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Lorraine Stedman
January 1, 1925 - March 21, 2020

Lorraine Stedman, 95, passed away Saturday March 21, 2020 at Lexington Estates in Independence.  Private graveside services will be in St. Peter Cemetery at Westgate.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Lorraine Bertha Anne Plaster was born January 1, 1925 to Edward and Minnie (Heeren) Plaster at Westgate, Iowa.  Lorraine was baptized by the Rev.  A.G. Webbeking at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Westgate.  She attended St. Peter Lutheran School for 8 years.  She was confirmed May 29, 1938 by the Rev.  Otto C. Schultz.  She then attended Maynard High School and graduated with the class of 1942. 

Lorraine entered into Holy Matrimony with Douglas Guy Stedman on March 21, 1943 with the Rev Otto C. Schultz officiating.  Into this union, three sons were born: Rollyn Douglas, October 5, 1944, Marlin Lee, February 18, 1949, and Bryan Edward, June 29, 1961.

Lorraine kept busy as wife and mother, and caregiver to many young mothers.  She held offices as secretary and treasurer of Dorcas Circle, Sunday School teacher, and Luther League sponsor.  In later years she was an employee of many Oelwein businesses.  She had a passion for music and art.  She enjoyed golf, baseball games, flowers, and gardening.  Lorraine traveled to Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Canadian Provinces, Belize, Cozumel, and Progresso, Mexico.  She enjoyed seeing God's handywork.  She baked many wedding cakes through the years, and enjoyed the art.  She was a dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary. 

Lorraine is survived by her three sons: Rollyn (special friend Jan Johansen) of Clermont, Iowa, Marlin (Linda) of Pecatonica, Illinois and Bryan (Deanna) of Lakewood, California; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Douglas; parents Edward and Minnie Plaster; sister Lois Briggs; and three great-grandchildren: Kelsey, Drake, and Lucas.


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Anonymous on May 28, 2020 at 7:08 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. She was a special lady, always loved talking to her and waiting on her, she was a special customer of mine.
Deanna Stedman on March 28, 2020 at 2:57 PM said:

After a bumpy start Lorraine and I shared a sweet bond between mother and daughter in law. I miss your encouragement and advise, but see you in the eyes of my husband and daughter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for raising such a fine young man and loving him so well. Thank you for raising him up to be a man of faith. I love you.
cindy.wilkinson on March 26, 2020 at 8:20 AM said:

Lorraine was a very nice person. In the late 80's and early 90's, when I had vacation in the summer, Lorraine would let me bring my two young sons to swim in her swimming pool every afternoon. They loved it! We will always remember her generosity in sharing her swimming pool! May your memories bring you comfort with her passing.
Tom and Buhr on March 26, 2020 at 7:27 AM said:

May you celebrate a life well-lived. May you sense God's presence,His comfort and peace. It is always hard to loose a mother. God promises to heal our broken hearts and give a reunion in heaven. May He guide you as you deal with the absent one in your family circle, and bless you with the perfect one to come. She will be missed and remembered by community as well as family.
Sheryl, Richard & Dalene Gosse on March 25, 2020 at 11:54 PM said:

Rollyn & all family: We are sad to see your mom is in heaven. She lived a good life, enjoyed her travels. Sent R & M a pmsg, unsure where to write you. Please know we are thinking of you all. Cherish your memories. Your family has been close to our family for a long time, even tho she relation to Jim. Be close with all family, keep in touch. We loved Lorraine like she was a family mbr too. I have good memories of both your parents.

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