Lorraine M. Wilkins

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January 7, 1930 - May 26, 2020
Born in Cottleville, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Lorraine M. Wilkins (nee Gutermuth), of St. Charles, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the age of 90. Loving wife of the late James H. Wilkins; beloved daughter of the late Theodore and Ella Gutermuth; devoted mother of Karen (Ronald) Long and James W. (Theresa) Wilkins; cherished grandmother of Ricci (Kimberly) Massman, Daniel (Donna) Massman, Joshua (Cassie) Long, Nicholas Wilkins, Emily Wilkins; treasured great-grandmother of Blake, Parker, Lauren, Braydon, and Kalynne; dear sister of Ruby Plume. Lorraine is also preceded in death by her brother, Lester Gutermuth; sisters, Bernice Tucker, Jeanette Kapeller, Darlene Sommer; and son-in-law, Ric Massman.

Lorraine retired after a career in retail, as well as a homemaker. She was a member at St. John's UCC in St. Charles and was a former cub scout leader. Lorraine loved to quilt and sew. Family was very important to Lorraine. She loved taking care of her family and cherished spending time with them. Lorraine was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made in Lorraine's name to St. John's United Church of Christ.

Services will be private.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Sandi and Mike Robertson May 29, 2020 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    One of the sweetest persons we have had the privilege to know–she was family to us. She will be truly missed. I (Sandi) will miss our hugs and little talks that we had in the nursing home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and Jim and family.

    • Joseph Bisto June 3, 2020 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Offer my condolences to my coworker Jim and family!
      Hopefully I’ll get to see ya after this pandemic!

  2. LOU ELLA CLAUSSEN May 29, 2020 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Aunt Lorraine was a very loving and caring Aunt. She was always there with a helping hand and a kind word when it was needed.I will miss her smile and her gentle spirit. All the Gutermuth girls always took care of each other and their families. they were a very close family. And gave a good example of how a good family should be. I feel very luck to have her for an Aunt. I send my prayers and thoughts to Karen and Jimmy and hope you find peace in knowing that your Mom not suffering anymore and is heaven with her family and friends with all my love Lou Ella Claussen and family.

  3. Ricci Massman May 30, 2020 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Nothing can ever prepare me for losing the most incredible person I know. My heart is broken. You were the best mentor to all of us. Your example of how to live was unmatched. I can’t recall a time in your life when you lost your patience, raised your voice, said an unkind word, or hurt my feelings. Every time I was with you I felt safe and encouraged. I will miss our backyard picnics. I will miss our game nights. I will miss your boiled hot dogs. I will miss our cereal before bedtime. I will miss you rubbing my feet while we watched tv and mostly will miss your smile and laugh. You used to tell me that I would grow up one day and find me a girl to replace you. You were right about one thing, I found a girl, but you can never be replaced. I miss you already and hope in the day I see you again. Please kiss Grandpa for me and thank you for everything you ever did for me. Goodbye for now. I love you!!!!!!!!!

  4. Cheryl Apenbrink June 1, 2020 at 11:14 am - Reply

    candle 2Lorraine was a very sweet and kind person. I enjoyed visiting with her at McClay Senior Care when I was there visiting my dad. I often offered to help her back to her room after dinner and she always accepted “as long as it wasn’t too much trouble”. It was never any trouble. I was glad to be able to help her–after all she was extended family to me. She will be missed by many. I extend my deepest sympathy to Karen and Jim and their families.

  5. Jan Kriesmann June 5, 2020 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Karen and Family … So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Take comfort in knowing that she has reached her Reward and that you did your very best in giving her the care she deserved. I’m happy to have met her and her loving family during our time at McClay. Thanks for all of the supportive talks. You were so kind by being one of the first people to greet us. My sincere sympathies. I know how much you will miss her. Jan Kriesmann (Arleen’s daughter)

  6. Paulette Salfen June 13, 2020 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Aunt Lorraine was one of a kind.
    Her tales of her youth on the farm were fascinating. Her humor and stories of life with Uncle Jim were joyful. Later in life I got to know her better as she took care of ailing Uncle Jim. She was brilliant at complex medicine dispensing and financial intricacies. I often wished I’d known her better in my youth but Wilkins gathering were too boisterous for the in-depth
    conversations of later years.

    She once rescued me from two bullies. She was a gem. She jokingly said that Uncle Jim visited her as a bird after his death. If so, I hope she is comfortably nesting with him again.

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