Lorraine W. Highlander

May 19, 1926 - May 14, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Lorraine W. Highlander, age 92 of Saint Jacob, Illinois, died Tuesday, May 14, at Faith Care Center in Highland, Illinois. She was born on Wednesday, May 19, 1926, on the family farm north of Alhambra, Illinois, the daughter of Edwin and Olga (nee Uhe) Blom. She graduated from Livingston High School. She worked at Montgomery Wards and Busy Bee Bakery, both at Edwardsville, Illinois.

On Sunday, June 09, 1946, she married Melvin H. Highlander at Salem Evangelical and Reform Church, Alhambra, Illinois, who passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2003. 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 seven years ago.

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

She is survived by daughters Judith K. (Ron) Riter, Big Timber, Montana and Connie S. (Jim) Bequette, Staunton, Illinois, son Royce L. (Janet) Highlander, Troy, Illinois, grandchildren Mandy (Toby) Naylor, Belgrade, Montana, Jamie (Matt) Wickens, Winifred, Montana, Tye (Lori) Riter, Lake Worth, Florida, Tory (Heather) Riter, Denver, Colorado, Brian (Beth) Bequette, Staunton, Illinois, Katie (Reuben) Burnley, Berwyn, Illinois, Erin (Roger) Taylor, Troy, Illinois, Matthew Highlander, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, great grandchildren Wyatt Wickens, Kinzlee Wickens, Wrett Wickens, Presley Naylor, Parker Naylor, Paysen Naylor, Cali Bequette, Mya Bequette, Ellie Bequette, Camden Burnley, Lucas Burnley, Anna Taylor, Brody Riter, Ethan Riter, Brandina Riter, Josiah Riter, Bailey Riter, Cameron Riter, sistersin-law Judy A. Blom (nee Camp), Alhambra, Illinois and Wilma J. Blom (nee Gusewelle), Alhambra, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Edwin E. Blom and Olga Blom, nee Uhe, husband Melvin H. Highlander, brothers Delmar E. Blom and Vernon L. Blom, brother-in-law Herbert H. Highlander and sister-in-law - Eunice C. Highlander, nee Meyer.

Visitation will be held 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday, May 20, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Illinois and 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, at Saint Jacob United Church of Christ in Saint Jacob, Illinois. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, at St. Jacob United Church of Christ in St. Jacob, Illinois, with Rev. Nancy L. Gamache, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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

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