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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  1. Lorraine is the sister to my mother Emily. I only met her once but knew much about her through my mom. Our deepest sympathy to your family. My mom will miss her sister.

  2. Mom, I miss you and our special time on the weekends and holidays. You will be greatly missed. Chirp-chirp. Thank you for allowing me to help you. P.S. the solar girl bear is a show off to all her friends and the turkey just wants to lay around being lazy! Give dad a hug for me. See you in my dreams and in the birds. Eileen

  3. I saw the house for sale then this and so sad about your sweet mom’s passing, Nothing but fond memories of you and your whole family, Mary and brothers plus Bernadette too. I miss all of you and that 75th street era. I told my dad, brothers about your mom’s passing. Time goes so fast. Say hello to my mom Dorothy when you see her. I miss her so much. your old neighbor on 75th –Mike – 5767 w 75th ST

  4. Condolences to the Puhek family. I knew Teresa and Bernadette from Youth Ministry at St. Jerome’s years ago – both wonderful girls.

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