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Lorraine Gosselin Eichorn

October 18, 1943April 15, 2021
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Marie Lise Lorraine Gosselin Eichorn (Lorraine), age 77, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, early Thursday, April 15, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Melissa Lewis (Dary) of Southport, NC; daughter-In-Law, Debra Eichorn of Sunset Harbor, NC; grandchildren, Linsy Abernethy (Quentin) of Town Creek, NC, Thomas Eichorn of Charlotte, NC, Jamie Stephens (Jason) of Elizabeth City, NC; five great-grandchildren, Alsacia, Emily, Natalie, Jackson and Harlan; one great-great-grandchild, Arya; two brothers, Denis Gosselin and Paul-Henri Gosselin of Canada; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilfred Gosselin and Yvonne Provencher; her husband of 50 years, James Eichorn; her son, Jason Eichorn; siblings; Émile Fontaine, Doris Landry, Maurice Fontaine, Thérèse Langlois, Jeanne Harnois, Huguette (Auore) Blouin, Daniel Gosselin and Diane Isabelle. Lorraine was born on October 18, 1943 in Quebec. Growing up in Canada, some of her favorite past times included ice skating in the backyard, learning new dances with her neighborhood friends and singing in the choir, even though the Nuns told her she needed to just lip sync. An avid learner, she would go on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Business College. She would later remind us of this accomplishment frequently.

At the ripe age of 18, she was swept off of her feet by a handsome US Army soldier, James. He wooed her with letters asking her to, “send me the pillow that you dream on”. She later asked her mother if she could honor his request and was quickly denied. She eventually found out that those sweet words were the lyrics to a popular country song, but they sure did work. She married her “Honey” in July 1962 in Lévis, Canada and they grew their little family to include a bouncing baby boy and precious little girl. James worked as a brick mason while Lorraine climbed the ladder to the position of Administrator at J.A. Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, NC. She worked in the medical field all of her life but most notably retired after 31 years with Wilmington Health.

Throughout her life, Lorraine never met a stranger. She loved to laugh and try to repeat jokes to others, often getting the punchline incorrect, she then would laugh even harder until her “eyes were crying”. She enjoyed cooking for her family and they sure appreciated all of the spaghetti, mashed “po-da-toes” and long macaroni. The table was not completely set until the bread and butter were present. Oh, and don’t forget something “sweet”. She spent many nights laughing and playing Pichenotte or card games at the dining room table with family and friends. She loved Saturday shopping trips with Margaret, June Faye, Ann and many others. Boy did she like to talk! Not just in English either. She would often answer the phone in English just to quickly giggle and start speaking french and try to translate to everyone in the room. The best part was when she would get it all mixed-up, which almost always ended with an, “I declare!”. Lorraine loved life. She loved her family and her friends. She will truly be missed!

A funeral is scheduled for 5pm Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Coble Ward Funeral Chapel, 1155 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC. Reception to follow the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lorraine's life. The family requests that those who wish to visit in the days prior to the funeral service to please visit at the home of Dary and Melissa Lewis, 7 Casper Rd, in Southport.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • Catered Reception

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Gaynell Carmack

April 22, 2021

I met Lorraine at WH, I worked in med. records. She was a sweet, sweet, funny person. She will be greatly missed. My sympathies go out to her whole family

Debra Coston

April 22, 2021

Lorraine, as the Administrator of Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, gave me my first job as a telephone operator and then receptionist in the emergency room. She was my friend and much like my sister. The first time I went to Canada with her, I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my foot. She just laughed at me because I had to spend all of our vacation time on crutches. She laughed a lot and we spent lots of time together over my life span. I remember going over to her house at Christmas to help with Santa and then to midnight mass and meat pies after church. We had a blast. Grew up with her children and she loved them so much. She was so excited over her grandchildren. I have so missed Jason, her son, and even spending time with Melissa, since she has grown and has her own family.
My condolences and sympathy and love to all the family. This last year has been so difficult with COVID and we lost opportunity to be involved as much as in the past. COVID definitely robbed many of our relationships. Will miss her greatly. God's speed, my friend. Love, Debra

Pat Clark

April 22, 2021

Lorraine was like a member of our family which began for her as a new bride in a new country. She has said to any one of us many times how mama (Blennie) was so helpful and supporting to her when she came to Leland/Winnabow from Quebec as Mrs. James Eichorn. And the family friendship continued as Daddy (Wayne) taught cousin James the art of bricklaying, that became his career. So the families were connected at work and play.

I recall the many nights she tutored me, Pat, as I learned French in college. She made it easy and successful for me. Lorraine was always upbeat and happy. And it was obvious that she loved her children and grandchildren.

Though I was able to talk to her on the phone several times over the past year, we have all missed her presence in that time period. And we had upcoming plans to visit with her. We know, now she is gone, that the emptiness will continue for us as well as her many friends and family. Repose en paix. The photos presented here have been very delightful and consoling.
Pat, Yvonne, Billy, Debra and Wayne

Luray Carroll

April 21, 2021

I am truly going to miss Lorraine. I used to love to talk to her on the phone and ride my motorcycle over to her house sometimes to see her after James died. We would laugh and giggle. She loved to pick at me about "the dangers of riding that motorcycle". Later on I would see her at Walmart and we would laugh some more and she would ask if I was on "that motorcycle". She always had a smile and a good sense of humor. I loved her French accent! Town Creek area will never be the same.

Cheryl Shew

April 19, 2021

Lorraine was a beautiful woman inside and out. I got to know her when I taught Jason and Melissa. I taught them French, and she visited my classes to talk about her upbringing in Quebec. She was also an office administrator in Dr.Wallin's office. The last time I saw Lorraine was in the parking lot of Walmart, and she wanted us to do lunch.

Linda Houser

April 19, 2021

I remember the most when Lorraine and her family had moved to Texas the same time we moved here, We did not work we stayed home with our kids and Lorraine and I and kids would go shopping at Ridgemar Mall in Fort Worth we had great times shopping eating out and just having fun. I was sorry to see them leave Texas when they did but I know they wanted to go back home. Lorraine was the most fun person to spend time with. We will all miss her smile and her personality, may she rest in peace. Love you Lorraine.

Firozi Alercia

April 18, 2021

Melissa, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Lorraine was a great co worker, and I will always cherish my happy memories of her. Her "I declare" in her "French Southern" accent always made everyone around her smile and appreciate her sense of humor!
Keeping you all in my prayers,
Firozi Alercia.

Martha Rabon-Robinson

April 17, 2021

Melissa and Family, I am sorry for your loss and pray for strength and comfort for all of you. Lorraine was a fun-loving lady and she and I shared lots of shopping/eating trips. Often, she would call and say, “you want to ride to Long Beach (never OI) and get a little ice cream?’ I have missed those times and I am sure that you have too. By now she has probably asked Jason “where is the dessert table?” She loved all of you, she loved Canada and her family there. Many a time she told me that her mom had 12 babies and often talked about her brother Paul. May God bless each of you with memories of all the good times that you had with Lorraine.

Betty LaCock

April 17, 2021

She was a very special person to me. We worked together for 17 yrs and she was a very hard worker and always loved her family at WHA. She just love shopping with her daughter and you can see the love she had. RIP my dear friend!!! Love you Betty

Morry Watkins

April 16, 2021

Melissa and Family,
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Your Mom was a very special lady and will really be missed.

Morry and Linda Watkins

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