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In Memory of Lorraine Keister


3:00 - 4:00PM Monday, March 21, 2016 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson

Funeral Services

4:00 PM Monday, March 21, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson.

Lorraine Keister, age 86, of Hudson, Wisconsin passed away on March 16, 2016 at Hudson Hospital. She was born September 3, 1929 to Lewis and Jeanette (Lamping) Olson in Thompson, Iowa and married Lyle Darnauer in 1948. In 1952 they moved to India and served together in the Lutheran mission fields for 20 years. In 1978 she received the Bachelor of Arts degree Magna Cum Laude from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and began a new career – teaching. In 1998, five years after the death of Lyle, she married Douglas Keister. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Jeanette Olson; her first husband, Lyle Darnauer; second husband, Douglas Keister; sons, Stephen and Peter Darnauer; daughters, Ruth Dyhr and Toni Darnauer; brother Richard Olson; sister Betty Maddocks; and brother-in-law David Darnauer.

She is survived by her children Timothy (Cathie) Darnauer, Luke (Carol) Darnauer, Erica (Raleigh) Pickard and Hope (Neal) Kurtz; step-children, Lisa Keister and Todd (Jill) Keister; brothers Jerry (Arlene), Roger (Shirley), and Marlin (Linda) Olson; sister-in-law Ruby Olson; brothers-in-law Paul (Mickey) and James (Joy) Darnauer; sister-in-law Ruth (Duane) Daggett; sister-in-law Shirley Darnauer; 21 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will take place 4:00 PM Monday, March 21, 2016 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Larry Szyman officiating.  A visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.  A reception and time of fellowship will take place immediately following the services at the Funeral Home.  Private interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. 

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    • My favorite memory of Lorraine, and Lyle too, is when I was a kid and got to spend time in the summer with them in that big old house they lived in in St. Donatus, Iowa. I thought I was very special –because they treated me like I was special. That was when Lyle was at Wartburg Sem in Dubuque. I think that was back in the early ’50s. Then in 1964 I was able to visit them in India–another very special time.
      Lorraine=love, kindness, laughter, confidence, faithfulness. So happy to have seen her just last summer.
      Love and prayers for all of you.
      Pat Alvestad