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Lorraine Roorda

Rock Valley, IA: Blanche Lorraine Roorda, 98, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Friday, December 31, 2021, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Lorraine donated her body for study at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Deeded Body Program. A celebration of life ceremony will be held Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Rock Valley. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be given to Pioneer United Methodist Church, Hegg Health Center, or Habitat for Humanity.


Blanche Lorraine (Miller) Roorda was born at Rock Valley Farm at Correctionville, Iowa on May 1, 1923 to Harvey and Blanche Miller. She received her education at a one room rural school, Correctionville High School and Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Lorraine was a life-long Methodist; being a member at Rock Branch Methodist Church in Correctionville during her younger years and later at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Rock Valley.

Lorraine taught rural school in Woodbury County in Iowa and then Junior and Senior High School at the Rock Valley Public School where she coached girls basketball.

Lorraine and Hessel John Roorda were united in marriage in 1952. They were blessed with three daughters and one son.

She is survived by her daughters, Helen Roorda, Lois (Dean) Knox, and Joan (TJ) Keeler; four grandchildren, Emily, Caleb, Hannah, and Rachel; and five great-grandchildren, Knox, Grace Lorraine, Jack Harvey, Griffin, and Rose.

Preceding Lorraine in death were her parents, Harvey and Blanche Miller; husband, Hessel John Roorda; parents-in-law, Hessel S. and Mary Roorda; son, Hessel Ray Roorda; infant Keeler grandson; sisters, Ruth (Melvin) Treptow, and Joan (William) Cameron; brother, Ray (Mary Jane) Miller; infant brother, Jacob Miller; and all her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.


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Lorraine was a wonderful loving person, very willing to help you where she could. She sewed many seams and replaced buttons for me. My husband worked for Hess for a number of years, and she became like a mom to me after the loss of my own mother. We became good friends after she moved to 4 seasons and then the manor During the covid lock down we kept in touch by phone or mail. She enjoyed talking about the past and the new things going on at the farm. She had a special place in my heart.

Jan Van Egdom Jan 11 2022 5:22 PM

Lorraine was a beautiful distant cousin whom I knew through the Roorda side of the Kosters family. My very best friend, classmate, & second cousin, Mary Riessen often talked about the Roorda relatives. We were a couple years older than Helen, Lorraine & Hessel's oldest daughter. During Lorraine's later years, she joined my two Rock Valley sisters for Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners. Pictures always showed this lovely, gentle matriarch of the Roorda clan who never appeared to age. It is sad to see the passing of the last of her generation. Lorraine was a fixture for many, many years in multiple generations of family.

Peggy (Kosters) Tomlinson Jan 6 2022 7:37 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lorraine Roorda

Peggy (Kosters) Tomlinson Jan 6 2022 7:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lorraine Roorda

Marlene and Tom Xan Holland Jan 3 2022 10:48 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lorraine Roorda

Marlene and Tom Van Holland Jan 3 2022 6:32 PM

Lorraine was one classy lady. She was always so kind and had a smile on her face. Sending my sympathy and prayers to Lorraine's family and dear friends.

Cathy Collenbaugh Jan 3 2022 5:37 PM

Lorraine was a beautiful person - both inside and out! She faithfully attended all the sing-alongs when I played piano. I knew she wasn't doing well this last while when she didn't come anymore and would not greet me with a big smile and encouraging words when I went to her room. She was obviously very tired and ready to go home!
I loved reading Lorraine's book of stories and she was always so excited to receive the letters that I wrote as well. I will truly miss Lorraine and look forward to singing and sharing together in heaven one day!!!

Von Postma Jan 3 2022 2:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lorraine Roorda

Sylvia Pruismann Jan 3 2022 1:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lorraine Roorda

Linda Keizer Jan 3 2022 8:38 AM

Sympathy to the Roorda Family on the passing of Lorraine Roorda. Great teacher and person.

Don and Janet Doorn Jan 2 2022 9:35 PM

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