Lorraine D. Van Vark, age 78, of La Porte City, died Friday, April 8, 2016 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
She was born March 1, 1938 in Rodman, Iowa the daughter of Carl and Velma Gilbert Lenz. Lorraine graduated from Rodman High School with the Class of 1956. She was united in marriage with Theodore “Ted” Rasmussen in July 1957 and the couple later divorced. She married Ronald W. Shissler on November 4, 1971 in Des Moines, Iowa and he preceded her in death on May 8, 1988. Later in life, she married Glen Van Vark and they later divorced after 10 years of marriage.
In early years, Lorraine worked as a keypunch operator and also in the banking industry. She was a longtime homemaker and enjoyed gardening and time spent with family. She was a member of the La Porte City Garden Club and the Knit Club.
Survivors include her 4 children, Dodie Lynn of Shoreline, WA, Ron (Monica) Shissler of Everett, WA, Kris Hart of Elkhart, IN and Bruce (Denise) Rasmussen of Earlham, IA; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Gary (Gisela) Lenz of Del Rio, TX, Mary Bruhn of Caldwell, ID, Susan Burch of La Porte City, Wayne (Janice) Lenz of Boise, ID and Bob (Peggy) Lenz of Rockford, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons, Ronald and Donald Rasmussen; a daughter, Kathleen Rasmussen; 4 sisters, including her twin sister, Lois Peterson, Jeanne Larson, Judy Tisdale and Joanne Tripp and 2 brothers, Rich and Don Lenz.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main Street, with burial in West View Cemetery in La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, April 11 and an hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to La Porte City Garden Club or the American Lung Association. Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com