Lorna Kranzler Kellison, 92, died October 5, 2010, of heart failure in Pendleton, Oregon. The graveside service was held October 11, 2010, at Mount Hope Cemetery, College Place, Washington.
Lorna was born March 11, 1918, in Ashley, North Dakota, to Johann and Friedricka Zimmerman Kranzler. In 1923, she traveled with her family in an immigrant train car with all their belongings to a farm near Fallon, Montana. She worked alongside her family operating seeding and harvesting equipment. She spoke of the dust bowl and the runs on banks during the Depression.
Lorna attended all German-speaking schools until she went to high school in Mildred, Montana, where she stayed in a cabin with her brother, Richard, during the school week. She was the center for her basketball team because she was the tallest girl. In her senior year, she attended Mount Ellis Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school, near Bozeman, Montana, graduating in 1937.
It was there that she met a brother of one of her friends – Walter Phillip Kellison. They were married at camp meeting at Mount Ellis Academy on June 30, 1939.
They first lived in Bear Canyon near Bozeman and then moved to Billings, Montana, where their daughter, Patricia Lee was born. A few years later
they moved to Beach, North Dakota, to work on a sheep ranch, where their son, Stephen LeRoy was born. Later, they moved to the Kranzler farm to help with the work and then to Bozeman to do construction work and continued to work both places. They also lived up Bridger Canyon where they built several homes.
In 1976, they moved to the Spokane area and built a home across the road from Steve’s family. Lorna especially enjoyed having her grandchildren nearby. Due to Walter’s deteriorating health, in 1994 they moved to College Place to be closer to Patti and her family. Lorna was a homemaker and lived by herself in her home for 16 years.
While Lorna’s children were in college, she returned to school and became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked many years at the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
Survivors include her daughter Patti (Rudy) Rittenbach, Pendleton, Oregon; son Steve (Samantha Ivie) Kellison, Lakeside, Oregon; Susan Kellison, College Place, Washington; grandchildren: Dusty (Lisa Winslow) Rittenbach, Medford, Oregon; Wendy (Jerry) Harris, Castle Valley, Utah; Rory (Amber) Rittenbach, Pendleton, Oregon; Heide (John) Wilson, Grants Pass, Oregon; Cody (Denise) Kellison, College Place, Washington; and seven great-grandchildren – Heidi and Kayla Harris; Taya and Mariah Kellison; and Daven, Kilee, and Aubree Wilson; sister-in-law Virginia Kranzler, Terry, Montana; nieces: Darlene (John) Kelley, Redmond, Oregon; and Lois Ann (Bill) Bloom, Martha’s Vineyard, California; nephews: Delwin (Joy) Kranzler, Plentywood, Montana; and Tim (Diane) Ehman, Fallon, Montana.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Walter Kellison in 1995; her sister, Hildegard Ehman and her brother, Richard Kranzler.
Published Oct. 13, 2010