THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Loraine B. Washburn
Issue Date: September 4, 2013
Loraine B. Washburn, 96, of Marquette, Mich., died Monday, Sept. 2 at Mill Creek Assisted Living under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice.
Born on Sept. 11, 1916 in Menominee, Mich., to the late Frank and Clara (Holsbach) Kreuz, she was a 1934 graduate of Menominee High School and graduated in 1938 from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She remained at Marquette University as a secretary to the Dean of the School of Business Administration until her marriage to Robert D. Washburn at Epiphany Catholic Church in Menominee on Jan. 24, 1942.
During World War II, she was employed as secretary to the Field Director of the Red Cross Unit at Fort Belvoir where her husband was stationed. The couple then opereated a private forestry and surveying consulting business in Marquette working as a surveyors assistant and also received her pilots license to assist her husband in their business. She was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church in Marquette and formerly St. Mary 's Catholic Church in Big Bay.
She is survived by 17 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death besides her parents, was her husband, Robert D. Washburn on July 9, 2000; three sisters, Mary, Gertrude and Grace and four brothers, Clarence, Frank, Leo, and Kenneth.
The family will greet relatives and friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at St. Christopher Catholic Church until the time of the Mass at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Frank Lenz will officiate with burial at Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette. Expressions of sympathy are kindly asked to be made to the Bay Cliff Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 or St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2372 Badger St., Marquette, MI 49855 in her memory.