Lorraine Stevensen Kemmer, 86, of Falcon Heights, died Aug. 24 at the St. Anthony Park Home, where she lived the last 10 months of her life.

Lorraine was born March 29, 1927, in Chester, Iowa, to Henry Stevensen and Laura Nikoley. She graduated from Chester High School in 1945 and attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in home economics in 1949.

In 1949 she also married Eugene Kemmer, of Spring Valley, Minn. They had three children, Steven, Jeff and Janine. They also had a fourth “child,” a pet crow, for 28 years, who used to liven up Halloween in Falcon Heights.

They built their house in Falcon Heights in 1953, where Lorraine lived for the past 60 years.

Lorraine was active in 4-H; Campfire Girls of St. Paul, for which she was a house manager with the Chimera Theater ushering program for many years; the Minnesota Genealogy Association, particularly the Danish Group; the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, where she did legislative monitoring of women’s issues; and Minnesota Home Economists in Homemaking.

She was named Home Economist of the Year in 1995. She loved nature and was an avid bird watcher and gardener. She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene (1990).

She is survived by her children, Steve (Joan), Jeff (Deb) and Janine, and granddaughter, Sara.

A private family service was held.

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