Lorraine Beach

lorraine beach

Lorraine M. Beach, 86, Moorhead, formerly of Hillsboro, ND, died Wednesday 21, 2010 at Sanford Palliative Care, Fargo.

Lorraine Mary was born at Horace, ND, to Arthur and Bertha (Rivard) Montplaisir on May 9, 1924.  She attended District 76 school near Horace and graduated high school from St. Benedict boarding school.  She completed a business course in Fargo and worked at Western Union and Herbst department store.  Lorraine married Bernard Beach in January 1948 and lived on their farm at Kelso, ND for 55 years.  She raised chickens and tomatoes for sale and did extensive gardening and canning.  Lorraine was known for her sewing and alterations, ranging from patching jeans to bridal wear.  She was a member of Kelso Homemakers and was active with the Hillsboro VFW and Women's Auxiliary.  Lorraine was also active as a church volunteer, catechism teacher, and housekeeper at St. Rose of Lima parish of Hillsboro.  She was a member of Christian Mothers and served a term as president.

After moving from the farm, Lorraine resided at Kelleher Manor in Hillsboro for two years; then lived for four years at an assisted living residence in Moorhead.

She is survived by five sons; Claude (Marilyn) of Valley City, ND, Terry (Patricia) of Moorhead, MN, Tim (Peggy)of Minot, ND, Bob (Ximena) of Minneapolis, MN, Jeff (Sarah) of Lexington, KY, four daughters; Sandra (Dennis) Brase of Cumming, GA, JoEllen (Gary) Harris of Hartsville, SC, Teresa (Dan) English of West Fargo, ND, Susie (Bruce) Ferguson of Cincinnati, OH; 21 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; one brother; Walter (Dorothy) Montplaisir, three sisters; Medrise Johnson, Kathleen Rasmussen, June (Sig) Langdahl.

Lorraine was the ambassador of family togetherness and fun.  She provided her children and their families a treasured vacation annually at Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota for the past 30 years.

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  1. Christine ND
    Lorraine was the first person mom met at Arbor Park. They played many games of bingo during the year mom lived there.

    We wish you peace and we wish Lorraine the love of God and the joy of a life well lived.

    With much appreciation and sympathy,

    Lynn Larsen and Elsie Larsen (now at Bethany)

  2. Wesley Chapel FLMy thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. It is always so difficult to lose your Mom, but I hope that you all can find solace and peace in wonderful memories of her as she was such a nice lady. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone!

  3. West Fargo ND
    Lorraine Beach Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I cared for Lorraine while residing at Arbor Park Village. She was a wonderful lady and I enjoyed spending time with her immensly. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all. Robyn

  4. Beach family, I took care of Lorraine at the assisted living center in Moorhead. She was always so sweet and fun to talk to. I loved hearing stories about her farm life and multiple children. I’m sure she’ll be greatly missed by your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  5. Plymouth MN
    I was so sorry to see an obituary for your mother online. Your mother was one of those wonderful women who should have been given the health to live forever. She was just a lovely person, someone I feel priviledged to have known. May memories of all the joy you shared bring you comfort. I will treasure the memories I have.

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