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Submitted by Jim Bierman on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 10:52am
Lorraine Thelma Skaar, (Brunzell), was born on May 29, 1923, in Park River, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Albin and Thelma (Hudson) Brunzell. She was the youngest of three children, having one sister, Keryl, and one brother, Lloyd. From North Dakota they moved to Wisconsin where her parents had a small café. At twelve years old Lorraine’s family moved to Northfield where her father operated Lampert Yards for many, many years. Lorraine attended school in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School. Following school she worked as a veterinary assistant for Dr. Garlie in Northfield. She used to tease and say he always gave me the end that bites. During World War II she lived in the cities with a couple of girls, working for Honeywell in New Brighton inspecting prisms for bombs. Her stories of those days were always fun to listen to as she talked of food rationing, the music of the times, living with no heat because money was so scarce and what a new pair of nylons actually meant to a girl.
After the war ended, she met and started dating Amos Carlton Skaar. They were united in marriage on September 21, 1946 and made their home in Northfield in a small apartment downtown by the river. Amos working as a plumber, Lorraine as a homemaker, times were tight, but they were happy together. She told a story of how once she had spent their last $8.00 on some wooden salad bowls leaving them with no money. She looked out the window of their apartment and there was a chicken walking down the street looking lonely so she invited it in for dinner….. they ate well that night.
They were blessed with their first child, Kevin, on October 15, 1949 and started building their own home which they completed in 1951. A daughter, Kristin, followed on July 23, 1954, along with an addition on the house.
Lorraine’s home and her family was her pride and joy. She worked tirelessly to provide a warm and happy home. When Amos opened his own plumbing business she also took on the responsibility of doing all of his billing, bookkeeping, and phone reception. She juggled business, home, and parenting like a champ. Lorraine was a smart and witty woman, a lady through and through. She had a bigger heart than most people and an amazing sense of humor. She was extremely social and loved to entertain and visit with friends and family. She was happy with the simple pleasures of life, knowing with her infinite wisdom, that those are the ones that matter. One of her favorite things to do was to sit on the deck in the summer sun with friends and laugh. She had many stories to tell and her wit, charm, and engaging sense of humor always shined through.
Lorraine gracefully passed away at 89 years old, though forever young, Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Three Links Care Center with her daughter Kristin by her side. She had many visitors that night from the staff at Three Links. She had made many close relationships with them during her time there….They had become family too. Lorraine had an amazing way of touching people and their hearts. She was definitely a woman full of love and she loved to share it. She will be greatly missed. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, January 16th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with burial at the Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7:00 pm Tuesday, January 15th at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield and at the Church on Wednesday 1 hour prior to Services.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Kristin Thomas of Northfield, MN; daughter-in-law, Carol Skaar of Burbank, CA; three grandchildren, Cody Thomas, (special friend Jaymee Moses) of Columbia, MO; Lauren Vartan, (Michael) of Los Angeles, CA and Danielle Skaar of Burbank, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Amos Skaar; her son, Kevin Skaar; one sister, Keryl Butler and one brother, Lloyd Brunzell.
BLESSED BE HER MEMORY
Funeral arrangements are by the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield.