Lorraine Marie Small
Visitation: Friday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Service: Friday, March 6, at 12 p.m. Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mayville
Lorraine Marie (Rauch) Small entered eternal life on February 28, 2020, at her home in Mayville.
Lorraine was born to George and Mary (Novohradsky) Rauch on March 11, 1928, in Milwaukee. She was baptized on March 25, 1928.
Lorraine became a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1946. She taught in Chicago and Milwaukee at elementary, secondary and college schools until she left the community in 1972. She was always grateful for those years of opportunity, challenges, and friendships that became the foundation of her spiritual and academic life.
In 1973, she began a fifteen-year term of teaching at Waukesha County Technical College.
She married Harlan Small in 1977 and grieved his death in 1986.
Two years later she retired from teaching and joined her good friend, Lois Seiberlich, as a volunteer with the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Anne’s Home for the Elderly in Milwaukee. Those next fifteen years deepened her appreciation and love for the elderly who shared their friendship with Lois and her.
In 2005, Lorraine and Lois moved from Milwaukee to Horicon, where they again widened their circle of friends and neighbors. They became members of St. Mary’s Parish in Mayville, which became for them, with Father Tom Biersack and the many wonderful people of the parish, such a beautiful family community and so enriched their spiritual life.
In February of 2019, Lorraine and Lois moved to Mayville. As Lorraine’s health was failing, she joined Marquardt Hospice (Watertown) at her home in April of 2019. We can’t express our gratitude to everyone involved with Lorraine (and Lois) for their love, care, support and bonding; with our special love and gratitude to Shari and Barb, whom we so treasure.
In the twelve days of her dying process, Lorraine gave us the most beautiful gift: her strong desire and readiness to go to God, giving us a beautiful example of dying in peace, love, self-surrender, and trust in Jesus. She will continue praying for all of us.
She leaves behind her dear brother-in-law, John Wegener; her dear step-son, Jeff (Cecile) Small and their children, Andrew and Christina; her dear nieces and nephews, Roxie, Randy, Caryn, Jeff, and their families; as well as many dear friends.
She is also survived by Lois Seiberlich with whom she has shared not only a faithful friendship, but also a mutually supportive spiritual journey, rock-solid for fifty-four years. Also our dear friend Jessie.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Small; two sisters, Virginia (John) Lippold and Phyllis Wegener; and nephew, David DeSpears.
Lorraine’s dear friends and family will hold a visitation at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mayville on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.
Mass of Christian Burial for Lorraine will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish (112 S. German St. – Mayville, WI 53050) with Father Tom Biersack officiating. Entombment will be Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield.
Memorials may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mayville or to Marquardt Hospice in Watertown.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Lorraine’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.