Obituary: Lorraine G. Shankwitz
Lorraine G. Shankwitz, formerly of Seligman, Ariz., and Prescott, Ariz., was born October 1920 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Benjamin and Evelyn Mathews. Lorraine died at the age of 90 in Phoenix on Jan. 28, 2011.
During her youth, she loved visiting and working on an uncle's farm in Iowa in the summer months. In 1938, Lorraine was selected and hired as a "Harvey Girl" and began her love affair with Arizona when, for the next two years, she was assigned to the Harvey Houses on the Arizona Santa Fe Railroad line in Winslow, Williams, Grand Canyon and Seligman.
She returned to Chicago in December 1940 and married Frank P. Shankwitz on Dec. 20, 1940. During World War II, Lorraine was one of the "Rosie the Riveter" ladies, working at a factory assembling what she later learned were Norton bomb sights. In the late 1940s, she moved to South Haven, Mich., and in 1954, finally returned to Arizona, settling in Seligman. In 1957, she relocated to Prescott and was employed as a nurses' aide at the Prescott Community Hospital and the Arizona Pioneers' Home. In 1964, she relocated to Phoenix and began employment with Motorola, retiring from Motorola in 1985.
Lorraine was always active in volunteer work, first starting with assisting local churches in Williams, Ariz., with clothing drives for the Navajo Nation. One of her prized possessions was a Navajo rug presented to her by the Navajo Tribe, thanking her for her efforts. During the Vietnam war, Lorraine organized Motorola employees in sending care packages to the troops. Following retirement, Lorraine was a volunteer at the Phoenix Veterans Hospital for many years and was presented with a Volunteer of the Year award. She was also a volunteer at the Phoenix Crisis Nursery, working with the newborn babies.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Earle. She is survived by her son Frank (Kathleen) of Prescott; two grandchildren, Christine and Denise (Bill); and three great-grandchildren, Tiffani, Zachary and Jacob, all of Columbus, Ohio; as well as many loving nieces and nephews in the Phoenix area.
Arrangements were entrusted to Hampton Funeral Home in Prescott. Services will be private.
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