Lorraine (Fors) Gohl (1927 - 2016)

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Lorraine Gohl passed peacefully in her sleep July 7, 2016 at Homeplace of Burlington, a memory care facility in Burlington Washington. Born Lorraine Fors in Duluth, MN August 25, 1927 to Finnish immigrants, Lorraine's family moved to Mullen ID not long after her father passed away, and where she met her future husband Albert Gohl. In 1947 soon after her high school graduation, they married and loaded up their new Jeep and drove the Alcan highway to Anchorage Alaska. For a short while they owned and operated the 5th Avenue Laundry as well as managed an apartment complex.
Lorraine loved Anchorage, a booming new town with lots of opportunity, but Albert had a bit of wanderlust so they moved to Hope, AK to experience a more frontier lifestyle. Later they returned to Anchorage where their son Steve was born, and soon left for the Lower 48 so Albert could attend college. In 1955 they returned to Alaska settling in Juneau. Although Lorraine and Albert divorced after 27 years, she remained very active in Juneau taking pride in her new found independence.
People may remember Lorraine when she worked for the Territory and then the State of Alaska for 27 years. Her last years were with the Department of Commerce where she was ever vigilant to let no letter leave the Word Processing Center with poor grammar or misspelt words.
Lorraine was a dedicated attendee of the Southeast Alaska Folk Festival as it was called in the early days. She was active in her community attending political events for local and state elections, sang for several years with the singing group Sweet Adelines, took Aerobic classes, and could be seen sugar-footing around the Prospector dance floor on occasion. Lorraine had a great sense of humor, loved to talk, attend gatherings and events particularity if cake was served.
Lorraine was a loving and attentive grandmother to Kelly Steven Gohl, and loved to Salmon fish with the family often steering the boat. From her Douglas Condo she loved watching the tourist ships slide up Gastineau Channel and of course the town's 4th of July fireworks.
She leaves her family that includes her son Steve and daughter-in-law Linda of Camano Island, WA, grandson Kelly Steven and his wife Jackie Gohl of Juneau, nephew Geoffrey Fors of Monterey, CA, niece Adrienne (Fors) Soule of Oak Harbor, WA, nephew Clarence Homi of Richland, WA, Gloria Frederickson surviving spouse of nephew Philip, and several grand nieces and nephews.
Son Steve would like to extend a special thanks to the care givers and the Adult Day Center in Juneau who assisted Lorraine, and the Tongass Eye Clinic who kept her in proper eyeglasses while in Washington. Steve moved Lorraine to Washington in 2008 after several years of caring for her at home. And a very special thanks to the caregivers and administrators at Homeplace at Burlington in Washington for their continuous patience, support and outstanding hands-on care in making Lorraine feel at home and comfortable in her final days.
In the near future, the family will return Lorraine to Juneau, the place she loved best, for final resting at the Columbarium at the Shrine of Saint Therese. No services will be held. If folks would like to make a donation, please consider the Alaska Folk Festival or any organization that helps animals, or a .
Published in The Juneau Empire from Aug. 31 to Sept. 28, 2016