age 77 of Chesterton, Ind., passed away Friday, August 8, 2014.
She was born on
November 18, 1936, in LaPorte, Ind., to Edwin F. and Edna (Hineline)
Mohnssen, both of whom preceded her in death.
She was also
preceded in death by her brother, Edwin G. Mohnssen, infant sister Marlene,
“Rat” brothers, Tom Lindquist and Skip Highwood, and her beloved dog Max.
She is survived by
her lifelong childhood friend, Patty Bergren of Chesterton, she was loved
like a sister by all members of the “Cheesetown Rats” especially, Louie
Meyne, Len Jersey, Denny Dille, Roger Hewitt and Ron Wycoff. She loved and
was loved by her Chesterton Fire Department Family and Chesterton Police
Department Family. Lorraine was loved and will be greatly missed as “Aunt
Lorraine” to the Highwood Family.
known as the “Queen of Chesterton” Lorraine truly loved her extended
“family.” She attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday
school for ten years. She was a fixture at The Hideaway and Lynnie’s, where
she tended bar for many years. Lorraine worked as a grounds keeper at the
Chesterton Cemetery until the time of her death. She was a member of the
Duneland Historical Society, a founding member of the Chesterton Adult
Athletic Booster Club and a board member of the Warren “Skip” Highwood
Memorial Foundation. Lorraine was always the first to volunteer for the
Chesterton Fire Department for all of their functions and was known as the
“Popcorn Lady” for twelve of the thirteen years of the Chesterton Fire
Department Street Dance. She played Santa’s Elf for Shop with a Cop every
year in Chesterton and always played “Flobird the Jailbird” with the
Chesterton Police at the many festivals downtown. Lorraine loved all
children and often said “she never met a bad kid.” You could often find her
at children’s birthday parties playing her famous clown, or Santa at
Christmas. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at Edmonds & Evans
Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind., with Pastor Cathy Allison
Visitation will be
held on Wednesday, August 13, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
may be made to Shop with a Cop (Chesterton PD), The Chesterton Fire
Department, The Warren “Skip” Highwood Memorial Foundation or to VNA
Hospice, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN, 46383, and also the Lorraine
Mohnssen Memorial Fund at any 1st Source Bank.
to the family may be left at