School Board, was very active in the Baptist Church and earned a degree at Riverland Community College in Austin. She worked for 12 years (1987-1999) at the corporate office for Hormel Foods and filled in part time after retirement. She and Allen moved to rural Austin in 1989.

In retirement, she and Allen enjoyed summers at the lake and did extensive winter traveling.

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She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Orville (Allen) Taylor of Austin; their son, James (Koreen) Taylor of Austin; their daughter, Sheryl Taylor of Richmond, Virginia; two grandchildren, Curtis and Becca Taylor; three brothers, Gary (Kathy) of Faribault, Minnesota, and Keith (Lavonne) and David (Judy) of rural LeRoy; sister-in-law, Susan Kasten of Farmers Branch, Texas; and many in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Dan.

Per Lorna’s wishes, no immediate services will be held. Private family services will be held at a later date (because Lorna hated the cold weather).