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Lorraine  Mentz

Services: First English Lutheran Church, Faribault
Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Visitation Boldt Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
and at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.

Lorraine L. (Mrs. Robert "Bob") Mentz, age 88, of Faribault, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Sterling House of Faribault.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault, with the Reverend Richard L. Jorgensen officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home on Friday, January 25th from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.

Lorraine Lucille Wandrey was born on February 14, 1924 in Owatonna, MN to Alfred and Lucille (Jones) Wandrey, the third of seven children. She had a tremendous love of music. As a child, she taught herself to play the piano. During her youth, she and her sister, Ione, sang at the Baptist church. Later, as teenagers, they sang at weddings and funerals. She graduated from Owatonna High School in 1942, and her school activities included head drum majorette, choir, second chair violinist and pianist. She married Robert W. Mentz on April 7, 1946 in Owatonna, and he preceded her in death on April 16, 2007.

She was the Director of the First English Lutheran Church Choir, Children's Choir and the Songfellows.  She sang in the "Two Notes" duet with Ione Korff on KDHL radio, the "Four-Get-Me-Nots" quartet and "The Music Mams" quartet.  She was a charter member of and directed the Sweet Adeline's (Harmonette's) and later directed The Lakelanders Barbershop Chorus until her health would no longer allow. 

Lorraine was formerly employed as a bookkeeper for various companies including Ed Matthies Feed Mill, Mentz Auto Electric and David E. Meillier Accounting. She retired in 1994, after a 27 year career as the Assistant Administrator at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home.

She was a 70 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a lifetime member of the Faribault Eagles, a member of the District One Hospital Auxiliary, and a member of the Faribault Senior Center.

Her hobbies included knitting, embroidery and crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed reading mystery books and watching Jeopardy and mystery shows on TV.

She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Cherie (and Bob) Novotny of Faribault; two granddaughters, Becky (and Matt) Collins of Arbor Vitae, WI and Amy (and Brad) Sterling of Faribault; three great grandchildren, Kinsey, Mason and Anika Sterling; three step great grandchildren, Brittany (and Anthony) Hook, Brooke Collins and Matt Sterling; two sisters, Elaine Radel of Colorado Springs, CO and Juanita (and Dan) Morris of Princeton, MN; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Walker of Thousand Oaks, CA; one brother-in-law, Edward (and Darlene) Mentz, Sr. of Atwater, CA; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob Mentz; four brothers, Alfred, Elwin, Keith and Robert; one sister, Ione Maidl; one brother-in-law, Donald Mentz and his wife, Carole Mentz; and one great grandson, Garrett Sterling.

 


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Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Name: Kirsten Kaffine
Email: kbkaffine@charter.net
Date: Saturday January 26, 2013

Memories

Dear Cherie and family, I have great memories of your dear mother from Pleasant Manor. We shared many good stories over the delicious chicken dumpling soup and egg salad sandwiches that were a favorite for the residents and staff! Your mom had a heart of gold for all the residents,was a dedicated employee, and a true role model for working women due to her professionalism. She was a beautiful lady- especially on Fridays after her set hair appointment! I am sure she was always the perfect mother and grandmother, you will miss her dearly. For that I hope you take comfort with all the great memories you have. Take care and God Bless you at this time, Kirsten Kaffine

Name: LINDA JOHNSON
Email: FALINDY7@GMAIL.COM
Date: Thursday January 24, 2013

Memories

CHERIE-YOU KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR MOM AND DAD MEANT TO ME,AS THEY WERE MY OTHER PARENTS.WE HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES OF ALL THE TIME WE SHARED TOGETHER.OUR MOMS HAD THE BEST QUARTET.WE BOTH NOW HAVE LOST BOTH OF OUR PARENTS.MY THOUGHTS AND LOVE ARE WITH YOU LOVE YOU----MOOCH OR LINDA

Name: Pastor Duane Hoven
Email: dchoven@msn.com
Date: Thursday January 24, 2013

Memories

During my years serving as pastor at First English Lutheran I had many opportunities to hear Lorraine sing at Sunday worship and for funerals. She used her God-given talent and in so doing enriched the lives of many. Duane and Ann Hoven

Name: John and Sandi Burkhartzmeyer
Email:
Date: Thursday January 24, 2013

Memories

We were so sorry to hear of your Mother passing away. Her friendly smile will always be remembered by all who knew her. A Mother is never forgotten and is always in your heart. Take Care.

Name: jane rennison gibbs
Email: ltaj01@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday January 24, 2013

Memories

I grew up with Elaine so I knew your Mother. Such a beatuiful person. I remenber I always looked up to her. I know all of yu will miss her. Would like to hear from Elaine. I live in Warm Springs Ga. So sorry to hear of her death. Sincerly Jane Gibbs

Name: Greg Anderson
Email: anderson@ipfw.edu
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2013

Memories

Dear Sherri, I write this note of sympathy with great sadness in my heart. I enjoyed your parents so much, and I believe she is the last one to pass on of my parents' friends. Oh how I loved to listen to your mom sing. What a beautiful voice. My mom had a beautiful voice, but I always believed that mom thought your mom had a better voice. Also, it is interesting to note that just the other day I thought of both your mom and dad, and I wondered how your mom was doing. Please accept my great sympathy at the loss of your mom.