Lorraine "Lorrie" Wenaas

Lorraine “Lorrie” Wenaas, age 93, of Carrington, ND, died Friday, September 30, 2016, at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington.

Lorraine Roseline “Lorrie” Trautman was born January 25, 1923, at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the daughter of Christ and Maggie (Kroll) Trautman.  She grew up and attended school at Cleveland, ND. The family later moved to Jamestown.  Lorrie was working in a grocery store in Jamestown, and it was there she met Stener “Steve” Wenaas.   He later entered the US Navy, and was stationed on the East Coast.  Steve proposed, and asked Lorrie join him in marriage on June 24, 1944, in Pleasantville, New Jersey.

After his service to his country, they moved to Carrington where he established Steve’s Grocery, later known as Piggly Wiggly.  Lorrie worked in the store, often placing their first baby in the store window!   In 1959, Steve built and operated Lucky Lanes and Lorrie assisted there too.   She did these things while also raising the children and tending to the home.  In their later years, Lorrie and Steve wintered in Arizona.   Stener “Steve” Wenaas died April 19, 2015. 

Lorrie was a member of Federated Church, UCC/UMC and the Women’s Guild.  She had also taught Sunday School at Federated.  She was an active member of the Carrington American Legion Auxiliary, where she chaired the annual poppy drive for many years.  She enjoyed raising flowers, and was an avid baker, especially of apple pies.

She is survived by four children, Sandra (Jack) Lafferty of South Bend, IN, Robert (Joan) Wenaas of Cleveland, TN, Ron (Bonnie) Wenaas of Carrington, and Shellie (Jack) Nelson of Bismarck, ND; four grandchildren, Eric Wenaas, Fargo, Ashley (Cory) Thompson of Bellevue, NE, Aaron (Mary) Wenaas of Brooklyn Park, MN, and Ryan (Mariah) Wenaas of Montevideo, MN; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Norma Fish, Savage, MN and Carol Cannon, Portland, Oregon.

Lorrie was preceded in death by her husband Steve, her parents, and one brother Harold.


PRAYER SERVICE: Thursday 7PM, Evans Funeral Home, Cgtn

FUNERAL SERVICE: Federated Church UCC/UMC, Carrington, ND

DATE AND TIME: Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10:30AM

BURIAL: Carrington Cemetery

Posted Condolences:

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Name: Tom Kessel

Date: October 8

Message: Ron and Bonnie,

Thinking of you and your family in this time of loss.  Lorrie was a lovely lady.



Name: Jane

Date: 10/06/2016

Message: My condolences to all of you.  Lorrie and Steve were friends of my parents, Wes and Marie Kallberg and Bob was one of my classmates.

I know how much you will miss your mom.  She was a wonderful lady in every sense of the word.

Jane Kallberg Cody



Name: Muriel Anderson Tourtelotte

Date: 10/4/16

Message: Ron, I am thinking of you and your family.



Name: Kari Janz

Date: 10-4-16

Message: Ron, Bonnie & family,

Steve and I are so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in our prayers.