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Lorraine Oman, 89 - December 17, 2008


Lorraine Oman, 89, of Gothenburg died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Long-Term Care.
Services were held on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Banner United Methodist Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Janie Freeman officiating. Burial took place at the Farnam Cemetery.
Oman was born on Dec. 12, 1918, at Lincoln. When she was 4 years old, she was adopted by Dr. A.E. and Maude Reeves, and joined a brother, Richard, in their home at Farnam.
She attended school at Farnam and graduated in 1936. While in high school, she took Normal Training to become a teacher, and upon graduation attended summer school at Kearney State Teacher College.
In the fall after her education at Kearney State, she taught school at Sunflower College, a country school southwest of Farnam. She continued in that position for three years, where she was loved by her students, said family members.
While she was teaching, she met and fell in love with Kenneth Oman of Gothenburg. The couple were united in marriage on June 18, 1939, at her parents’ home in Farnam. To this union, two daughters were born, Jenelle and Pamela.
Oman, along with her first daughter Jenelle, followed her husband to Fort Hood, TX, where he received infantry training before being shipped to the European Theater of Word War II and the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning from the war, the couple’s second daughter, Pamela, was born.
The family began farming on the Oman family farm in 1948, south of Gothenburg, and began attending the Banner Methodist Church.
?She and her husband enjoyed traveling the United States and taking his artwork from his retirement hobby to statewide fairs and art competitions.
?Oman was a member of the Banner Methodist Church, the Gothenburg VFW Auxiliary, the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and a volunteer for Reach for Recovery for Breast Cancer patients.
She enjoyed gathering roses from her garden to take to friends at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital, according to family members.
Oman was preceded in death by: her parents; a brother; her husband, Kenneth in 1999; a son-in-law, Bernie in 2006.
Survivors include: her daughters—Jenelle Larson of Gothenburg, and Pamela (Doug) Deterding of Kearney; six grandchildren—Pat Larson, Jill Ostergard, Justin (Tara) Larson, Shannon (Cheryl) Knaub, Beth (Marc) Bauer, and Christi (Dave) Tighe; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Memorials are suggested to the Banner Methodist Church, Breast Cancer Awareness or donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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