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Obituary for Lorraine Schwanke

Lorraine F. Schwanke, 91 of Fremont, Nebraska formerly Omaha passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born at home June 23, 1931 in Linwood, NE to Marlin and Lena (Bock) Young.

She lived in Linwood and attended school there through the 8th grade until moving to North Bend in 1943 and graduated from North Bend High School in 1948. After graduation she moved to Fremont to work and live with a family as a nanny until November 1950. During this time, she met Earl Schwanke through common friends, and they were married on December 10, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. Children soon followed Richard (1951) and Steven (1953) It was also during this time that Lorraine started her lifelong career at Swanson Campbell Soup. She worked in the Human Resource department for 41 years, retiring in January 1993.

After retiring, she and Earl spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona, first in a park model, and later purchasing a home there. Summers were spent in Nebraska, with an occasional visit to see Richard and family in Colorado.
Lorraine taught Sunday school and was a member of PTL while the boys attended Trinity School. She loved participating in school activities and sporting events and continued attending many of her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events.

There were many things that Lorraine enjoyed, such as gardening. She also liked shopping with family and friends, as well as caring for and helping others less fortunate than her. She was loved by her four grandchildren and was affectionately known as “Surprise Grandma” for the small gifts she gave them each time they would come to visit. Lorraine was a working mother and devoted her life to all of her family members, whether it was making food or just visiting.

She is survived by her sons, Richard (Nancy) Schwanke of Clark, CO and Steven (Sandy) Schwanke of Fremont; 4 grandchildren, Bryce (Ali) Schwanke, Hanni Schwanke (Kier Dalaney), David (Lindy) Schwanke and Adam (Jessica) Schwanke and great grandchildren, Caedmon, Emmett, and Calvin, as well as 7 nieces and 5 nephews. She was especially close to niece Charlene (Bailey) Selig, who was with her when Earl passed away and visited weekly to help support her.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl; 2 sisters, Velma Bailey and Dalone Brown; 2 brothers, Marlin and Larry Young; brothers-in-law Mel and Joey Schwanke, Clay and Velda Hendrickson, 5 nephews, Duane, Gary, Randy, Danny, and Jerry, and 2 nieces, Sharla Rae and Jeanie.

Funeral will be 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. Service will be live streamed at Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page. Visitation will be 5-7 P.M, Tuesday at Moser’s in Fremont. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or St. Croix Hospice.

Online condolences may be left at

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave. Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490.