Lorraine Rita White

By on March 3, 2011

Lorraine Rita White, 85, of Lake Charles, La., formerly of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Feb. 23, 2011. She was a resident of Grand Cove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Feb. 7, 1926, the daughter of James and Margaret (Wittry) Pobstman of DeKalb.

Lorraine grew up in Pierce Township on a family homestead on Keslinger Road. She attended a one-room schoolhouse before going to Maple Park High School, where she graduated with the class of 1944.

Lorraine met her future husband, Francis “Bud” White, on a blind date that was set up through mutual friends. Little did they know that night while watching one of the free movies in Maple Park, that instead of the “Stars of Hollywood,” they themselves would become “the main attraction” two years later when they married at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park on May 4, 1946. Their marriage lasted 63 years, until 2009, when Lorraine had to say goodbye to her beloved Bud.

They began their new life together on a rented farm on Keslinger Road before making their home seven years later on Kansas Street in Elburn. In 2010, Lorraine moved to Lake Charles, La., to be with her daughter, Mary Frances Sherwood.

There wasn’t one person who didn’t receive a personal greeting, a warm smile and a helping hand from Lorraine during her 37 years with Northern FS (Farm Service). She first worked as a bookkeeper in Elburn and later retired from the DeKalb office.

Lorraine, a devoted Catholic, was a member of St. Gall Catholic Church, where she serviced on the Altar & Rosary Society and worked the annual turkey dinners. She was a member of Why Catholic Bible Study Group and the Elburn Sunset Seniors Group.

She had a solid work ethic, and a strong inner-core of resoluteness that was challenged in later years as she cared for her ailing husband with loving hands and gentle touch for seven years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and was particularly thrilled when she could complete the Chicago Tribune puzzle. Lorraine was a wonderful, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor. Her family and friends were the lucky ones who enjoyed her beautiful flower beds in the spring and summer, and her special lebkuchen and date pinwheels during the holiday season.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Mary Frances (Edwin) Sherwood; and grandson, William of Lake Charles, La.

She now joins her husband, Bud; parents, James and Margaret Pobstman; and sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Harold Hipps.

A visitation for Lorraine was held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate her life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Father Karl Ganss officiated. Interment followed at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial Mass may be sent to St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 West Shannon St., Elburn, IL 60119-8220. A donation can be made to the Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North Street, Elburn, IL 60119. Memories may be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.