Lorraine "Tots" Frances (Johnson) Ratzlaff, Formerly of Edgerton, WI (1924-2014)
July 22, 1924 - May 12, 2014
Lorraine Ratzlaff, 89, formerly of Edgerton, WI, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Our House Senior Living in Whitewater, WI, with her loving daughters at her bedside. She was born July 22, 1924, in Cambridge, WI, to Cora and George C. Johnson. She married Robert Charles Ratzlaff on May 15, 1948, in Edgerton, WI, and were married for 38 years until his death in 1986. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church, Edgerton, and Hope Lutheran Church, Milton. She graduated from Edgerton High School, and lived in Edgerton, most of her life. She retired from IKI Manufacturing, Edgerton, in 1984, where she worked as an office manager for 25 years
"Mom loved to hunt at the family farm and at Thiebeau Point with Dad and their loyal dog, Brownie. She enjoyed outdoor activities, especially fishing, at the family cottages on Lake Koshkonong, and, later, on Clam Lake in northern Wisconsin. Golf became a favorite past-time and she also spent a lot of time working on her house and lawn in the country, in which she took a lot of pride. Mom's family and faith were the most important things to her and she treasured time spent with her daughters and their families. She was deeply loved and respected by her family. Her strong faith in God, love, kindness, compassion, strength, loyalty, sense of humor, and many fond memories will be cherished forever."
Lorraine is survived by three daughters and their spouses: Gail and Thomas McDonnell of Clam Lake, WI, Janet and Edwin Ellefson of Milton, WI, Vicki and James Wippich of Neenah, WI; her grandchildren: Robert Spangler, Tina Spangler (Rick Maloney), Andrew (Angie) Ellefson, Anthony (Megan) Ellefson, Eric (Katy) Ellefson, Victoria Wippich, Jeffrey (Kayla) Wippich; great-grandchildren: Ashlyn Ellefson, Alyson Ellefson, Adalyn Lorraine Ellefson, Andrew Ellefson, Maxwell Ellefson; Foster great-grandchildren, Desiray Rodriguez and Pedro Cruz; special sister-in-law, Loraine Johnson; and several very special nieces and nephews, great friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; great-grandson, Maxwell Arthur Maloney ("Mack"); brothers, Jerrold Johnson and George H. Johnson; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; a nephew, Brad Enger.
A special thank you to the staff at Our House Senior Living for their exceptional care, compassion, and commitment. Our heartfelt gratitude to the caring and devoted staff at Heartland Hospice and to Dr. Kenneth Robbins and his team at Stoughton Hospital. The creative spiritual guidance of Pastor Garrett Struessel, Hope Lutheran Church, Milton, was a God send and the prayers and support from Pastors Tabitha and Jon Gallatin and the congregation of Gloria dei Lutheran Church, Neenah, have been very much appreciated. We are extremely grateful to our wonderful family and friends for their support and prayers during mom's illness.
The Visitation and Memorial Service will take place at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 335 Dairyland Drive, Milton, WI, on Monday, June 2. The visitation will take place at 11 a.m. and the Memorial Service will begin at Noon. A luncheon will follow in the church's fellowship hall. A private burial service will be held at Fassett Cemetery, 2005 S. Main Street, Edgerton, WI. ALBRECHT FUNERAL HOME, Milton, is handling the arrangements. A memorial is being established.
Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton
828 S. Janesville St., 608-868-2542