Lorraine Virginia Schreiber
4 March, 1927 – 21 September, 2021
After a struggle with declining health, Lorraine Virginia Schreiber, age 94, passed away on September 21, 2021, at The Shores of Lake Phalen in Maplewood, MN, with her husband Fred (Fritz) Schreiber at her side.
Since her birth in St. Paul on March 4, 1927, she shared her love with those around her, especially her family. She was born to Joseph and Mary Schmitz in St. Paul, MN, the third of four children. She attended Monroe High School and worked at the Minnesota Office of the American Legion where she met her future husband Fred. After their marriage on June 2, 1950, they lived in St. Paul for a year while Fred finished his senior year at Hamline University. Fred taught at Forest Lake before finally settling back in St. Paul. Fred taught at Henry Sibley High School for thirty-five years. Lorraine worked some years as a teacher’s aide at Hope Lutheran Church’s daycare, and she volunteered countless hours helping her husband with school-related requests.
Throughout her years, Lorraine showed a tenacious devotion to her family and enjoyed any chance she had to spend time with them playing games. As a young girl Lorraine designed, hand-colored, and clothed her own extensive set of paper dolls for herself and friends. Later she expanded her “clientele” to include her children and grandchildren. Lorraine also scripted and drew her own set of original comic strips. She was a talented artist and passed her creativity on to her children.
Nearly forty years ago Lorraine surprised her family and friends with her interest in Dungeons and Dragons. Over the next four decades she became the family’s ultimate “dungeon master.” Her dungeons, creative and challenging, used many of her hand-painted miniature figures which remain a testament to her care and meticulous artistry. Lorraine finished each game with a detailed narrative that exhibited her writing talents and remain a pleasure to read.
Of many family-related highlights Lorraine enjoyed were the family vacations at Fehr’s Resort on Lake Washburn near Outing, MN. Over the course of 35 years, a one-cabin, one-family rental grew until many family members spanning four generations occupied five cabins.
Left to honor Lorraine are her husband Fritz, her four children, Mark (Cindy) Schreiber, John (Marilyn) Schreiber, Kathryn (Keith) Voss, and James Schreiber; five grandchildren; Autumn (Nathan) Hubbell, Jacob (Abby Spott) Schreiber, Anne Schreiber, Susan (Guy Wagner) Voss, and Daniel Voss; her two great-grandchildren Wilder and Micah Hubbell, her brother Donald Schmitz of Gordon, WI, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents and her two older brothers William and Robert.
Lorraine is remembered as a creative, energetic, and caring person. When asked how she stayed looking so young at 94 years of age, Lorraine smiled and replied, “Laughter.”
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, October 7 at 11:00am at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Paul with a luncheon following. The family will greet friends from 10-11:00am. Attendees are asked to please wear masks. A private family burial will later take place at Elmhurst Cemetery in St. Paul.
The Schreiber family extends its gratitude to all the staff at The Shores of Lake Phalen and Hospice for their care for Lorraine in her final days. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lorraine’s name to Hope Lutheran Church in St. Paul.
Wulff Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Lorraine may be shared at www.WulffFuneralHome.com.
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20 October 2021
I was fortunate to get to know Lorraine through friendships with her daughter Kathy and son Jamie during my late teens. I have fond memories of visits to Fehr’s Resort on Lake Washburn with the Schreiber family. At one of these visits, I was introduced to Lorraine’s artistry when she provided coloring book sessions in the cabin to all those interested, which included the use of high-quality Prismacolor colored pencils and a wide variety of coloring books. I recently received a set of Prismacolor pencils as a gift and will think of Lorraine whenever I use them. Her creativity was also shown through her role as Dungeon Master as she created each dungeon sketched out on graph paper for an adventure with our character players. Lorraine always made me feel welcome and I enjoyed her sense of fun and adventure. My deepest sympathy to Fred and all the Schreiber family.
9 October 2021
I was priviledged to get to know Fred and Lorraine through my friendship with their younger children, Kathy and Jamie. As nerdy teens/early 20-somethings, we got into playing Dungeons and Dragons. It was truly remarkable how Lorraine and Fred jumped into that activity with us! It certainly wasn't something the rest of our parents would have done. Lorraine, in particular, jumped into the activity with gusto and often served as our "dungeon master." It didn't hurt that we often got some homemade cookies or other treats during our get togethers. Yum.
She was a marvel. I am grateful to have known her. My heartfelt condolences to all who mourn her passing, especially Fred, their children and grandchildren. May joyful memories of her sustain you through your loss. God bless you.
8 October 2021
Memories unique for me of Mom:
Singing “Tura Lura Lural” when I was very young at bedtime.
I knew she was mad when she said, “I have a bone to pick with you.”
Always greeting me when I came in the back door coming home from Hazel Park. I asked her how she knew when I was coming and she told me she always watched for me and could see me in the alley as I passed the Anderson’s garage.
Making great bag lunches while attending Hamline University. And sometimes including notes like Have a Great Day. They made lunch more special for me.
Coloring Christmas pictures with Mom. and watching a Master at work transforming black and white drawings into beautiful color.
Always encouraging me to pursue art. I could never color as well as Mom but I can paint fairly well. She could draw which I still cannot do. Whenever I paint I think of Mom and look for improvements. She was a perfectionist which sometimes inhibited her painting efforts . But she encouraged me to paint and though I too am more perfectionist than impressionist I have learned when to end a painting and enjoy it. And I thank her for this special gift.
Crying when she broke a Sphinx moth I had mounted for drying . I had placed it on the old TV we had in the living room both to help dry it (those old TV’s were pretty hot) and keep it away from our cats. She was dusting and dropped the wooden mount. Mom always took much interest and pride in her children’s hobbies. I remember telling her not to worry about it as I would catch another one some day.
Mom was a meticulous cleaner. My basement bedroom had many shelves filled with rocks, military models of all sorts, many books and even a snake skin of two. I discovered one day that my Aurora Spider-Man model was really nice looking. But Ka Zar’s ray gun was loose. I went upstairs and Mom told me casually that the gun had come loose while she was washing the dust off. I said okay and checked to find all models cleaned.
8 October 2021
Not a memory but a thought or vision I hope those who experienced Mom's enjoyment of Dungeons and Dragons can appreciate. Picturing this in my mind gladdens my heart while also generating tears.
The intrepid group numbered over a dozen including Ohre, Tor, Algora, Sarna and Jessella. Dax, though hampered by his bad leg, kept pace as they moved forward.
At their front walked three of the most experienced: wise Sif, brave Thendara, and fun-loving Breiga with Alea at her side.
They followed a solitary figure with raven hair and a heart forever young. Vanda, with morning star in hand and Morgan at her side, led the way into a new adventure.
29 September 2021
Mom Schreiber was more than a mother-in-law to me. She was like a second mother since my mom passed away 26 years ago. We had great heart-to-heart talks – nothing was off limits. She showed such love and caring to all her family, including in-laws. And she taught me how to be a better mom to our daughter. Her insights and creativity inspired and humbled me as I observed the time she gave unselfishly to play with her grandchildren. And her “feisty” spirit, right up to the end, will always be an example to me. I miss her so very much.
24 September 2021
Lorraine or “Mom” was a wonderful role model. Her marriage and love for Dad was a step above devotion.I couldn’t ask for a better “mother -in-law”. She was always so welcoming to everyone who entered her life. Always willing to get down on the floor and play with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a wonderful listener and had a kindness to others whoever they were. Lorraine enjoyed playing games and was always so creative in all she did. She was beautiful inside and out. Lorraine “Mom” you will be missed.
Your Daughter in law,