Loraine Losser

Obituary of Loraine Evelyn Losser

Loraine Evelyn Losser, widow of Rev. Carl Losser, was called to begin her eternal life on May 7, 2022 in Kuna, Idaho after 95 years of life. 


Loraine was born to George and Anna Heiman on November 18, 1926 in Hanson County near Ethan, South Dakota. She was baptized at home by Pastor Edward Dewald and confirmed in the Lutheran faith by Pastor Henry Luebke at St John Lutheran Church in Emery, South Dakota. She was educated in South Dakota.


Loraine married the Rev. Carl Losser on June 4, 1944 at St John Lutheran Church in Emery, South Dakota, the Rev. Paul Friedrich officiating. This union was blessed with five children: Ronald Gene, Carla Loraine, Gayla Lynn, Thomas Carl, and Nola Louise.


They lived in Alexandria, South Dakota in the Lutheran parsonage until 1953 when her husband accepted a call to pastor a parish and school in Buhl, Idaho (Clover Lutheran) and later in Filer, Idaho (Peace Lutheran), Idaho until 1965. From Idaho the family moved to Sherwood, Oregon where her husband was pastor at St Paul Lutheran Church and School. After her husband's retirement from active ministry in 1982 they moved to Lincoln City, Oregon, where they had purchased a home in 1970. She and her husband, Carl, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 4, 1994. Carl died June 13, 1994. Loraine served as church secretary in the parishes in which her husband served for forty years. She also taught Sunday School, served in areas of education and evangelism, and was on the Northwest LCMS District Steering Committee for the congregation and Concordia University, Portland, Oregon.


Loraine was long involved in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) as an active member by serving in various positions at all levels. Loraine was appointed to the International Leagues Manuscript Review Committee for two terms, from 1979-1983. She served the Oregon District LWML as Chairman of Christian Life, Willamette Zone Structure Committee, and member of the Diversity Task Force. Loraine was elected President of the Oregon District from 1984-1988, an honor she held in high esteem. From 1988-1994 she was Chairman of the Bylaws Committee and member of the Structure Committee. Throughout her time in LWML she wrote and presented a variety of programs and devotionals, some of which were published in the LWML quarterly magazine.


At the community level, Lorraine worked with the Red Cross as a First Aid Instructor, secretary and disaster coordinator. She was also involved in the local Parent Teacher Associations and Moms and Dads club in Sherwood, OR.


The Losser home was open to many individuals, including Christian Day school teachers, relatives, friends, and family who needed a warm bed and home cooked meals. Loraine was always willing to give advice to those who would listen, often with a hint of humor. She never failed to collect the names of her visitors in countless guest books, as she loved to remember everyone who had come to stay.


Those who honor her memory are:

Four children: Carla Wieting, Kuna, ID; Gayla Lesley, Clayton, ID; Thomas Losser (Patty), Filer, Idaho; Nola Barningham, Middleton, ID; and son in law Robert of Salmon, ID. Seven grandchildren: Robert Wieting Jr. (Julie), Washougal, WA; Sean Wieting (Arica), Lincoln, NE; Kendi Lesley Adams (Scott), Fairbanks, AK; Christy (Losser) Snow (Sam), Spokane, WA; Nathan Losser (Kara), Filer, ID; Moriah (Barningham) Maul (Ethan), Meridian, ID; and Timothy Barningham, Boise, ID. Eight great-grandchildren: Avery, Alix, and Aliya Wieting; Matt and Ben Snow; Ethan and Cameron Losser; and Tye Adams. As well as many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Carl; one son, Ronald Gene, father and mother, George and Anna Heiman; three sisters: Lureta Weber, Dr. Hazel Heiman, and Velma Heiman; brother in law, Melvin Weber; and two sons in law: Robert Wieting and Bud Lesley.


A viewing will be held at Attrell’s Mortuary in Newberg, OR on May 13, 2022 from 4-7pm. A graveside service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sherwood, OR at 10am on May 14, 2022. A celebration of life service will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church in Lincoln City, OR on May 14, 2022 at 3:30pm.


Memorials may be given to: Camp Perkins Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (219 S River St, Suite 203, Hailey, ID 83333) or your choice.



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