Lorraine Irene Schelske


Delmont – Lorraine Irene Schelske, 93, went to her heavenly home Monday, December 27 at the Menno-Olivet Care Center. Funeral service will be Thursday, December 30 at 10:30 am at Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 29 from 6 to 8 pm with a 7:00 pm prayer service at Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont. Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Parkston.

Lorraine Irene Schelske was born September 24, 1928 to Rudolph and Erna (Weisz) Kurtz in Fredonia, ND. She graduated from high school in 1946 and Wartburg College in Waverly, IA with a secretarial degree. She worked for a short time in Mitchell, SD and at Ravens in Parkston, SD. She was united in marriage to Theodore Schelske on August 29, 1948 in Delmont, SD. Lorraine worked as a cook at school for 18 years and very much enjoyed all the children and staff. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Community Club and Zion Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and was a member of the LWML and Christian Society. She was an avid Twins and Vikings fan and enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in school sports, 4-H and other activities. She enjoyed taking walks with her husband, Ted and son Don on the farm. She also enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards and other games. Lorraine went to her heavenly home Monday, December 27, 2021 at the Menno-Olivet Care Center at the age of 93.

Grateful for having shared her life are her 4 children: Gary (Marsha) Schelske of Menno; Lianne Geidel of Rapid City, SD; Debra Schelske of Casa Grande, AZ; and Donald (Alta) Schelske of Delmont; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 brothers, Norman Kurtz of Dover, MA and Milbert Kurtz of Mooresville, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ted; 2 brothers, Edwin and Wilmer Kurtz; 2 sisters, Linda Pietz and a sister in infancy; a niece, Kathy Pietz; a brother-in-law, Ivan Pietz; and a sister-in-law, Loretta Kurtz.

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