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Lorraine (Fietek) Fafara, 88-year-old resident of Little Falls formerly of Flensburg died on Wednesday, September 26 at the Little Falls Care Center in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 1 at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Lourdes with Father Matthew Langager. A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 30 from 3:00-6:00 P.M. at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls and from 9:30 A.M. until the hour of the service on Monday at the church. The burial will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans north of Little Falls.
Lorraine Fafara was born on July 4, 1930 in Culdrum Township Morrison County to the late Mike and Florence (Lepinski) Fietek. The family moved to Flensburg when Lorraine was a young girl. She attended District #63 school in Flensburg through the eighth grade. After she completed her schooling, she helped her parents at the “Deep Rock Service Station” in Flensburg and this is where Lorraine met a handsome, young truck driver named Walter Fafara. The couple married on September 30, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg. They purchased a farm near Flensburg and called this home for the next 52 years, until Walter’s passing in 1999. While living in Flensburg, Lorraine was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was Eucharistic minister and sacristan for 18 years, member of the choir and the Sacred Heart sodality, group leader for funeral lunches, helped with custodial work and was church decorator. She loved to have fresh flowers on the altar. Lorraine moved to Little Falls in 2003, where she joined Our Lady of Lourdes Church. She continued donating her time to the church she loved and also volunteered at the Little Falls Senior Center, VA Medical Center in St. Cloud and St. Otto’s Care Center. She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Lorraine deeply loved her family and friends. She had many hobbies including feeding and watching the birds, decorating for the holidays, garage sales, baking, old-time music, playing cards, picking wild flowers and making flower arrangements. Her lawn and flower beds were always well kept.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Faye and Jerry Waltman of Little Falls, Gary and Suekye Fafara of Flensburg; grandchildren, Angela Fafara, Laura (Mike) Silverling, Michael Fafara, Gregory Fafara and Victoria Fafara step-grandson, Philip Kaste; siblings, Marion (Donald) Lapos, Evie Komarek, Judie (Don) Holz, Michael (Marlene) Fietek, Roderick “Butch” (Carlene) Fietek; special friend and caregiver, Alfred Kelzenberg and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter on April 3, 1999; son, Myron Fafara in 2010.
The family thanks Little Falls Care Center and CHI Hospice for their kindness and support they provided to them and Lorraine these past months.