Lorraine M. Paulin, 90

A Mass of Christian burial will be held today, Sept. 22, 2009, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Grafton, for Lorraine M. Paulin who passed to eternal life at the age of 90 on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Pine Haven Christian Home in Sheboygan Falls. Visitation will be at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in the church cemetery.  In the last days of her life’s journey, family members were constantly with her, offering the love and peace that she so richly deserved.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ozaukee County Humane Society or St. Joseph Church are appreciated.

Mueller funeral home is assisting the family.  For online condolences, please visit

Lorraine was born in Grafton on Jan. 10, 1919, the first child of Nick and Catherine (nee Scheer) Dickmann. For the next 88 years, she stayed close to her roots, never living more than a block from her birthplace.
She attended St. Joseph’s Catholic grade school and Grafton High School. As the oldest of six children, Lorraine was her mother’s helper, assisting in house work, cooking and caring for her siblings.

On May 9, 1942, Lorraine married Joseph Paulin at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton. They made their home at 1107 9th Ave., then known as Church Street. Joe and Lorraine had three sons, Dennis (Betty) of Alpharetta, Ga., John (Tracy) of Roquessels, France, and Tom (Flo) of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin.

Lorraine was a faithful lifelong member of St. Joseph’s parish, the Christian Mother’s Society and the Catholic Foresters.
Prior to marriage, she was employed at Grob Inc. During World War II she and her sister, Martha, worked at Sohn’s in Grafton producing parts for weapons to help win the war.

In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Lorraine also worked outside of her home at St. Joseph’s school lunch program during the 1960s and then for 17 years at Power Products in the graphic arts department creating master prints for product catalogs before retiring in 1984. She remained active in her retiree group for many years.

Lorraine enjoyed reading, with a special interest in American history. She was a member of several bowling leagues throughout her life. She socialized with a Saturday evening Michigan Rummy group and also enjoyed dancing and music ranging from Big Bands of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s to contemporary musicals. She took pleasure in feeding birds and her feline friends, Bubbles and Miss Kitty, were truly pampered pets and companions.

Gardening and tending her flowers were favorite pastimes. Even when physically limited, Lorraine worked to keep her yard neat so it would be a credit to her neighborhood.

Lorraine was tireless in providing a warm and nurturing home for her husband and sons. She was caring, always showing more concern for family and friends than for herself. As a child of the Depression, she was skilled at creating tasty meals for her family, memorable holidays and family gatherings on a budget.

Though never rich in worldly goods, Lorraine was generous, giving of her limited resources to St. Joe’s and favorite charities.  Holiday and special occasion gifts to family members often included cherished possessions given with love.

Lorraine was preceded to eternal life by her husband and sisters, Lucille Zukaitis and Ardell Van Langen; her brother, Nickie Dickmann; and brothers-in-law, Al Schanen and Howie Van Langen.

She is remembered with love by those who survive her, including her sons and their wives; her sisters, Martha Schanen and Mildred (Dan) Brown; sister-in-law, Gracie Dickmann; brother-in-law, Zeke Zukaitis; and daughter-in-law, Holiday Rogge.

Her memory also lives in her grandchildren, Kate (Robb) Spolum, Jeff Paulin,  Kristin Paulin and Erik Tyler; her great-grandsons, Andrew Becht and Logan Spolum; many nephews and nieces and other relatives, friends and acquaintances made over 90 years of Christian life.

Although never a public figure, Lorraine Paulin made a great impact on many lives in Grafton and the surrounding area. She will be missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew her.