Lorraine Nietzel, age 90 of Princeton, and formerly of Benson, passed away January 6, 2011.
Lorraine was born on July 30, 1920 to William and Margaret (Frahm) Johannsenin Pipestone County. She graduated from the West Central School of Agriculture High School in Morris, with the class of 1939. Lorraine married Melvin C. Nietzel in Las Vegas, Nev. on November 28, 1941. The couple lived in numerous places throughout the world as Melvin was career military personnel. Lorraine was a homemaker for her family. Following her husband's retirement, the couple moved to Wheaton, then to Breckenridge, and, finally to Benson as Melvin and Lorraine purchased, improved, sold and moved on to another new and/or used automobile dealership. Lorraine was involved in each of these businesses as bookkeeper, driver, parts runner - you name it.
As Lorraine's health began to fail she moved to Princeton in July of 2010 to be near her daughter, two grandsons and their families.
Lorraine enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, quilting, swimming while caring for home and family. As a military wife she also enjoyed the promise of each relocation looking at it as another great adventure. Lorraine was a 30 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter: Judy Ann "Sam" Daml; grandchildren: Christopher (Toni) Holmgren, Curtis (Lynn) Holmgren and Shelby (Pete) Medders; great grandchildren: Michael, Meghan, Mitchell, Molly, Natasha, Amanda, Joshua, Levi, Griffin, Carlie and Dakota. Lorraine is also survived by her daughter-in-law: Kathy Kinoshita and by other loving relatives and friends.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband: Melvin; son: Carl; parents: William and Margaret; brothers: Verlyn and Duane Johannsen.
The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 15, at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton. A visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Memorials are preferred to the Princeton Food Pantry or to a charity of donor's choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home of Princeton.