Lorraine Marie McDonald was born on September 26, 1924, in West Duluth, the second of five children born to George Richard and Signe Alice McDonald. Her aunt, Julia McDonald, came to their home to assist with the birth. Lorraine was named for the Alsace-Lorraine area of France where her father had been while serving in the Army.
Lorraine and her sisters and brother played games like "Kick the Can" and "Antie Antie Eye Over". They had two bikes - a big one for Lorraine and Eileen and a small one for the three "little kids". Their Dad made a sort of merry-go-round for them out of a wagon wheel. After receiving a WWI bonus, her folks bought a farm in Adolph where they raised vegetables, and had a milking cow, chickens, pigs, a work horse, and a pony for the children to ride. When Lorraine was 11 years old, she contracted rheumatic fever, which kept her home in bed, missing a year of school.
Lorraine enjoyed singing duets with Eileen at the Adolph Church, playing clarinet in the Hermantown High School Band, and playing piano by ear. The whole family would sing old songs with their family band - piano, accordian, clarinet, and drums. In her teen years, Lorraine worked at the small street car restaurant her parents had on the Adolph property, right on U. S. Hwy. 2. While swimming in the creek at the zoo, Lorraine got stuck too near the dam, and Chuck dove in to save her.
In 1942, she married Edwin (Ed) Haglund. They had four children: Larry, Linda, Bonnie, and Eddy. In 1954, Lorraine and Ed both accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior at Temple Baptist Church. They became very active in church and saw that the family was in church every Sunday. Lorraine taught second grade Sunday School for many years. She also taught Vacation Bible School and Child Evangelism Five-Day Clubs. Her favorite Bible story was from Matthew 18:11-14 about the Shepherd leaving the ninety-nine sheep to go and search for the one lost sheep. She had a special compassion for those who were hurting or in a tough situation.
Lorraine's children recall many ways in which she cared for them in their home. It was a comfort for them to come home from school and know that she was there, the center of the home. Their home often had the fragrance of homemade bread, peanut butter cookies, a delicious meal like spaghetti, pea soup, or tater tot hot dish, and always a pot roast on Sundays after church, with a cold can of creamed-style corn on the table.
She sewed many of the clothes for the family, including matching dresses for Linda and Bonnie when they were young. She taught Linda how to sew on a treadle sewing machine. Lorraine was famous for sewing Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. When her children were grown, she worked at C. Z. Wilson, sewing emblems and embroidery on sports jackets.
The family enjoyed vacation trips, going to the "The Cabin in the Pines" at Island Lake, camping, and fishing. When the family sang hymns together, she harmonized with her alto voice. After 27 years of marriage, her husband Ed died in 1970.
Lorraine married Richard E. Dewey in 1971. Dick and Lorraine spent much of their time with Dick's twin brother, Ray, and his wife, Sis. They went to church, went out to eat on Friday nights, attended Twins Conventions, and volunteered at the Salvation Army together. Lorraine worked as a nurse's aid in a nursing home and in home care. She and Dick provided foster care for a mentally disabled child. Her caring ways may have been what influenced three of her children to become nurses.
Lorraine enjoyed beautiful things. At various times she collected roosters (ceramic ones, not real ones), tea cups, dolls, and sheep (also not real ones). She had a way with plants, indoors and out, and she was glad to share them. At each home she lived in, she established beautiful flower gardens. Her love of animals included many different pets - dogs, cats, birds, and fish.
Lorraine loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing games with them and using her hands to make dolls, blankets, and even dishcloths for t hem. Several Christmastimes, she gathered many small gifts so the children could have the fun of playing the dice game to get their presents.
As Lorraine's health declined, Dick was a devoted husband, doing all he could to please her and help her maintain her independence. His loving care for her was a blessing and and example to all.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husbands, Edwin Haglund and Richard Dewey; son, Larry Haglund; and sisters, Eileen Smith, Marian Johnson, and Lois Stacy.
Lorraine is survived by her children, Linda (Denny) Anderson, Bonnie (Steve) Langevin, and Eddy (Linda) Haglund; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her brother, Charles McDonald.
VISITATION: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13th at Sunrise Funeral Home, 4798 Miller Trunk Hwy, Hermantown, with funeral service to follow at 1 p.m.
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."