BOZEMAN Lorraine Siegle Wysoski, 84, of Bozeman, died of natural causes Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the home of her son surrounded by her loving family.
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She has requested cremation, no services and burial of remains next to her husband at St. Paul Cemetery in Fairfield. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service of Bozeman.
She was born at home in Fallon in 1928 to Russian/German immigrants, Gottlieb Siegle and Christine Mauser Siegle. She spoke German growing up as a first-generation American. Her first four school years were spent in a one-room school house. In 1937, her family moved to Fairfield. For one term in 1946, she attended Concordia College.
She and Charles Wysoski, an Air Force serviceman, were married in 1949, and they were stationed many places including Anchorage, Alaska, where they went through the 1964 earthquake. After her husband passed away in 1965, she returned to Montana. In 1968, she moved with her two sons to Washington D.C., for a year before returning to Great Falls. 1989 saw her retirement from the Great Falls school district after 20 years. Ever a lover of travel, she visited friends and family in Germany many times, vacationed in England, Holland, Mexico and took several Alaska cruises.
In 1997, she moved to Bozeman to be with her grandchildren, Anne and Sam, who knew her as "Omi." They were the center of her world, and she was fortunate to see them grow up, delighting in sharing experiences together. Lorraine continued to join the families on numerous vacation trips. She loved to read but also kept up with technology with daily emails to friends and calling and receiving texts/pictures with her cell phone.
Lorraine (Omi) was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother Arthur (in a prisoner of war camp after surviving the Bataan Death March); and her twin brothers, Arnold and Oscar.
She is survived by her sisters, Ann and Meta; sons Mark (Kathy) Wysoski and David (Becky) Wysoski and family; and numerous nieces and cousins.
The family requests donations be made to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation with a notation for Hospice, 931 Highland Blvd. Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715 or Valley of Flowers Catholic Church, 609 N. Quaw Blvd., Belgrade, MT 59714.
Condolences may be posted online at wwwdokkennelson.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 15, 2013