Lorna Thorston


Funeral services for Lorna Thorston, 98, were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 22, at Sundown Lutheran Church, rural Springfield.   Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date.

 Mrs. Thorston died Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Lorna Ida Wilhelmina Thorston, the daughter of Alfred and Emma (Raddatz) Klause, was born January 28, 1918, in Yellow Medicine County. She grew up in the Redwood Falls area and received her formal education in country school. On May 31, 1940, Lorna married Clarence Thorston in the Willow Lake Township parsonage. The couple settled on the Thorston family farm in Sundown Township, Redwood County, where they lived and farmed their entire married life. Clarence passed away on November 1, 1992, and Lorna continued to live on the farm until moving into Springfield at the age of 95.

Lorna was a homemaker. She enjoyed flower gardening and had a large vegetable garden. Lorna was a crafter and sold her creations at many craft fairs. She was a wonderful baker and specialized in cookies of every kind. Lorna was known as the “cookie angel of Springfield.” She belonged to Sundown Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and was active in WELCA. Lorna was an adult leader for the Mighty Mites 4-H Club and belonged to the Mother’s Club.

She is survived by her sons, Clarence (Marian) Thorston, and Gene (Bev) Thorston, all of Springfield; and daughters, Marlene (Ken) Meyers of New Richland, and Jacalyn Falter of Naples, Florida. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and her sister Elaine (Arnold) Krohn of Nicollet.

Lorna was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; three sons (including twins in infancy), a daughter, a son-in-law, a step-grandson, two sisters, and three brothers.

Blessed be her memory.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelson-hillestad.com.

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