Sweet Lorane Community News, March 2, 2023

The Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 2, 2023
By Pat Edwards

This week, a beautiful angel flew home. Kathy Warden held a special place in Jim’s and my hearts. I wrote about her in my column a few weeks ago without naming her. She worked for us at the Lorane Family Store for many years and she and her husband, Gary, raised their children, Jeramie and Paula, in the home they rented from us across the street from the store. She was more than an employee… more than a friend… so much more to not only us, but many others in the community of Lorane. She loved children and related to them easily… she was “Aunt Kathy” to not only our grandkids, but to many other young people in the community, as well. She babysat them when they were little and she and Nancy O’Hearn, who lived with the Wardens for many years until her passing, welcomed them and their friends in the home the Wardens moved to on south Territorial as they grew into their teenage years and later, adulthood.

Once Jeramie and Paula began providing her with grandchildren, her world revolved around not only them, but those belonging to her “chosen family” that she claimed and loved through the years. Those 3 granddaughters, 4 grandsons and 1 great-grandson, who all lived close-by, were her pride and joys and they brightened her world until the very end.

Kathy’s health deteriorated over the years to the point that she spent way too much time on a ventilator in the hospital, but each time she came home, she seemed to bounce back to Gary and the family who was always there for her. The pandemic years were the hardest. Her health was so fragile that she stayed isolated at home as much as possible and she had few visitors. Jim and I hadn’t seen her for two years when we made our “goodbye” visit to her a couple of weeks ago when she was put in hospice care at home.

I believe she was at peace when she left us, and we are all grateful that she is no longer suffering the pain and discomfort that was so familiar to her. Our deep condolences go out to her husband Gary and all of her family at this painful time. Kathy leaves a piece of herself in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

The Lorane Community Association just announced that the beautiful and very popular Lorane mural, created by local artists, Karen Pigeon and Alix Mosier, will soon be placed at its new location at the corner of Territorial and Cottage Grove-Lorane Roads. The new owners of the Lorane Family Store asked it to be moved as they needed the space where it was originally placed. It has been in storage until a new site could be chosen. It will still be on the store property, but closer to the corner, beyond the gas tanks. The construction for its placement is beginning this week thanks to the Jentzsch family who have volunteered their services.

This past week, Jim and I attended the Lorane Grange Dessert and Bingo Night as we try to do each time it’s held. We always have a good time and there is usually a good turnout from the community. The Grange is active and quite a few members take part in it as well as non-members. This past week was exceptional, however. Lil Thompson reports that she counted at least 40 people in attendance… many new ones and several who say that they will be returning later this month. It’s always a lively and fun group, and Randy Eschleman, the caller, keeps the game moving along at a good clip and evokes lots of laughs throughout the evening. No one seems to mind if they aren’t able to yell “Bingo.” It’s for a good cause as the proceeds go towards building maintenance, scholarships and community activities.

The Crow Grange is returning to its 1st and 3rd Saturday evening schedule for dinner and bingo. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and bingo begins at 7:00 p.m. I’m too late in announcing this for the first March game, but the next one will be held on March 18.
Creswell Grange has their bingo night once a month on the 3rd Wednesday, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The next Rural Art Center movie night at the Lorane Grange is on Saturday, March 11, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a dinner of soup and fresh-baked bread before the movie begins.

Hopefully, we’ll be enjoying some dry and warmer weather by the time this is in print. I think we’re all a bit tired of snow and ice now. I know that I’m aware of Spring Fever beginning to nibble at my consciousness. Fingers crossed!

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