Lorraine Ruth Peipus, age 88, of Litchfield passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Meeker Manor Rehabilitation Center in Litchfield. A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Ripley cemetery at a later date.
Lorraine Ruth Peipus, the daughter of Rudolph H. and Myrtle (Schmidt) Radunz was born on February 28, 1931, in Ellsworth Township. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellsworth Township. She attended Washington Mills School and School Districts 31 and 13 in rural Darwin through the eighth grade and then returned home to help on the farm. Lorraine married Wilfred “Bill” Thompson at St. Peter’s on March 28, 1953. To this marriage were born 3 children: Allen, Linda and Steven. Bill passed away in a car accident in a blizzard on November 21, 1961. Lorraine was then married to Leonard Peipus on November 8, 1962, in Glencoe by the Justice of the Peace. This marriage was blessed with two children: Carol and Richard. She worked for Jenni O Foods as an egg candler when she was young but, stayed home as a full-time mother when her children arrived. She was a very loving, nurturing mother and grandmother. She was very close to all of her grandchildren and spent much time with them. She will be remembered as a genuine, “down to earth” person who loved unconditionally and was very accepting of everyone. Lorraine enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, bingo, dominoes, word puzzles, Wheel of Fortune, arts, crafts and polka music. She loved animals especially cats, dogs and squirrels. She was a walker for most of her life
She is survived by her children Allen (Barbara) Thompson of Pipestone, Linda (Daniel) Boedigheimer of Litchfield, Carol Litzau of Litchfield, and Richard Peipus (and fiancée Kris Lambertson) of Litchfield; grandchildren Michael Thompson, Alyssa (Andy) Mangum, Chase Thompson, Christopher (Emily) Boedigheimer, Benjamin Boedigheimer, Brian (Shannon) Schmidt, Jesse Schmidt, Michael Schmidt, Daniel Schmidt, Douglas Litzau Jr, Ryan Peipus, and Amanda Peipus and step grandchildren Jamie (Darin) Weets JoAnn (Matt) Houselog, Jadie Denny, Daniel (Jenna) Boedigheimer Jr. She is also survived by her brother Richard (Elaine) Radunz of Dassel, sister Marlene Roles of Crystal and sister-in-law Shirley Radunz of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents both husbands an infant son, son Steven Thompson, brothers Dwaine Radunz and Norman Radunz and his wife Lois, sister and bother-in-law Elta and Russel Simmons.