In Memory of Ethel "Lorraine" Woebke

Ethel "Lorraine" Woebke
Ethel "Lorraine" Woebke
Born: May 19, 1924
Died: December 28, 2017
Age: 93
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Ethel "Lorraine" Woebke
May 19, 1924 - December 28, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

Ethel “Lorraine” Woebke, age 93, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Rev. Neil Wehmas & Rev. Richard Salcido will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Christensen ­-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Ethel “Lorraine” 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, IA. 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, IA.  The couple lived in Holstein and the Crawford Country area before making their forever home in Ida Grove, IA in 1955.  Lorraine and Walter were blessed with four boys Wayne, Larry, Richard, and Donald.

Lorraine was employed by Koons Bakery, the sale barn, Ida Grove Café, and worked for 22 years as a dietary aid 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 4 nights a week with the Ida Grove Twirlers.

Lorraine most recently made her home at Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, IA.  She enjoyed daily visits with her husband Walter, and the many activities they offered, along with many new friends she made while living there.

Lorraine is 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.

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



10:30 a.m., Wednesday
January 3, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Neil Wehmas
& Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Ida Grove


Organist-Geraldine Dankert
Vocalist-Trisha Hoffman

" How Great Thou Art"
"On Eagle's Wings"

Recorded Selections
"Go Rest High On That Mountian"- Vince Gill


At a later date


Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 10:53 AM
“My sympathy to Walter and family. I am remembering our good times together. Gods blessings.”
- Evelyn Nelson
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:58 AM
“Walt & Family:
Sorry to hear of Lorraines passing. Always enjoyed chatting with you folks when we crossed paths. I think of you occasionally when i go past the 6-mile corner. I remember when I started working at Council Oak grocery store, Lorraine was one ot the first people I carried out her groceries to her car. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
God's Blessings.”
- Jerry Boger
Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:13 AM
“I have fond memories of Lorraine when she worked at HMH. There is no doubt that Heaven has another angel. With my sympathy, Judy Andresen”
- Judy Andresen
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:51 PM
“Walt and family,

Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed getting to know you both up at Morningside and Matt has know you longer since you were a customer. I will miss my friendly little trouble - double trouble maker. We always had lots of fun giving each other a hard time. Hugs to you Walt and don’t be a stranger. Please come up to Morningside for a visit. We will miss you.”
- Matt and Chris Wunschel
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 3:18 PM
“Walt and sorry for your loss of Lorraine. Walt, Marc and I enjoyed visiting with both you and Lorraine when my mother resided at Morningside. Blessings to all of you.”
- Marc and Marsha Kjar
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 3:18 PM
“What a wonderful lady. I enjoyed sitting by her many times in church, what a kind person she was. My condolences.”
- Marilyn dose
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