Ida Grove, Iowa

Ethel "Lorraine" Woebke, 93, of Ida Grove, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Morningside Healthcare Community in Ida Grove.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Neil Wehmas and Rev. Richard Salcido will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove. Condolences may be sent online at

Ethel "Lorriane" Woebke, the daughter of Adolph and Christina (Albertsen) Hansen, was born on May 19, 1924, on a farm called the six-mile house in Goodrich Township, Crawford County, Iowa. Lorraine grew up in Crawford County, where she attended country school. She was confirmed in her Lutheran faith on April 2, 1939.

On June 25, 1944, Lorraine married the love of her life, Walter Woebke, in 101-degree heat in the shade in Schleswig, Iowa. The couple lived in Holstein, Iowa, and the Crawford Country area before making their forever home in Ida Grove in 1955. Lorraine and Walter were blessed with four boys, Wayne, Larry, Richard, and Donald. Lorriane was employed by Koons Bakery, the sale barn, Ida Grove Cafe, and worked for 22 years as a dietary aide at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove before retiring.

Lorraine enjoyed cooking, baking cookies for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, collecting owls, and especially loved wintering in Texas for 13 years with her husband, Walter. You might remember Lorraine and Walter from square dancing, which the couple enjoyed doing for 16 years for four nights a week with the Ida Grove Twirlers. Lorraine most recently made her home at Morningside Healthcare Community in Ida Grove. She enjoyed daily visits with her husband, Walter, and the many activities they offered, along with many new friends she made while living there.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 73 years, Walter Woebke of Ida Grove; sons, Wayne (Kimberly) Woebke of Mission, Texas, and Don Woebke of Evens, Colo.; grandchildren, Darren (Lori) Woebke of Kansas City, Mo., Chris Woebke (special friend, Jennifer Senhen) of Ida Grove, Dorian (Boyd) Maxwell of Kansas City, Stacy (Ron) Witter of Kingsley, Iowa, Megan (Zach) Montgomery of Ida Grove, and Cody Woebke (special friend, Becca Schmidt) of Ida Grove; great-grandchildren, Blake, Deandra, Autum, Caitlyn, Dylan, Carter and Maia; sister, Helen Woebke of Forest Grove, Ore.; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Woebke of Ida Grove; and extended family and friends.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her sons, Richard Woebke and Larry Woebke; her parents, Adolph and Christina (Albertsen) Hansen; sister, Malinda Abbe; and brother, Bernie Hansen.

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