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Lorraine Paula Grunwald

May 01, 1927 - Aug 28, 2023


On August 28, 2023, on a beautiful, late summer afternoon, Lorraine Paula (nee Paasch) Grunwald, 96, passed away peacefully and was ushered into heaven by her Lord and those who went before her.

Lorraine (Rainy) was born on May 1, 1927 to Walter and Anna (nee Gartman) Paasch, at the family home on Spruce Court in Sheboygan. Shortly after, her family moved to Lorraine’s maternal grandfather’s farm in the Town of Wilson where she spent her childhood and young adult years. Lorraine graduated from Oostburg High School. On November 2, 1946 she married Milton Grunwald at Trinity, Town of Wilson.

Lorraine and Milton started their lives together working side by side, running Greenbaum Cheese Factory in Sheboygan Falls. In 1950, along with daughters, Barbara and Susan, the couple moved to the Black River area in Sheboygan, where they had two more daughters, Betty and Gail. Lorraine lived in her Lonesome Pine home for over 70 years, raising their 4 daughters, and welcoming eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren for family holidays and summer vacations over many decades.

Lorraine was a doer, never a moment wasted. She served her congregation her entire life singing in the choir, acting as Secretary, founding the Prayer Quilt Program, helping to organize rummage sales, and participating in the Mary Martha Guild. She was a waitress at Johnny’s Supper Club and Bersch’s in Black River for many years. But mostly, she was known far and wide as a knowledgeable gardener at home, and for 45 years at Caan’s Floral (Waldheim Nursery). Her deep knowledge and care for flowers, vegetables and all plants helped innumerable aspiring gardeners.

Lorraine loved ‘schlucks’ of beer and splitting a hamburger with her granddaughters. She thought wearing gardening gloves was shame-worthy, throwing away an apple core was a waste, and reminded every grandchild that any injury endured would be “better by the time they got married.” She loved her “faithful” John Deere riding mower, singing low harmony in her church choir, and weeding her flowerbeds during quiet summer evenings. And, she’d never turned down ice cream, never ever, especially if butter pecan or a grasshopper ice cream drink was available.

The last few years of Lorraine’s life were a struggle with injuries and the grip of dementia. As memories of a well-lived life faded and confusion took hold, she continued to chat her way through conversations with smiles and the sparkle of her blue eyes. Lorraine cherished the care and comfort from her daughters, grandkids, and friends through her final years at Pine Haven where she was loved and nurtured by residents and staff in Oostburg, Covenant Home, and finally Haven Drive. To the many caretakers, neighbors and friends, the Grunwald girls extend their thanks.

Lorraine is survived by four daughters, Barbara Sommerfeldt, Susan (Randy) Charles, Betty (Tony) Torres, and Gail (John) Bernardi; eight grandchildren, David (Kristin) Sommerfeldt, Debra (Paul) Dixon, Jennifer (Ben) Charles, Stephanie Charles, Erica (Ricardo) Garcia, Anna (Brian) Jouan, Gregory Bernardi, and Cara Bernardi; and nine great-grandchildren, Elle and Maya Dixon, Elsa and Sadie Berg, Zachary, Nia and Cai Sommerfeldt, Walter and Stella Jouan. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant daughter, sister Veona Gartman, and many other extended family members.

Most memorable is that Lorraine never stopped being Lorraine – full of vim and vigor. A lady always on the go, even from her burgundy wheelchair. She kept all who loved her on their toes until her last breath. Her spunk, even during tough times, will be missed.

Visitation and funeral services for Lorraine will be held Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at Christ Lutheran Church, 3816 S. 12th St., Sheboygan. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm; funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Christ Lutheran Church.


Date: Tuesday Sep 5, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Location: Christ Lutheran Church [map]

Funeral Service

Date: Tuesday Sep 5, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Christ Lutheran Church [map]



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Linda (Paasch) Baeten

I remember Lorraine. We are cousins even though we were 22 years apart in age. Our fathers were brothers. I loved coming to visit Sheboygan and would make a point of stopping at the greenhouse in Spring where Lorraine worked just to say hello, remember me? She was so nice and cheerful. I won’t forget her. Peace and love to her family ❤️

Karl Paasch

Lorraine was just one of those wonderful people who was full of life. Her infectious smile and positive attitude was her trademark. She was always busy doing something, but willing to help wherever needed. I will always remember her kindness to my father and mother (LeRoy & Marion Paasch) in their senior years.

Anne Paarmann

A cousin that used to sing around the piano, or else the girls (including my sister) would try and get my feet into the cow paddies. Lots of fun and good memories on the farm, Thanksgiving was always special. She was a beautiful lady. Remember the good times. Anne

Diane Reimer Grosshuesch Steiner

Dear Family of Lorraine, I was raised in the Black River area--just down the road from Lorraine. She was like a second mother to me, always handing out candy, fresh veggies, a smile and always welcoming. I "played" with Lorraine's children, especially Barbara. She was a treasure! When I moved back to the Sheboygan area I would visit her at Waldheim Nursery. She always knew me and remembered by brothers also. I am sure you will miss her. May God give you peace during this difficult time. My Sympathies, Diane

Dave and Jean Gruber

One great gal there! I’m sure she’s wondering what all the fuss is about let’s just put the Red Fox door up, put some brats on and have a beer. One great woman and friend. Love to all the family.

Renee Charles

Lorraine was truly an inspiration, with her loving nature, spirited personality, and vigor. She was a leader in life. Sending hugs and best wishes to her beautiful family.