Lorraine (Koenigs) Heideman

Feb. 1, 1922 – May 29, 2013


Lorraine Heideman passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Lorraine is fondly remembered by hundreds of former students, as she was a first-grade teacher at Brown Street, Meadow View and Ashippun elementary schools. Lorraine started teaching in 1944 in one-room country schools in western Iowa. Her second year she froze her fingers while walking to a remote schoolhouse, and for two weeks she couldn’t turn pages or write on the blackboard.

A graduate of Nebraska State Teacher’s College and Drake University, Lorraine met her beloved Marine husband, Robert, after World War II, and they married in 1950.

Lorraine’s seven children were born between 1951 and 1962. Never idle, Lorraine began substitute teaching in 1966 and then took a full-time teaching position with Oconomowoc public schools.

In retirement, Lorraine enjoyed winters in Texas, where she loved swimming, line dancing, bicycling, reading and volunteering in the local schools helping children learn to read.

Lorraine is survived by husband, Robert; children, Kathy (Jim), David (Sue), Tom (Martha), Jim (Sonya), Rhonda (Jon) and Renee (Cam); grandchildren, Eric, Craig, Kristin, Wade, Amber, Rachel, Alyson and Arley; and a great-grandchild, Jeremy.

Lorraine was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette.

A funeral Mass for Lorraine was at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Mapleton on Saturday, June 1. Burial followed the Mass at St. Catherine Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials to Wisconsin Literacy Inc. or Catholic Charities preferred.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.