Lorraine M. Sellgren Davis, age 94, of Forada, died on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Alomere Health.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Church of St. Mary in Alexandria with Fr. Matthew Kuhn officiating. Interment will take place at the church cemetery.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2022, concluding with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, and rosary at 6:45 p.m., at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Lorraine Mae was born on June 14, 1927, an only child, to John and Mary “Mae” (Kust) Weinholzer, in a country farmhouse in Lake Mary Township. When Lorraine was five years old, she and her parents moved to Forada, where she lived until her death, and was most likely the oldest resident that ever lived there. Lorraine attended Country School District #3 through the 8th grade and graduated from Alexandria Central High School in 1945. Following her education, Lorraine worked as a secretary for Ludke Luchert at the North American Creamery in Alexandria and as a salesperson in her parent’s store in Forada. She liked to work and liked to see others dedicated to their work. Lorraine was united in marriage to Edward Sellgren on June 15, 1948, at St. Mary’s Church. They were blessed with two daughters, Sheryl and Judy, to whom Lorraine was a good mother and role model. Lorraine loved sales and negotiating and was involved with Amway and World Book Encyclopedias before becoming a real estate agent at the age of 40. She was a member of the Alexandria Board of Realtors for more than 30 years. Her husband, Ed passed away on January 27, 1979, at the age of 53. Lorraine remained a widow until meeting Miles Austin Davis, and in their courting days and well into their marriage they would travel around the area dancing several times a week. She and Miles were married on April 15, 1988, at St. Mary’s Church.
Lorraine was driven and determined and had an abundance of energy, she always seemed to achieve whatever she set out for and was involved in building Sunset Beach Resort. She owned and operated it for 30 years, and at the time of her passing, was still owner/operator of Sunset Camping on Maple Lake. Lorraine’s legacy will continue as her daughters become the new operators.
Lorraine was a member of St. Mary’s Church and was involved in the Mission Circle Group and Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Forada Birthday Club for more than 35 years, Forada Senior Club for more than 25 years and member of the Rod and Gun Club. Lorraine enjoyed people, loved serving them, was a mentor to many, and believed it was important to keep as busy as long as you could. She volunteered for Elder Network calling on many seniors for over 25 years. She danced with the Rhinestone Rockets. She loved playing cards and would meet often with friends for an afternoon of a game or two of 3’s. Lorraine loved her family, her country, state, city and community. She believed that happiness was not found in having everything, but rather being happy with everything you have. Lorraine said that she had a good life and thanked God every day for it.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Edward Sellgren in 1979, and Miles Davis, in 2019; and son-in-law, Marlin “Hersh” Herschman, in 2019.
Lorraine is survived by her two daughters, Sheryl Sellgren Herschman of Zephyr Cove, Nevada and Judy Sellgren-Ehle of Snellville, Georgia; two granddaughters, Allison Ehle of Atlanta, Georgia and Adrianna (Gordon) Warnell of Savannah, Georgia; great-granddaughter, Genevieve Warnell of Savannah, Georgia; step-son, Scott (Geralyn) Davis of Palmdale, California; step-daughter, Jodi Bassekle of Chaska; and five step-grandchildren, Zachary (Calli) Ernst of Birmingham, Alabama, Elise (Davis) (Derek) Espejo of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Evan (Diana) Davis of Fountain Valley, California, Michael Davis of Palmdale, California, and Sirius Bassekle of Chaska.
Pallbearers are Allison Ehle, Adrianna Warnell, Gordon Warnell, Bill Ehle, Scott Davis, and Jon Hlinsky.