Lorraine Huettl

Lorraine Rose (Eman) Huettl, 89, of Glendale, Ariz., died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in a Hospice of the Valley Hospital in Sun City, Ariz.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1924, near Coleharbor, to Friedrich and Rosina Eman. She was the 11th child of 14 children, and she was the last surviving member of her family.

On Nov. 26, 1942, she married LuVerne Huettl, and they spent 20 wonderful years together. LuVerne died of a heart attack at the age of 43 on May 11, 1963, and Lorraine, at age 39, became a single parent to eight children: Vern, of Minot; Pat (Alan) Burckhard, of Glendale, Ariz.; Alice (Jerry) Zeiszler, of Mazomanie, Wis.; Wanda (Stan) Bird, of Ooltewah, Tenn., who passed away on Feb. 21, 2012; Tom, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Jeri (Gilbert) Saenz, of Chandler, Ariz.; Dan (Elaine), of Gilbert, Ariz.; and Nina, of Glendale, Ariz.

Lorraine moved to Arizona in 1968 with her four youngest children. She was a loving, caring mother, who enjoyed baking, gardening, dancing, playing cards, and family gatherings. She was also a strong-willed, independent woman with a very strong work ethic, which she instilled in each of her children. Over the course of the past several months, she spent many hours reflecting on her growing up years on the farm and also talking about her grandchildren. Her proudest moments were visits from her 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and her two great-great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LuVerne; her stillborn daughter born in 1957; her daughter, Wanda; and her 13 brothers and sisters, including Lena Wretling, Rose Vetter, and Lydia Steinke, all of Garrison.

Rosary Service and Funeral Mass: A Rosary Service will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Garrison, on Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m., followed by the Funeral Mass on Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m.

Burial: Will be at the St. Nicholas Cemetery in Garrison.

Memorials contributions in Lorraine’s memory: May be sent to Hospice of the Valley, West Office, 9435 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345.

Funeral arrangements are being made through Resthaven Funeral Home in Glendale, Ariz., and Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison.

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