Lorraine A Duckworth
Lorraine Agnes Duckworth passed into eternal life on October 29, 2014 at Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston.
Lorraine Agnes Schwedrsky was born in her grandparents home in Seven Mile Creek Township November 5th, 1923, right on her Grandpa Wm. Voigt’s birthday. She lived 91 years, 11 months and 24 days. She was the oldest of 4 children of Frank and Helena Schwedrsky and grew up on their farm. She attended Valley View one room school house, Saint Mary’s Catholic school in Lyndon Station and later graduated from Mauston High School in 1941 just in time for World War II. During the war she, along with her sister Marie and her Aunts Lucille & Florence worked at Badger Ammunition Plant near Baraboo. She worked first in the powder making area and later in the personnel office.
In 1946 she met and married her life partner and soul mate, Wayne Duckworth. To this union were born two daughters…Delores Helena known to all as Dorie and Lois Lorraine. They spent their life together there in that house on the corner of Elmberta St. & Maple Drive until Wayne’s death on March 1, 1999. Lorraine continued to live in her favorite place in the whole world until 2009 when health issues forced her to move to assisted living.
After she was married and before the girls were born, Lorraine worked at the original Hess Hospital where she and one other person, Josie Kiefer did all the billing, received all the payments and scheduled appointments. Just the two of them and that was before computers! When the girls were of school age, Josie’s husband Andy Keifer approached Lorraine asking if she would like to come work for him at the Juneau County ASCS office. She worked there, for the US Dept. of Agriculture until her retirement. At one time she was able to call every farmer in the county by first name! The retirement came at a time when there was a reduction in force and someone had to leave the office. She chose to retire early so one of the younger ladies who was still raising a family wouldn’t lose her job. Selfless always. After retiring from her “regular” job, she really went to work. First and foremost she did all the bookkeeping and payroll for Wayne’s business, Badger Stump & Tree Service. She volunteered for and was Chairman of the American Red Cross for Juneau County for many years. Part of this job was issuing car seats to all the new babies born in Mauston. She was Treasurer of the Maria Goretti Catholic Women’s Circle. How many dishes of escalloped potatoes did she donate for funerals? She belonged to several card circles and was always ready to be the hostess for the ladies. She was also Treasurer of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary but the thing she came to be best known for, was Treasurer of the Hess Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. Lorraine was an officer on this board for many, many years. Even when walking became difficult for her, she would go to the store daily to do her job. And her books were always in perfect order! Always willing to learn something new, she began doing their finances on computer! In her spare time, and in her 80s, she would help “the old people” with their Medicare paperwork.
Did I mention her love of sports? When Wayne was alive, it was thought that she watched sports because that was what he was watching. But after he died, it became very apparent that it could most assuredly have been the other way around. Never, ever did she miss a Packer game because they would surely lose if she did. The Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers and Mauston High School games were the same way. If none of these were on, she would watch another team play just because she loved all sports. Golf too! Walking was difficult, there was the balance problem and then the development of a disease that caused her to have an adverse reaction to nearly all medication. Thru it all, this tough 100% German lady kept a stiff upper lip, had a smile for everyone and would go out of her way to help anyone, anytime. Auntie Grandma, as she became affectionately known to many of her great nieces & nephews always had time for everyone. She opened her home to friends and relatives from near and far. “Come on over. We’ll have a little lunch! Well of course I have room for you to stay!” No one was ever turned away.
A great, loving, kind and generous lady will be sorely missed by her daughters Dorie Quist of Mauston and Lois Gould as well as her favorite son-in-law, John Gould of Rock Springs. Her Grandson Scott Quist and his daughters Karyssa Caye and Courtney Helena-Jean of Rio, Wisconsin, Grandson Todd Quist, Grand-daughter-in-law Dawn Quist and their sons Matthew Tyler and Jacob Kyle of New Bern, North Carolina. She is further survived by her sister Elaine Walter-Campos of Yuba City, California. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne Robert, parents Frank & Helena Schwedrsky, sister & brother-in-law Marie and Kenney Olson, brother & sister-in-law William “Bud” & Bonnie Schwedrsky, and brothers-in-law Herbert “Herby” Walter and Victor Campos. She will be missed by a great number of cousins, nieces, nephews, greats and great-greats too.
There is no way to count the number of friends who will miss her spirit and kindness There will be an empty chair at the Euchre table at Fairview Nursing home. Remember her with kindness for she always thought of you that way. God speed Lorraine. Go to the angels.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mauston.
Burial will be at the Mauston Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday, October 31st from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Crandall Funeral Home, Mauston and on Saturday, November 1st from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.
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