Lorraine A. Wankerl

Lorraine A. Wankerl

Lorraine (Lori) A. Wankerl, age 85, died at home under Agrace Hospice care on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

She was born on June 23, 1931, daughter of the late Lawrence and Rose Paar (Wipperfurth) on their farm in Cross Plains. She was united in marriage to Anthony Wankerl on April 15, 1960 and the two have been retired for many year.

Survived by her husband, Tony Wankerl; Two brothers, Ronald (Barb) Paar of Waunakee and Virgil (Joan) Paar of Cross Plains; three sisters, Gerry (Andy) of Sauk City, Marlene (Harry) Endres of Roxbury and Della (Bill) Dohmeyer of Waukesha; Four children, Sandra (Larry) Fiene of Prairie du Sac, Linda (Kevin) Hayden of Madison, Kevin (Cindy) Wankerl of Tomah and Randy (Debi) Wankerl of Sauk City; 11 grandchildren, many nephews and nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church, 651 N Main Street, Oregon, WI 53575 A visitation wil be held before Mass from 10:00-11:45am, at the church on Monday.

Burial Services will follow in the St Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Sauk City .

A gathering will be held after burial at the Dorf House , 8931 County Y, Roxbury, WI

Lorraine graduated from Mazomanie High School in 1949. She worked her first job in Sun Prairie that she held for about 10 years. She moved to Madison and lived and worked on the Square for Madison Newspapers as a secretary for about 1 year until she met the love of her life, Tony Wankerl in 1960 and was married on April 15, 1961.

They built their home and raised four their children on Ping Road, Sauk City. Mom took extra care with the children’s appearance. She loved to dress the kids up and take their picture, but they had to stand or sit, in a row, age appropriate in the exact spot she told them so that she could climb up a ladder and take their photo from above for a more dramatic effect.

After church, it was a staple routine to stop at their Aunt Dorothy’s Du Drop Inn, have some Sun Drop and peanuts, then home to Dad’s famous Goolosh and watch Hee Haw and Lawrence Welk. It was a fantastic night for the kids.

Mom was very supportive of her children’s interests. Sandy took piano, clarinet, voice, swimming, other sports, and she entered Sandy and Linda into many singing competitions and supported any activity that she could. Linda was involved in singing, acting, and guitar and cheerleading. Kevin was involved in sports; basketball and cross county; and enrolled in the Army at age 18. Randy took swimming lessons, was involved in many sports and participated in Knights of Columbus events. He is a great runner. She encouraged perfect attendance at school which meant the kids had to eat their veggies, exercise and go to bed on time so they didn’t come down with something. She allowed her children to experience the world, but provided strong guidance so they could make good choices.

She listened; and could turn a bad day into a good day. Her doors were always opened; the kids could pop in whenever and she would bring out the food. Are you hungry? Her brother Ronnie says “she had fiery red hair and lived up to it.” Lorraine was always very active and physical, courageous and not afraid to try new things. She was self-reliant and independent. She could drive a farm tractor or anything with wheels as good as anyone! Mom was a caregiver for her mother, Rose Wipperfurth who lived to age 104. Rose also suffered from memory loss so mom spent quality time with Rose and stopped to see her daily.

Mom loved her Bookkeeping job at Ganser’s Dime Store in Sauk City. She was very meticulous and organized. She worked well with her co-workers, loved a good laugh. She had a great sense of humor. She took care of grandchildren over the years; while she loved seeing them she also loved to see them go home at the end of the day! The Gazebo was a favorite for both mom and dad with the swing and cool breeze; squirrels and humming birds, cardinal and blue birds. She loved to read on her swing and watch dad plant and harvest the garden.

She took the time to hang up wet laundry on the clothes line to catch the smell of a summer breeze; the bedding always was super fresh! She always required a car to allow her freedom to come and go. Dad was pretty generous with this and bought her whatever she wanted for wheels. She instilled in us to eat healthy at a young age; breakfast every morning before school, packed a healthy lunch to take to school and a sit down family dinner at night. When we had friends over, they were confused about dinner. They never ate together at their homes, but that was just what mom did for us.

Mom made friends very easily, but still made family a priority. That is just how she wanted it.

Her faith is strong, she believes that God is our Creator of all that is and that each person is made in God’s image and likeness. To a dear wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother; we admire your enduring strength during the past year. We know all your walks in heaven will be effortless.

You are our everything!

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