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Lorraine Spelhaug

May 30, 1919 - December 15, 2012

Funeral Service:

11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Kindred Lutheran Church, Kindred, ND.


Gol Lutheran Cemetery, rural Kindred.


Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred

Lorraine Spelhaug

May 30, 1919 - December 15, 2012


Lorraine passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo at the age of 93.

Lorraine Ruth Theodora Grant was born on May 30, 1919 in Northwood, ND, the daughter of Melvin and Leva (Myhre) Grant. She grew up on the family farm near Kindred, ND and graduated from Kindred High School in 1937. Lorraine continued her education at Moorhead State Teachers College, graduating in 1942. She taught in rural schools for three years, and then in Ellendale and Hebron, ND. On June 16, 1948, Lorraine was united in marriage to Ilert Spelhaug in Gol Lutheran Church near Kindred. They farmed near Walcott, ND until 1954 when they purchased the Grant Farm near Kindred. She held many offices in the women’s organizations of her church and also the congregation of Gol Lutheran. After Gol Lutheran closed, Ilert and Lorraine became members of Kindred Lutheran Church in 2002. In 2004, Ilert and Lorraine moved to Fargo. Ilert passed away in October of 2010, and Lorraine has made her home at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo since.

Lorraine’s family was her life. She was always interested in what her children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren were doing. She spent many hours praying for the safe keeping of her family and friends. Lorraine loved spending time in her kitchen cooking and baking.

Lorraine is survived by her son, Terry (Carlotta) Spelhaug, Renee (Steve) Anderson and Loree Gauffin; her grandchildren – Adam (Nicole) Spelhaug, Tyler Anderson, Taya Spelhaug, Ashley (Michael) Cassel; and her great-grandchildren – Ava, Grant, Izaak, and Sydney Spelhaug, and Elise Cassel; three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ilert; and her son-in-law, David Gauffin; and sister, Harriet (Clyde) Engebretson; and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Heart Association or Hospice.


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11 responses to “Lorraine Spelhaug”

  1. Shelly & Stu Swandal says:

    Walcott ND
    Our sincere sympathies to you on the loss of your mother, grandmother, and friend. I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile on her face. May you be comforted by the many memories that you shared together.


    Stu & Shelly Swandal

  2. steve graff says:

    broadus montanawill always remember lorraine and ilert as stalwarts in gol lutheran church. people of strong faith and tremendous sense of responsibility. my condolences to you and your family. steve graff

  3. Denise Kedziora(Stahl) says:

    Chandler AZ
    My condolences to the Spelhaug Family.

  4. Stan & Carol Andvik says:

    Fargo ND
    Lorraine was a beautiful & gracious lady. She was a beautiful example of what being a Christian means. She always reminded Stan that he was born the day they got married!

  5. George & Karen Kruse says:

    Fargo, North Dakota
    To the family of Lorraine: Our deepest sympathy. The memories of her are great. She was a happy simile person and so interesting to visit with. She leaves a wonderful family. We know you have great memories. She is now at peace with our Lord.
    A pointsettia plant was given to KLC in her memory.

    Blessings to all of you this Christmas,
    George & Karen Kruse

  6. Donna Odegaard says:

    Kindred ND
    Lorraine was a wonderfully vital driving force behind the beautiful family that is left behind to honor her memory. My love and prayers go out to the family.

  7. David Grant says:

    Hamlyn Hts Victoria, AustraliaLorraine, you were always so happy to see visitors and you always treated them like royalty. Lorraine, you were the real princess, so charming, caring and loving. You will be sadly missed.

  8. Lyle & Kathy Andvik says:

    We extend our sincere sympathy for your loss. Lorraine was a great lady and always considered to be part of the family.

    She will truely be missed,
    Lyle & Kathy

  9. Ed Stahl says:

    Chandler AZ
    My condolences to Terry, Renee, Loree and families. Your mom was a great partner to Kindred School teachers in your education, including me!
    Ed Stahl
    Kindred Schools, 1965 – 1990

  10. Sheila Beauchene says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Lorraine & Ilert were neighbors of my dad Barney Hilgers in Century Estates and my sister became dear friends with them. She would always visit Lorraine when she came back to visit our dad. She lives in Faribault, MN
    . I remember when Lorraine was so excited to turn 90, and be in the “90’s club” with Ilert & our dad. Our sympathies to you such a dear person.

  11. Wendy and Larry McDougall says:

    LAKE TAPPS WaMy favorite memory of Aunt Lorraine was her laughter, joy, and love for her family, as she worked away in your farm house kitchen. It seemed like whenever I was there that she was always in that kitchen making something wonderful to eat. I will miss both your mom and dad!

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