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Obituary: Lorraine A. Bernard "Lorrie"

Mrs. Lorraine Bernard, of Newburg, Wis., passed away at her home while surrounded by her family, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2012. She was 80 years old. Lorraine was born in Cook County, Ill., on July 23, 1932, daughter of Anna Orlinski and Raymond Grieger.

Lorrie went to live with her grandmother, Frances Orlinski in Milwaukee, Wis., at the age of five, where she lived until her later teenage years when she became part of the family of Sam and Faythe Schuminsky in Whitefish Bay. On Feb. 6, 1954, she was united in marriage with James Bernard at Bethel United Church of Christ in Milwaukee. The couple settled in Milwaukee and started their family. The family moved to Fredonia, Wis., in 1963. Lorrie worked as a machinist at Power Products in Grafton, Wis., retiring in 1981. She and Jim then moved to Arizona, where they lived for 25 years.

Lorrie was known for her love of hummingbirds, setting out many feeders for them. It was not unusual to see hundreds of hummingbirds in her yard, waiting for her to come out and feed them. She was very involved at Calvary Chapel in Prescott, especially in the Women's Ministry. They remained in Arizona until they moved back to Wisconsin in 2007, settling in Newburg. Lorrie was a regular attendee at Northbrook Church in Richfield, where she was active in the Senior Ministry. Mrs. Bernard loved writing, and was part of the local newsletter in Pine Lakes, Ariz. In her past, she enjoyed bowling, and more recently spent time playing Mahjong and watching old movies. During the warmer months, Lorrie was always outside working in her gardens. Most of all, Lorrie enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren and grand-dogs.

She is survived by her husband of almost 59 years, Jim; and their three daughters, Jeanie (Darrell) Pearcy of Greenwood, Alaska, Debbie (Gary Schmidt) Towler of West Bend, Wis., and Shelly (Roger) Stalter of Prescott, Ariz. She is further survived by 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her sister, Pearl (Bob) Schaefer of Kankakee, Ill.; and brother, Raymond Grieger of Florida. She is also survived by Faythe Schuminsky of California; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Ronnie Grieger, son-in-law, Michael Towler, Ryan Tesch, and Sam Schuminsky.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Northbrook Church, 4014 Highway 167 W in Richfield, Wis. Pastor Lee Heyward will officiate. She will be laid to rest the next day at Union Cemetery in Waubeka, Wis. The family will receive visitors at the church on Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorials to the family are suggested in lieu of flowers.

The Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg, Wis., is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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