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Lorraine Steiner

MONTANA CITY Lorraine Steiner, 87, who, after World War II, moved to Great Falls, where she worked as a bookkeeper and parachute packer at Malmstrom AFB, died of natural causes Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Country Life Assisted Living facility in Montana City.

In keeping with her wishes, no services will be held. Cremation will take place under the direction of Retz Funeral Home in Helena.

Lorraine was being visited and comforted by family members and the staff of Country Life Assisted Living facility.

Lorraine was born in Benton, Ark., on March 16, 1925. She was the youngest of eight children of Fitzhugh and Lela Morrow. Her mother died when Lorraine was 6 years old. She was raised by her father and her oldest sister and husband, Lottie and Olin Ham. She was raised in Arkansas and Texas and had an active youth; she was an avid athlete, excelling in tennis and softball. She married Howard Steiner on June 1, 1947. Howard made the family living working on the railroad, while Lorraine remained at home raising their three children. Howard passed away in 2000.

Lorraine volunteered for any activity that was necessary to support her children. She was an excellent seamstress and loved crafts. After Howard retired, they spent numerous hours volunteering for St. Vincent de Paul, the BN Employees club and the VFW. She had a hard time passing up a game of cards at the senior center with friends.

She is survived by her three children, Carrolyn (Rod) Vidal of Newport, Wash., Joe (Vicki) Steiner of Montana City and Lorraine "Toni" (Gary) Pressley of Townville, S.C.; grandchildren Kristin (Vivek) Deshmukh, Erik Rogers, Darin (Andrea) Steiner, Jason (Melissa) Steiner, Gillian (Benji) Black and James Pressley; nine great-grandchildren; brother Dr. William Bell of Jonesboro, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

Donations in Lorraine's honor may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 426 Central Avenue W., Great Falls, MT, 59404, or the .

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.


Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 22, 2013
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