Lillian Lauchland passed on August 25, 2013, after a long, loving life. She was born in Borden, Sask., Canada on January 31, 1919, to Henry and Lena Sawatzky and moved to Lodi, California when she was 4 years old. She attended Garfield, Alpine, Harmony Grove and Live Oak Schools as well as Lodi High. She married before she graduated, but in 1970, she earned her High School diploma. In 1935, she married Ronald Lauchland, which was followed by the birth of 6 children over the next 11 years. She and her husband enjoyed many local organizations and clubs over the years including Woodbridge OES, First Methodist Church, San Joaquin Historical Society, San Joaquin Farm Bureau, Past Matrons and Patrons of OES, N.R.A., and Life Membership of American Angus Association. Lillian was also a member of the White Apron Club, Woodbridge Whist, Lodi Trailer Club, and Town and Country Women. Watercolor painting, writing, card playing, cooking, camping, fishing, and traveling were among the many things she enjoyed. Most importantly, she was happiest when surrounded by her family. She is survived by 3 children, Henry Lauchland, Stevenson Lauchland, and Ronda Mettler. Loving her in-laws as her own, she leaves behind Georgia Lauchland, Patty Lauchland, SherAnn Lauchland, Barbara Lauchland, and Jerry Mettler. Her 11 grandchildren include Peggy Nicholson (Dave), George Lauchland (Lorrie), Bart Lauchland (Jennifer), Cindy Gnos (Craig), Matt Lauchland (Tammy), Sandy Lauchland, EmmyJo Heng (Eric), Cody Lauchland, Cara Lauchland, Greg Mettler (Sandy), and Jennifer Mettler-Hall (Duane). She was blessed with 16 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are husband, Ronald (1983), three sons, Mark (2002), Clifford (2003), Jeff (2006), and great-grandson, Ryan Lauchland (2013). Lillian will best be remembered for her loving heart, sense of humor, and warmth. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 6, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lodi. There is no visitation, and committal is private. Contributions in Lilllian's name may be made to Shriner's Hospitals, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817, or San Joaquin Historical Society, or Ryan M. Lauchland Memorial Fund, 1819 Jackson Street, Lodi, CA 95242 Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.