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Lorraine J. Thomas
June 24, 1934 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Lorraine Thomas, a beacon of love and kindness, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2023, at the age of 89 in Barrington, IL. Born on June 24, 1934, in Chicago, IL, to the late August Muza and Sophie Koy, and later lovingly raised by step-father Bruno Koy, Lorraine's life was a testament to the power of warmth and thoughtfulness in building a life well-lived.
Lorraine's early years were spent in the bustling neighborhoods of Chicago where she attended St. Constance Grade School, followed by Schurz High School. Her education laid a foundation for a life characterized by diligence and a strong work ethic. Lorraine concluded her professional journey at Jewel-Osco, where she brought joy and sweetness to many as a cherished member of the bake shop team.
Her family was the centerpiece of her life, and she was a devoted mother to her children: Rita Moon, Larry (Theresa) Psonak, Janet (Ed) Carlson, and Alan (Juanita) Psonak. Lorraine's legacy extends to her 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, each of whom she adored with all her heart. Though she was preceded in death by her brother Edward Muza, and sisters Rita and Ann Muza, the bonds of family love remained strong and ever-present in her life.
Beyond her immediate family, Lorraine was once married to Robert Psonak, who has also since passed away. Together, they shared life's complexities and joys.
Lorraine's zest for life was evident in her involvement with various social and leisure activities. She was a melodious member of the Canaries Singing Group, where her voice added harmony and brightness to many gatherings. Her strategic mind often shone through during spirited games at the Cribbage Club and lively sessions of Bingo, where she was a known and beloved figure. Additionally, Lorraine found joy in the thrilling races at Arlington Park, which she enjoyed with family and friends.
Those who were fortunate enough to know Lorraine will remember her as the epitome of loving, kind, and thoughtful. Her presence was a comforting embrace to friends and family alike, and her absence will be deeply felt by all. Her spirit, characterized by her generosity and warm-heartedness, will continue to inspire those she has left behind.
Lorraine's life journey may have come to a close, but the stories of her kindness, the echoes of her laughter, and the memories of her unwavering love will continue to resonate through the generations. As we bid farewell to Lorraine Thomas, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a soul that will forever enrich the lives of those she touched.