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Lorraine Strawsell

March 13, 1952-Feb. 20, 2009

Lorraine M. Strawsell, 56, of rural Callaway, died Friday, February 20, 2009 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in rural Clay County.

Lorraine was born to Flavian and Alice (Duchene) Steffl on March 13, 1952 in Detroit Lakes. She was baptized and confirmed at Assumption Catholic Church in Callaway. Lorraine was raised on a farm and attended elementary school in Callaway. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1970. She attended beauty school in St. Cloud at Regency Beauty Institute.

Lorraine married Steve Strawsell on July 24, 1971 at the Assumption Catholic Church. They made their home in Perham for a few years before moving back to Callaway.

Lorraine owned and operated Town and Country Beauty Salon in Callaway. She also did hair in various places in Detroit Lakes, such as Emmanuel Nursing Home, Pleasant View Assisted Living and West-Kjos Funeral Home.

Lorraine was also a very important part of her husband's flooring business, whether it was lining up the job, bookkeeping, billing or just finding the right floor sample for the customer.

Lorraine was an active member of the Assumption Catholic Church in Callaway, Christian Mothers and of the community of Callaway. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and shopping. She also enjoyed her children and grandchildren, working with the elderly and time spent at the lake with her family.

Surviving Lorraine are her husband, Steve; two sons, Dave Strawsell of rural Callaway and Brian (Heather) Strawsell of Hawley; six grandchildren; six brothers, John (Candyce) Steffl of Detroit Lakes, Dennis (Deborah) Steffl of Callaway, Richard Steffl of Callaway, David (Gina) Steffl of Callaway, Daniel (Sherry) Steffl of Callaway and Jerry Steffl of Arlington, Va.; four sisters, Marlys Metlyng of Phoenix, Ariz., Jolene (Karl) Gunderson of West Fargo, Janelle (Karl) Johnson of Wendell, Minn., and Donna (Mike) Christians of Burlington, N.D.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding Lorraine in death were her parents and her brother, Jim Steffl.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with interment following at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Callaway.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online the messages of sympathy section at