August 27, 1924 ~ January 28, 2017
Lorraine Marie Puhek, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on January 28, 2017. She is survived by son John and wife Carolyn, son James and wife Linda, daughter Mary Ryan and husband Leonard, son Peter and wife Cindy, daughter Teresa Mavromichalis, daughter Bernadette, daughter Eileen Misraje and husband Lee, and son Gary and wife Merci; grandchildren Daniel, Jamie, Jeffrey, Kevin, Hannah, Nicole, Julie, Jenifer, Michelle, James, Danika, Sonja, Hudson, Helena, Patrick, Katya, Christopher, Ioannis, Eirene, Petros, Brandon, David, Danielle, John, Sally, Donald, and Keoni; great-grandchildren Alisa, Isaac, Giano, Ashlyn, Brayden, Anthony, Brandon, Dylan, Vance, Jayden, Gabriel, Madelynn, and two more on the way. She is also survived by her sister Edna Matthees of Annadale, Minnesota; Sister Emily Jerome of Superior, Wisconsin; brother Robert Phelps of Sparta, Wisconsin; and many other extended family members. Lorraine found her strength and love in her husband, family and she enjoyed her times with them immensely.
Lorraine was born on August 27, 1924 in Deer River, Minnesota to Robert "Dewey" and Louise Phelps as their third of seven children. They later moved to Hibbing, Minnesota where she graduated from Hibbing High School in 1942, then began school to become an Army nurse, ultimately graduating as a Registered Nurse. She married her high school sweetheart John Puhek on June 21, 1947. Shortly afterwards, Lorraine and John moved to San Diego, California where she continued her work as a nurse. In 1952, she focused on her family as her first of eight children were born. In 1962, Lorraine and John moved to Westchester, California where she lived the rest of her life. As her children grew older, she restarted her nursing career, ultimately retiring in 1989, then stayed active with volunteer activities primarily focused on building/maintaining trails and serving as a Travelers Aid at Los Angeles International Airport.
Lorraine loved her husband and her family. She looked forward to annual family camping trips to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sequoia, and other beautiful areas.
Mother, we love and miss you! We'll cherish all the memories of our family and time together.
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