Dorothy "Lorraine" (Muck) Van KleiSeptember 15, 1926 ~ December 17, 2017 (age 91)
In Loving memory of
Dorothy “Lorraine” Van Klei
Dorothy “Lorraine” Van Klei was born on September 15, 1926 on a farm south of Hadley, Minnesota to John and Clara Swan Muck. Following her father’s death in 1928 the family moved to a farm near Slayton, MN where Lorraine attended Country School District #77. On December 14, 1944 she and Fonnie Van Klei were married at the Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN. Following their marriage they farmed near Iona, MN for 2 years before moving to a farm near Adrian, MN. In 1948 the family moved to a farm near Kenneth, MN until 1973 when they moved to a farm near Ellsworth, MN. In 1976 they moved to Woodstock, MN and purchased a bar and lounge that they ran for 12 years. Fonnie passed away on May 24, 1998. Lorraine worked at Skelly’s Market in Pipestone and later at Jim’s Market in Slayton until her 80’s. Lorraine remained in Woodstock until 2000 when she moved to Slayton, MN. In 2012 Lorraine moved to Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, MN. Due to declining health Lorraine moved to the Pipestone Good Samaritan Society in 2015, where she passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the age of 91. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Slayton where she was active in the ladies aid. Lorraine spent many hours volunteering at the Regional Development, the Slayton Manor and Sunrise Terrace. Lorraine enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, cooking and doing volunteer work.
Survivors include her five children and their spouses, Sharon Hamm of Luverne, MN, Marlou Bloemendaal and significant friend, Dean Groen of Brandon, SD, Steven and Laura Van Klei of Champlin, MN, Kathy and David Hunt of Stewartville, MN, and Lonnie and Deb Van Klei of Hugo, MN, 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Gladys Knapper of Slayton, MN, and many nieces and nephews and their families. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara Muck, step-father, Ferd Knapper, husband, infant granddaughter, Shelly Hamm, three sons-in-law, Roger Hamm, Arnold Halverson and Gordon Bloemendaal, infant sister, Valeria Muck, four brothers and their spouses, Charles and Hattie Muck, Orville and Marie Muck, Harold and Alva Mae Muck and Dean Knapper, three sisters and their spouses, Mable and Roy Orvis, Evelyn and Jonie Thompson, and Ellen and Don Kathman.
First Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Dave Hollis officiating. The organist is Kathy Magnus with special music by her grandchildren Naomi Saylor, Elijah Hunt, and Charity Hunt and also Sue Muck. The pallbearers are grandchildren. Interment is at Slayton Memorial Gardens in Slayton, MN.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday.