Lorraine Oberlin Patschke Wagaman, 94, proud of living in Lititz, salesperson at Doneckers, very stylish

By on July 12, 2017

Lorraine Oberlin Patschke Wagaman, 94, of Lititz, passed away at the United Zion Retirement Home on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

She was the wife of the late Allen H. Patschke, who passed away in 1979; and the late Harry K. Wagaman, who passed away in 2003. Born in Lititz, she was the daughter of the late Roy K. and Verna M. Zug Oberlin.

As a teenager in Lititz, Lorraine had worked as a waitress at Conlin’s Diner and was a candidate for Miss Lititz in 1938. In her prime, she was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker and in her 70s, worked as a salesperson at Doneckers, which probably contributed to her being known as a prodigious collector of fine clothes and stylish shoes.

Lorraine was a lover of the Big Band music of the 1940s, flowers, and gourmet cooking. She was very proud of her Lititz heritage and quite knowledgeable about her hometown. Her greatest love and treasure was her family, of whom she was very proud. She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lititz.

Lorraine is survived by her children: Timothy O.. married to Sandra J. Patschke, of Lititz; Marcia A., married to Terry Duncan, of New Cumberland; and Susan E., married to Sam Peace, of Sunrise Beach, Texas; her eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law: Reba R. Oberlin of Lititz.

She was preceded in death by her grandson: Scott Duncan; her great-grandson: Aaron Stevenson; and her two brothers: Marlyn J. and G. Richard Oberlin.

Lorraine’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the extraordinary care offered by the nurses, aides, and social workers from Hospice and Community Care, By Your Side Homecare, and the United Zion Retirement Community during her last days.

Friends will be received on Thursday, July 13, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 127 S. Broad St., Lititz, with the funeral service to follow at 11 a.m.,with the Rev. Irvin Straw officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon.

Flowers will be received, or memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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