Thursday, July 24, 1930
Date of Death:
Saturday, June 26, 2021
90 years old
Our mother, Lorraine Quandt, 90, of Rochester, MN., passed away Saturday morning, June 26, 2021 at River Bend Assisted Living Facility in Rochester, MN where she had resided for the last six years.
Lorraine Petronella Alice (Van Beers) Quandt was born July 24, 1930 in Faribault, MN to John and Elizabeth (Van Houdt) Van Beers. She and her parents and three sisters moved to Rochester in 1943. Lorraine attended Lourdes High School from age thirteen until her graduation in 1948. She married Ronald A. Quandt on July 21, 1950 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN. She and Ron were married 62 years until Ron’s death in Oct. 2012.
Lorraine was fond of crocheting and always had a project in the making. She used that talent to eventually make 109 afghans to give to family and friends. She also loved watching the birds that visited their yard to eat at the many bird feeders she and Ron kept filled year-round. Playing cards was an everyday occurrence and she was always ready for a game of Skip Bo or Kings-in-the-Corner. She showed her love for all of us with the things she cooked and baked. We will not forget the pleasure of eating her homemade applesauce and the apple pies she made through the years when she was still able to peel apples by the dozens, and her special chicken & noodles dinner, and her popular chocolate fudge cake or the Special K Bars the grandkids loved. Our hearts will never forget.
Lorraine leaves behind 9 of her 10 children: Nancy (Keith) Lien of Frontenac, MN., Marjorie (Mikkel) Hultin of Rochester, MN., Gary Quandt of Rochester, MN., David (Sharon) Quandt of Rochester, MN., Thomas Quandt of Eau Claire, WI., Steven Quandt of Lafayette, CO., Carol Balm of Byron , MN., Julie Gustafson (Darryl Thaden) of Dodge Center, MN., and Debra Cole of Byron, MN. She was also the loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren and a Great-grandma to 8 great- grandkids. Loving all of these children was what she did best. She is also survived by one sister, Marian Chrysler, of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald and their infant daughter, Susan, her parents, 2 sisters and an infant granddaughter, Jessica.
Erma Bombeck said,“When you stand before God at the end of your life, you should hope that you would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.’” Mom did!
The Memorial Service for Lorraine will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the chapel. Her ashes will be privately interred in Bethany Cemetery, Lake City, MN.
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My brother Robert, age 7 and I, Dennis, age 5, sons of Ted and Christine Van Houdt, were first cousins to Wilma, Lorraine, Marian, and Helen Van Beers daughters of John and Elizabeth (Van Houdt) Van Beers.
In the early 1940’s, my mother Christine (Tena) was diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB) and had to be hospitalized at a TB sanitarium in Oakdale, IA. She was there for nine months. Our father after struggling to find consistent child care resorted to putting us into an orphanage near our home in Cedar Falls, IA. We were there for three very long weeks and hated every day.
Enter Aunt Lizzy and Uncle John who consented to take us into their home in Faribault, MN. We lived with the Van Beers family for eight months from the fall of 1942 till the spring of 1943. My brother and I both have very fond memories of our time living with our cousins. I remember it was the war years and in the evening everyone would lower the window shades so no light was emitted. Cousin Wilma, Lorraine’s older sister, would go out in the early evening and participate in being a “Spotter” looking for German aircraft. As the Christmas of 1942 approached there was no snow. I was worried that Santa and his sleigh would not get to the Van Beers home. Uncle John assured me that Santa would be able to get here. When Christmas morning came, I looked out the front window saw a magical sight. .Seven inches of snow had fallen during the night and covered everything in sight.
It was after we left the Van Beers home we still felt a spiritual bond. I remember Lorraine, the smallest of the girls, could still get into the movies for 10 Cents long after she had reached the age of 12 when the price was more. When Marian was getting married I think it was Lorraine who instigated kid-napping the bride which didn’t make Dale her new husband very happy.
My brother Bob passed away in 2012. Before that we would talk often of the times and experiences living with Uncle John and Aunt Lizzy and our cousins. I have always made an effort to visit when there was an opportunity and had many nice visits with all of the Van Beers girls.
Lorraine was a positive and cheerful person with an appreciation for life and had a cute sense of humor. She was a great cook and a very hard worker. She made the world a better place and will be welcomed in heaven to be reunited with her loved ones.
Quandt Family- I am sorry for the loss of your mom. So hard! I will always remember our great neighborhood on 12th Ave NE. Love and peace to you all. Jeanne
When I think of your mom, I picture her in the kitchen cooking, a big smile on her face and Debbie on her hip. I am sorry for your loss. God bless her soul.
So sorry to hear of the death of your Mother. She and I worked together at Mayo when we were just out of highschool and had many great times together. When I had my first baby your Mom drove me to the hospital, my husband was in the army at that time. I have many happy memories of our friendship.
I knew Lorraine for most of my life. I was good friends with her 2nd oldest daughter, Marjorie, for many years. Lorraine was also good friends with my mother, Donna Schwerman. She was such a loving, Christian person which showed in how she raised all of her children. She will be missed by her family and friends. God bless you Lorraine.
So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your mom when hanging out with Tom at the 11th Avenue house.