Lorraine Elizabeth Marie Klinger, 92

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lorraine Elizabeth Marie Klinger, 92, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare in Austin.

Lorraine Elizabeth Marie Klinger, 92

Lorraine Krause was born on March 1, 1927, in Waseca County, Minnesota, to John and Metha (Schuldt) Krause. She attended country school and graduated from Waseca High School in 1945. While in high school from 1944-45, Lorraine helped the war effort by assembling aircraft radios at E.F. Johnson in Waseca, Minnesota. She met Wesley Klinger on New Year’s Eve in 1945, and after dating for some time, the two married on Aug. 25, 1946, in Waseca. While Wesley attended the Minnesota School of Business on the G.I. Bill, Lorraine worked at Montgomery Wards. They then made their home in Austin in 1954. After their children were born, she became a full time homemaker. She spent several years transcribing for Wesley, who was a court reporter for the Sixth District Federal Court (Judge Plunkett). Lorraine was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin and a past member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she was active in Ladies Aid. Family was her greatest joy and she cherished time with them, especially her grandchildren, attending many musical and sporting events that her family participated in. Lorraine enjoyed decorating for all seasons, but she especially loved decorating for Christmas, which was very important to her. She was loved dearly by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her son, Mark Klinger of Austin; daughter, Kaye (Scott) Perry of Austin; daughter-in-law, Joanne Klinger; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Klinger; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Metha Krause; husband, Wesley Klinger; son, David Klinger; two brothers; and two sisters-in-law.

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Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.