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Lorraine Catherine Waldeck

Obituary for Lorraine Catherine Waldeck

April 1, 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Lorraine Catherine Waldeck, of Philadelphia, passed away on April 1st, 2020, at the age of 90. Lorraine was the daughter of the late Martha (nee Bradney) and Harry Arlington Raudenbush. Lorraine is predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Elmer W. Waldeck, her sisters, Mary and Martha Raudenbush, her brothers, Hank and Wesley Raudenbush, as well as her daughter, Dr. Kathleen Waldeck VMD (Morris), her sons, Bruce Waldeck (Debra) and Kenneth Waldeck, and granddaughter, Jennifer Conard. Lorraine is survived by an impressive legacy that begins with her sister and best friend, Laura "Babe" Sidman, along with her daughter, Valorie Conard (Tom) and her son, Glen Waldeck (Dolores). Lorraine will be lovingly remembered by her 10 grandchildren: Amy, Michelle, Joseph, Rafe, Katrina, Tarah, Ariel, Shane, Holly, and Benjamin. She will also be greatly missed by her 20 great-grandchildren: Lauren, Danielle, Justin, Frankie, Johnny, Riley, Emma, Joey, Nathan, Isabella, Samantha, Alexis, Colyn, Dustin, Chase, Sybrea, Taylor, Sophia, Nathan, and Peter as well as her great-great-grandson: Matthew.

Being a wife, mother, grandparent, great-grandparent, and great-great-grandparent, brought great pride to Lorraine. Her family was her world. With each addition, her world grew larger and there was only that much more joy to be added into her life. Her dedication and her love for her family was rivaled only by her ambition for adventure. Lorraine and Elmer loved camping and would travel all over just to see and experience new places. She would often tell stories of how they would go for long drives and randomly pick which turns to take just to see where it led them. One of their favorite destinations were French Creek and the Poconos, which she would playfully refer to as, "Waldeck Mountain." She would often reflect upon and share memories about their time spent there. Eventually those travels also led them to Elkview Shores in Earlville, Maryland. This unassuming seasonal campground quickly became a second home for the entire family during the summer months. With long established bonds over the years, the fellow campers at Elkview Shores also became friends and family that Lorraine looked forward to seeing year after year.

Lorraine worked at Sears as a sorter between the years 1946 and 1949 where she then took a hiatus to raise her family. She later returned to Sears working various positions between the years 1972 and 1989. She then retired to spend more time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She loved her job at Sears and always talked fondly of it and the people she worked with. Lorraine's co-workers enjoyed her cheery disposition and willingness to help others and missed her when she retired. This is a good testament of how Lorraine's "BE HAPPY!" philosophy on life was infectious and how she always left a good impression on people wherever she went.

Lorraine was also a lifelong parishioner of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church of Rockledge, PA. She was very involved in many church organizations and charities over the years. She will always be remembered for her love and expertise in baking delicious cakes and pies. Lorraine's Apple Sauce Raisin Cake and Cherry Cheese Pie were always neighborhood favorites.

Relatives and friends are invited to reach out to the Waldeck family during this time. Please share a story, memory, or experience you've had with Lorraine. Due to current restrictions, Lorraine's Life Celebration Memorial Service will be held at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church (205 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046) at a later date.

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Philadelphia, PA 19111
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