Obit: Klapatauskas, Lorraine E. (1926 – 2014)


Surnames: Klapatauskas, McDowell, Kitzhaber, Vetterkind, Pergoski, Cornwell, Brey, Suda, Rogillio, Verhalen, Deiler

Klapatauskas, Lorraine E. (11 MAR 1926 – 2 AUG 2014)

----Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, Wis.) 06 Aug 2014

Lorraine E. Klapatauskas, 88, Marshfield, died on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at the House of The Dove in Marshfield. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield. Rev. Samuel Martin officiated. Burial took place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Lorraine Kitzhaber was born on March 11, 1926, in Greenwood, to Lawrence and Mabel (nee McDowell) Kitzhaber. She attended St. Mary’s Parochial School, Greenwood, and was a graduate of Greenwood High School. She married Michael Klapatauskas on June 19, 1946, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood. The couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2011. Mike passed away on Feb. 3, 2012. Lorraine was employed at a defense plant in Chicago and then the Farmer’s Store in Greenwood. She also managed the Twin Oaks Apartments in Marshfield from 1989 until the present time. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, The Parish Council of Catholic Women, St. John’s Conference of St. Vincent DePaul, The Lady Knights and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a faithful volunteer at St. John’s Parish and St. Joseph’s Hospital and was a waitress at the Knights of Columbus.

She is survived by her children, Ray (LaVonne) Klapatauskas, Wausau, Donna (Vern) Vetterkind, Rothschild, and Diane (John) Pergolski, Wausau; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bernard (Pat) Kitzhaber, Greenwood; three sisters, Dolores Cornwell, St. Paul Park, Minn., Peggy (Wally) Brey, Neillsville, and JoAnn (Jim) Suda, Gurnee, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Kitzhaber, Mosinee, and Marge Klapatauskas, Withee; and one brother-in-law, Julius Klapatauskas, Thorp.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Geneva Rogillio, Loretta Verhalen and Catherine Deiler; and three brothers, Ronald Kitzhaber, Ray “Bud” Kitzhaber and Elmer Kitzhaber, in infancy.

Memorials may be designated in Lorraine's name to St. John’s Parish, Marshfield Area Catholic Schools, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent online to

Rembs Funeral Home, Marshfield, assisted the family with arrangements.



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