Lorraine Doris Kieda

September 7, 1931January 1, 2021

Lorraine D. Kieda, age 89 of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly on January 1, 2021. Lorraine was born in Grand Rapids on September 7, 1931 to Lon & Matilda (Hoffert) Wirt.

She worked for Steketee’s Department Store as a cosmetics consultant.

Lorraine was a woman of great faith and was active in her church home of Immanuel Lutheran where she sang in the choir and was an active volunteer. She sewed lap quilts and donated them to area hospitals as well as generously donating her blood helping countless lives in her community.

Lorraine was a talented artist and painter.

Most importantly, Lorraine was a mother, grandmother, and a child of God. Her loving and generous spirit and her faith will forever remain her legacy as she is missed by all who knew her.

Lorraine is survived by her children: Alan (Alyson) Kieda, Daniel (Jean) Kieda, Janet (Saleem) Durvesh, and Sharon (Rick) Vandekopple; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Aloysius Kieda, in 2013, her cousin Dorothy Schulz, and her parents.

A private service will be held at Lorraine’s church home, and she will be buried next to her husband and mother in Fairplains Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church.


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Janet Durvesh

January 6, 2021

Not only was she my great Mom, she became a great friend. We shared many fun times in the last few years. My husband also loved her like his own Mom, who has long ago passed away. We went on a trip to Macanaw island few years ago & my husband, Saleem thought she’d especially love to go. We stayed overnight at a wonderful Victorian Bed & Breakfast one of her friends ran. The name of which escapes me. She hadn’t been to the Island for quite a while. Always with my Dad. She enjoyed seeing the Island again.
We also just enjoyed Sunday visits where we’d simply read the paper& watch tv. Play Yahtzee or do puzzles. Always taking turns to make dinner. Or just get pizza.
I’ll miss her.

Nancy Wittkopp

January 5, 2021

I met your parents at west Michigan Lutheran Chorale and went to Europe with them and the choir in 2001. We ate together in German restaurants and tried to figure out the menus. Your parents visited my home in Muskegon and took some of my grapes. We sat on the deck and I really enjoyed them. Your mom was a beautiful person and I will miss her. We will see her again. God bless you at this time.

Mark Swanson

January 4, 2021

All my thoughts and sympathy to Dan, Alan and Janet! Your Mother was a real sweetheart, and she was always so interested in hearing about what I was up to and so kind. She always remembered me, even after many years in between our visits.
I am really sorry to hear about her passing and I hope I can tell you in person sometime soon! All my love to you all.