Lorraine H. “Larry” Valentine
August 20, 1926 – October 8, 2020
Lorraine Valentine, known to all as “Larry,” passed away on October 8, 2020 at the age of 94.
Larry was born August 20, 1926, in Fenton, IA, to her parents John and Elvina (Kerstein) Gramenz and was the youngest of six children. She graduated from Fenton High School and went on to own a small café in Fenton. Larry later trained in Mankato, MN, to be an X-ray technician and worked for a time in Minneapolis. While working in a doctor’s office in Des Moines, IA, she met her future husband, Roy “Val” Valentine. They married in 1952 and settled in Omaha, NE, where they raised three children. Upon Val’s retirement in 1985, he and Larry moved to Florence, OR. After Val passed in 1988, Larry remained in Florence until moving back to Omaha in 2018 to be closer to her family.
Larry was a lifelong community and church volunteer. She and Val were youth group sponsors at First Presbyterian Church in Omaha, NE, and were involved locally and nationally in the Presbyterian Mariners. During Larry’s thirty-three years in Oregon, she helped fundraise for the church building fund and served as an elder at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw. She also volunteered in the Peace Harbor Hospital Auxiliary and served as Worthy Matron in the Eastern Star. For many years she was responsible for fundraising in support of the Friends of Florence Van Fans, a group providing free transportation for cancer patients and others to and from Eugene, OR, for treatments unavailable locally.
Larry loved games of all kinds, especially cards and dominoes, and was delighted when she could introduce new games to others. She was an avid Seattle Mariners baseball fan. While in Oregon, Larry frequently hosted large groups in her home to play pinochle, hand and foot, and rummy. Larry also ingeniously incorporated card parties into her charitable fundraising activities, putting the “fun” into “fundraising.”
She dearly loved her children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Larry was preceded in death by her parents; five siblings; and her husband, Val.
Larry is survived by her children: Leslie Valentine (Carol Gutchewsky) of Glenwood, IA, Christine Powell (David) of Midland, MI, and Gregory Valentine (Anne) of Omaha, NE; granddaughters: Jessica Wilken (Derek), Christina Kolb (Keith), and Stephanie Valentine (Andy Giese); grandsons, Bryan Powell (Amanda) and Kevin Valentine; and great-grandchildren: Galen Goforth and Griffin Wilken, Lucy Kolb, and Knightley Giese. Larry is also survived by her friends and the wonderful care staff at Ak Sar Ben Village’s Meadowlark Community.
Donations in memory of Larry are suggested to Friends of Florence, PO Box 598, Florence, OR 97439.
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