Lorraine E. Marino

Lorraine E. Marino, formerly of Joliet, Ill., died at home in the loving arms of her family on March 2, 2010.

She had lived in West Bend for over three years in the dedicated care of her niece, Dianne Horlamus; Dianne’s husband, Pat; and Diana Ellingson, a woman who helped look after her and became a dear friend. Lorraine’s beloved dog, Benji, was always at her side.

Lorraine was born Lorraine Young almost 90 years ago in Park Falls. With the onset of World War II, she began the adventure of her life in the Air WAC’s, stationed in Nevada, where she helped train and test pilots. After the war, she studied at Marquette University, but left after one year in order to look after her mother, Emmaline.

In the early 1950s, she married Joe Marino and went on to live in Joliet, Ill., for over 50 years. She continued to care for her mother long after Joe died of the ulcers she suspected were due to the stress of his work as a heavy equipment operator and restaurant chef.

In Joliet, she worked as a copy editor, waitress and inspector at the Joliet Arsenal. She then worked at Caterpillar until her retirement. She was respected at her work for her intelligence and dedication, but her closest relationships were with her family, friends and neighbors.

She outlived her two older sisters, Bernice and Thelma; and a younger brother, Don; as well as her best friends, Katie and Fuzz. Lorraine also leaves behind her halfbrothers, Will and Ray (Lila) Young; her much-loved nephew, Jim (Carolyn) Maloy, and their children Rachel, Jonathan and Daniel; and other nieces, nephews and generations of their children spread across Illinois, Wisconsin and Ontario.

She presented herself as a crusty and independent woman – and she was – but she was generous and loving to those close to her. She was one tough lady, and she looked after her own. She will be missed.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services or burial. Instead, on Sunday, May 23, 2010, there will be a celebration of her life at the home of Pat and Dianne Horlamus in West Bend for her family and friends.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

The family is grateful to Cedar Lake Home Hospice especially Carol, Lisa, Liz and Rachel for their wonderful, tender and supportive care.