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1926 Lorraine 2020

Lorraine Bjorke

March 5, 1926 — January 4, 2020

Battle Lake

Lorraine Bjorke, age 93, of Battle Lake, died January 4, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society of Battle Lake

Lorraine was born March 5, 1926 in Breckenridge, Minnesota to John and Regina Novotny.  She grew up in Breckenridge where she met her future husband, Kenneth Bjorke, son of Herman and Lucy Bjorke of Battle Lake.

Ken and Lorraine were married on September 14, 1944. During WWII they first lived in Hastings, Nebraska.  Ken worked in an ammunition plant and Lorraine also worked in the plant checking primers on large shells.  Two years later the moved back to Breckenridge.  After years of living in Minneapolis the retired to the Battle Lake area.

Lorraine’s life was centered around her family.  She enjoyed trips to Grand Marais with her daughters and granddaughters also movies, lunches out and fun with her cousins.  She enjoyed playing bridge, birdwatching and being on the lake.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ken and brothers Richard and Warren.

She is survived by 3 children, Mary (Paul) Olinger of Clitherall, Debby (Steve) Heidenson of Henning and Barbara (Jim) Collins of White Bear Lake; six grandchildren, Amy Olinger (Stacy Froemming, Brandon Olinger (Alexis Craig), Jenne (Matt) Leuker. Max (Amy) Heidenson, Brian (Lindsay) Collins and Dan Collins; eight great-grandchildren and her loved nieces and nephews.

Donation in her name may be made to: Good Samaritan Society; 105 Glenhaven Drive, Battle Lake, MN 56515 or LB Hospice, 805 E Channing Ave, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Mass of Christian Burial Postponed until later date

Interment: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Cemetery

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake


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