Grandma Lorraine was an inspiration to many. Always volunteering and helping others. Her obituary:
Lorraine Mary Essler was born on March 4, 1925, in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the daughter of Emil and Susan (Spaeth) Wiener. She grew up and received her education in Padua. On September 9, 1943, Lorraine was united in marriage to Henry J. Essler. They made their home and raised their family on a dairy farm south of Brooten. Lorraine worked hard as a homemaker and also as a clerk at Maher's Department Store and Elwood's Grocery in Belgrade and later at Home Bakery in Brooten. She was a faithful member of St. Donatus Catholic Church. Lorraine was an active volunteer at the Food Shelf in Brooten and member of the Brooten Senior Citizens and the Red Hats Society. She was the recipient of the WCCO Good Neighbor Award in 2011. Her hobbies included playing card games, bowling, gardening and quilting. She enjoyed life on the farm, morning coffee with friends, socials at the Ka-De-Shack and the Bonanza Valley Days. She cherished her grandchildren and all their activities.