A Mass of Christian Burial for LorraineHamling, 86, of Gregory was held on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Godfrey Muwanga as celebrant. A Wake service was held on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Altar servers were Joseph Veskrna and Robert Vomacka. Lector was L.J. "Vince" Berens. Gift bearers were Tamara Bull and Rhonda Beals.
Music was provided by the St. Joseph's Choir and Laura Malm, pianist.
Beverly Keegan was in charge of registration. Honor guard was the Catholic Daughters.
Casket bearers were Todd Serr, Travis Serr, Thomas Serr, Aaron Hamling, Rob Beals, and Carter Bull.
Honorary Pallbearers were Robert Shaffer, In absentia: Jim Geaghan, Elmer Mansheim, Van Kinzer, Ervin Sebers, and Bob Bailey.
Interment was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Gregory, SD.
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Lorraine Alvina Hamling was born March 23, 1925 in Colome, South Dakota, to Albert and Margarette (Toff) Hamling. She died May 24, 2011 at the Avera Gregory Hospital, Gregory, South Dakota, at the age of 86 years.
Lorraine and parents lived north of Gregory, South Dakota until she was 19 years old and then they moved into town (Gregory, South Dakota).
She graduated from St. Jospeh's Catholic School in Gregory, South Dakota.
She was a Stanley dealer for years and enjoyed going out and meeting the people. She babysat for a few years too. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters for more than 60 years.
Lorraine enjoyed playing cards and putting puzzles together with friends. She also enjoyed family get-togethers. Other hobbies included sewing and crocheting.
Lorraine is survived by her niece Georgia Ann Serr and husband, Elton, of Newport, NE, and nephew Jeffrey Hamling and wife, Norma of Herrick, SD, and many great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and many relatives and friends.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Margarette Hamling and her brother and his wife, Jerald and Natella Hamling.
God saw she was getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arm around her
And whispered, "come with me."
With tearful eyes
We watched her suffer
And saw her fade away
Although we loved her dearly
We could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest
God broke our hearts,
To prove to us
He only takes the best!
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