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Lorraine Wilson Obituary
Fox Lake - Lorraine Louise (Herling) Wilson, 93, a resident of Fox Lake, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, surrounded by family at home following a period of failing health. Lorraine was born in Chicago, Jan. 9, 1921, daughter of Arved and Lorretta (Morley) Herling. She spent her youth in Chicago and was employed as a Chicago police officer in the 1950's as a motorcycle officer with traffic enforcement. She also held positions inspecting orphanages and homes for children in the Chicago area. She was an entrepreneur and ran a popular hot dog stand with the help of her family on the city's South Side for a number of years. She was an avid Scrabble player and among her hobbies were sewing and other needlework. She enjoyed politics and worked in the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley's office. Lorraine also volunteered in numerous community endeavors. Throughout her life she helped people, especially children. She sewed costumes for her grandchildren when they were in school plays and offered practical advice and support. She is remembered for her strength, compassion and the wisdom that she shared with her children and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren. She was always there for them. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew. She is preceded in death by her brother Joseph Herling. Lorraine is the beloved sister of John Herling (Mary), Thomas Herling (Maurine), Bernice (the late William) Smith, Marie Herling. She leaves behind her children Andria M. (Wilson) White, of Ocklawaha, FL, Christopher D. Wilson, of Fox Lake, IL, Nora Green, (married to Eugene) of Illinois, John E. Wilson, Chicago, Vincent P. Wilson, Carbondale, IL, Thomas E. Wilson, Chicago, IL, Mary (Wilson) Tyler (husband Kenneth) of Fort Myers, Fl. She is preceded in death by her oldest daughter Joanne P. (Rhodes) Sullivan, of Round Lake. Services and internment will be private.
Published in Chicago Tribune from July 8 to July 9, 2014
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