In memory of

   Loraine Warner



Loraine Ruth Warner, age 95, passed away suddenly and peacefully at Sanctuary at St. Mary's on Thursday, May 7, 2009. She was born March 26, 1914 in Grand Rapids to Michael and Meta Hartel. She attended Immanuel Lutheran Primary and graduated from Creston High School Class of 1931. She met and married George W. Warner, the love of her life in 1932. Together they moved from Grand Rapids to Casnovia in 1961 and purchased the S&W Trading Post. After George's passing Loraine continued to run the store until 1977. She worked many long hard hours without ever complaining or saying "Why me?" She just persevered and continued on. In doing so she provided several "Caz" boys with jobs burning boxes and refilling coolers. She also gave away countless penny candies and baby cokes to many other kids. Boxes of bubble gum and sodas were also generously provided for the local Little League Teams. Loraine was an avid reader and always in pursuit of knowledge. She had a deep appreciation and love for nature. Her true forte was her talent for music. She played the piano beautifully, particularly with the "stride" method. It was truly a delight to hear her play. She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1964; her only son, Brent in 1968; a sister, Gretchen. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Blythe R. Shirey and her husband, Michael, who Loraine loved and respected highly. Her cherished grandchildren, Geori and Brent Shirey who gave her constant pride and the motivation to continue to be part of their lives. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, especially Mike Sullivan who never failed to call her twice daily from his home in Florida over the past five years of her life. Thanks to Pat "Patsy Girl" Smith for her long time loyalty and friendship. Loraine leaves behind a legacy of love, perseverance and selfishness. She will be sadly missed by family and friends. A special thank you to all the staff at Sanctuary at St. Mary's for their kindness, care, and friendship. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Oswald officiating. Interment is in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may meet the family at the funeral home on Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund or Sanctuary at St. Mary's Activities Fund.

Lot Location – Good Shepherd 23-D-2

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