Lorraine Delores "Lorrie" Strong

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Lorraine "Lorrie" Delores Strong

Des Moines

Lorraine, 86, died March 30, 2014 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital.

Lorraine was born March 21, 1928, at the farm home near Pomeroy, IA. Her parents were Charles and Ranghild (Carlson) Holtapp. Lorraine graduated from Pomeroy High School in May 1945. On March 28, 1948, Lorraine married Harland G. Strong from Sac City, IA. After their marriage, they moved to Waterloo, IA. To this union, three children were born, Kathleen "Kathy" Nelson, David "Alan" (Tammy), and Debra Neal.

In 1967, the family moved to Urbandale, IA, and that fall Lorraine started working as a school secretary at Olmsted Elementary for two years and later worked for 23 years at Rolling Green Elementary. After retirement, she began volunteering at the Agape Pregnancy Center and Zion Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years; her children; a brother, David Holtapp; five grandchildren, Matt (Angie) Nelson, Michael Nelson, Christopher Neal, Jessica Neal, Amanda Strong; four great-grandchildren, Skylar Nelson, Triton Buffington and Jack and Sam Nelson; a niece, nephew, great-niece, and several cousins and numerous friends.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, and grandson, Andy Nelson.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Friday, April 4, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to Agape Pregnancy Center.


Funeral Home
Merle Hay Funeral Home - Des Moines
4400 Merle Hay Road  Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 278-4633
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 3, 2014
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