On August 9, 1934, the Lord blessed Otto and Esther (Mahnke) Maertz with the gift of a daughter, Lorraine, in Reedsville, WI.  Ten days later, the Lord brought Lorraine into his family of believers through Holy Baptism.  She attended St. John-St. James Lutheran School in Reedsville for grade school, and she publicly confessed her faith in Jesus as her Savior on her Confirmation Day, May, 16, 1948.


While playing baseball as a child she earned the nickname, “Casey at the bat,” a name which stuck with her through her adult years.  Lorraine attended Reedsville High School for 9th grade and then Winnebago Lutheran Academy for the remainder of her high school years.  In the fall after her high school graduation, she began teaching at Peace Lutheran School in Green Lake, WI, while pursuing her teaching certification through Dr. Martin Luther College.  She also taught at Trinity Lutheran School in Neenah, WI, and St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Fond du Lac.   After taking time to raise her own children, she began teaching Kindergarten at Faith Lutheran School in 1980 where she stayed until her retirement in 1996.  Lorraine considered teaching little children about their Savior to be a great privilege and opportunity.  Four of her grandchildren were blessed to have her as a teacher. 


She was married to Delbert Waldschmidt on July 14, 1957.  Much happiness ensued!  The Lord blessed their marriage with six children, Dean (Julie), Steven, Carrie (Michael Struck), Richard (Susan), Jan (Michael Krug), and Paul (Beth).


On Saturday, December 15, 2012, Lorraine, age 78, went home to her Heavenly Father after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Throughout the progression of her illness, her love for children and the joy they brought her remained unchanged.


She was preceded in death by her parents and her infant son, Steven.


Lorraine’s husband, children, 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, sister, Dorothy Sperber, brother, Carl (Ruth) Maertz, brothers-in-law, Donald (Marilyn) Waldschmidt, Howard (Beatrice) Waldschmidt, sister-in-law, Lucille (Eugene) Rietz, nieces, nephews, and many other friends and family are awaiting a grand reunion around the throne of glory in heaven. 


Three of Lorraine’s grandsons, Rev. Daniel Waldschmidt, Vicar Steven Waldschmidt and Rev. Joshua Olson will share God’s Word in her funeral service.  Visitation will be held from 3 – 7 PM on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home and again on Wednesday from 9 – 11 AM at the church.  The funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church.  Burial will follow in Ledgeview Memorial Park Cemetery. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Faith Lutheran School, Winnebago Lutheran Academy tuition assistance, or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Thank you to all who helped Lorraine through her illness.  Her family would like to express thanks to the pastors at Faith, the staff at Touchstone Living Center, Fond du Lac Lutheran Home, and Agnesian Hospice.  A special thanks is also offered to all the angels who kept her safe throughout all of her “journeys.”


“I’m spending Christmas with Jesus this year.”

Please let your hearts be joy-full,

And let your spirit sing,

For I’m spending Christmas in heaven,

And I’m walking with the King!


Uecker-Witt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Additional information and guest book may be found at www.ueckerwitt.com.