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Services Tuesday for Lorraine J. Donley, age 90

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Lorraine J. Donley, age 90, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

She was born on June 14, 1925, in Boone, Iowa, to Albert and Margaret (Woods) Swanson, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, William (Mary) Donley of Porter, Charles (Debra) Donley of Valparaiso, Richard (Aimee) Donley of Salina, Kansas, Casey (Donna) Donley of Chesterton, Scott (Ashley) Donley of Turlock, CA; brother, Leo Swanson; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren ,and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Donley; son, Robert Donley; grandchild, William Donley; sister, Anna Peacock; brothers, Glen Swanson, Albert Swanson and longtime friend, Bruce Palmer.

Lorraine was a graduate of Hobart High School, class of 1942. During WWII Lorraine trained at Mercy Hospital in Gary, and she later became a nurse at Porter Memorial Hospital. Family meant everything to Lorraine, she was a loving mother of six sons. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Lorraine enjoyed football, she was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and especially Peyton Manning.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 12:00 p.m., at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN, with Pastor Scott Tyring officiating. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Portage.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 29, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lorraine’s honor may be made to the Monticello Christian Church, 105 Gordon Rd., Monticello, IN, 47960.

Online condolences to the family may be made at



Posted 6/26/2015




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