Lorraine D. Clayton, age 90, of Harmony Commons, Stevens Point, died on Monday, May 4, 2015.
The third of four children, she was born on November 12, 1924, at home on the family farm in Junction City to Frank and Rose (Malik) Stepnock. A lifelong resident of Portage County, Lorraine lived in Stevens Point since she graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School at age 16. After graduation she worked as an abstracter for the Atwell Company. Later she worked for the Rice Clinic, and retired as Administrative and Medical Staff Secretary for St. Michael’s Hospital in 1988. In retirement she assisted with bookkeeping for Modern Signs. She married George W. Clayton in 1949 in Junction City. They later separated and he died in 2001.
A gregarious woman, Lorraine was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, several bowling teams and bridge clubs, and a professional secretary’s association. She also volunteered at the Red Cross Blood Bank, and she especially enjoyed being a “hugger” at the Special Olympics. At the Lincoln Senior Center Lorraine served as a volunteer in the RSVP program and worked as a cashier at the Holly Shoppe. A long-time member of St. Stephen’s parish, Lorraine’s strong faith inspired her to volunteer at the church Rectory and deliver Holy Communion to shut-ins. Lorraine was beloved by many and possessed a contagious smile, an unwavering positive attitude, and a sharp wit. She was a loving and generous mother to her children, Patti (Dave) Becker and Beverly Clayton (special friend Dick Petersen), Stevens Point, and Geof Clayton, Dallas, Texas. Lorraine’s favorite activities included cooking, baking, sewing, bowling, travel, volunteering, playing bridge and visiting with family and friends. She even took a hot air balloon flight in New Mexico, and was proud to be part of a balloon chase team. She was a strong fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers through thick and thin.
Survivors include her children; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; her sister-in-law, Margaret (Remo) Stepnock Cameranesi; honorary grandchildren, Stephanie Homann and Josh Plank; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Henry and Valerian; sister, Grace Parker; dear cousin, Virginia Thiele and her son David; and her nephew Steve Stepnock.
Lorraine received a lot of loving care in her last months. Her family would like to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Hospital, especially Dr. Romeo Barrakeh, the wonderful and helpful staff at the Harmony Commons RCAC, where she made her home for the past four years, and the compassionate members of her Hospice team. She also enjoyed many warm and special friendships among the Harmony residents.
Funeral Mass will be held on 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at St. Stephen’s Church. Visitation will be at Boston Funeral Home on Monday, May 11th, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Lorraine will be buried with her parents and brother, Valerian, in the St. Michael’s cemetery in Junction City. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to St. Michael’s Foundation – Hospice, 900 Illinois Avenue, Stevens Point, WI, 54481.
The world has lost an amazing woman. Lorraine and her smile will live forever in our hearts.