Lorraine W. Highlander


Lorraine W. Highlander, age 92 of Saint Jacob, IL, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Faith Care Center in Highland, IL.

She was born on Wednesday, May 19, 1926, in Alhambra, IL, the daughter of Edwin and Olga (nee Uhe) Blom.

On Sunday, June 09, 1946, she married Melvin H. Highlander at Salem Evangelical & Reform Church, Alhambra, IL, who passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2003.

She was a member of St. Jacob United Church of Christ, St. Jacob, IL; St. Jacob UCC Women’s Guild; Red Hat Ladies, St. Jacob; Madison County Farm Bureau .

She was born of north of Alhambra on the family farm; graduated from Livingston High School. She worked at Montgomery Wards and Busy Bee Bakery, both at Edwardsville, IL. Following marriage she was the “chief farm hand” as a farmer’s wife on their farm east of St. Jacob. She drove a school bus for Triad, for over 20 years (St. Jacob Route). She did a lot of cooking, canning and sewing. She enjoyed “fancy” work (knitting and crocheting) and ceramics. She sang with the church choir for many years and delivered Meals On Wheels. She moved to Highland 7 years ago.

Survivors include:
Daughter – Judith K. (Ron) Riter, Big Timber, MT
Daughter – Connie S. (Jim) Bequette, Staunton, IL
Son – Royce L. (Janet) Highlander, Troy, IL
Grandchild – Mandy (Matt) Wickens, Winifred, MT
Grandchild – Jamie (Toby) Naylor, Belgrade, MT
Grandchild – Tye (Lori) Riter, Lake Worth, FL
Grandchild – Tory (Heather) Riter, Denver, CO
Grandchild – Brian (Beth) Bequette, Staunton, IL
Grandchild – Katie (Reuben) Burnley, Berwyn, IL
Grandchild – Erin (Roger) Taylor, Troy, IL
Grandchild – Matthew Highlander, Milwaukee, WI
Great Grandchild – Wyatt Wickens
Great Grandchild – Kinzlee Wickens
Great Grandchild – Wrett Wickens
Great Grandchild – Presley Naylor
Great Grandchild – Parker Naylor
Great Grandchild – Paysen Naylor
Great Grandchild – Cali Bequette
Great Grandchild – Mya Bequette
Great Grandchild – Ellie Bequette
Great Grandchild – Camden Brunley
Great Grandchild – Lucas Brunley
Great Grandchild – Anna Taylor
Great Grandchild – Brody Riter
Great Grandchild – Ethan Riter
Great Grandchild – Brandina Riter
Great Grandchild – Josiah Riter
Great Grandchild – Bailey Riter
Great Grandchild – Cameron Riter
Sister-In-law – Judy A. Blom (nee Camp), Alhambra, IL
Sister-In-law – Wilma J. Blom (nee Gusewelle), Alhambra, IL
Nieces and Nephews – Many.

She was preceded in death by:
Father – Edwin E. Blom – Died 11/16/1986
Mother – Olga Blom, (nee Uhe) – Died 02/11/1998
Husband – Melvin H. Highlander – Died 11/23/2003
Brother – Delmar E. Blom – Died 04/27/2013
Brother – Vernon L. Blom – Died 02/02/2017
Brother In-law – Herbert H. Highlander – Died 3/1979
Sister-In-law – Eunice C. Highlander (nee Meyer) – Died 12/17/2018.

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Saint Jacob United Church of Christ in Saint Jacob, IL.

Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at St. Jacob United Church of Christ in St. Jacob, IL, with Rev. Nancy L. Gamache, Pastor, officiating.

Interment will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice or St. Jacob United Church of Christ.

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