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Lorrayne (Hegland) Patterson


Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Lorrayne (Hegland) Patterson passed away on Monday, January 25, 2016, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN, at the age of 89. A Celebration of Life will take place on March 5th from 2-4 pm in the chapel at Samaritan Bethany. The afternoon will include music and hors d’oeuvres for those wishing to pay their respects and honor her memory.

Lorry was born on May 1, 1926, in Great Falls, Montana, to parents Sigurd and Bergit (Aakhus) Hegland. She had one brother, Donald. The family settled in rural Polk County, MN, where she graduated from high school in McIntosh, MN. She then moved to Chicago where she studied photography. Lorry continued to work in that field in Chicago and Minneapolis, as well. She loved the excitement of city life. In 1952, Lorry married James Patterson in Minneapolis. In 1954, they moved to Rochester, MN, where they raised their family and built their life together. In addition to being a wife, mother and homemaker, she enjoyed gardening. She always had the home decorated with beautiful flowers and a full garden outside. She was also very skilled artistically. It wasn’t unheard of for her family members to receive hand drawn birthday cards inside envelopes embellished with her doodles. She also enjoyed painting, sculpting, and woodburning. Many examples of her work could be seen displayed throughout her home. When she wasn’t tending to her garden or artwork, Lorry was known to enjoy watching the “telly”, wearing beautiful clothes, and she didn’t mind hearing a dirty joke now and then. Lorry maintained her sarcastic wit all throughout her life and always had a zinger for anyone who cared to listen. She was an excellent cook and never said no to happy hour with friends and family. Lorry enjoyed live music, and you could usually see her feet and fingers tapping to the music. Having two grandchildren highly involved in music and theatre was always a special treat for her.

Lorrayne is survived by her husband of nearly 64 years, James Patterson of Rochester, MN; her brother, Donald Hegland of Rochester; her three daughters: Lynn Patterson (Gerry Wohlhuter) of Rochester, Julie Patterson of Rochester, and Sally Gibson (Neil Mensink) of Preston, MN; and her two grandchildren, Samantha and Mitchell Gibson, both of Rochester, MN.

She was proceeded in death by her parents.



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Doris M. Gatzke

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Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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