Loraine E. Kolbet

loraine kolbet
Loraine E. Kolbet, age 95, of New Hampton, IApassed away peacefullyon Sunday, February 6, 2011 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center. Loraine Eva Kolbet was born on March 26, 1915 to Michael and Theresa (Peske) Burgart on a farm near North Washington, IA. She attended and graduated from St. Marys School in North Washington in 1932. On June 5, 1939 Loraine was united in marriage to Joseph Kolbet at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington. The couple farmed near Alta Vista until their retirement in 1985. Joseph and Loraine then moved to New Hampton. Loraine enjoyed music, gardening, crocheting, baking and cooking, sewing, attending mass at the hospital, the hospitality following mass, cards and games along with bus trips. Her family was her greatest love. Loraine was a member of Holy Family Parish-St. Josephs Center, Holy Family Rosary Society, St. Josephs Mixer and 2 to 4 Club. She is survived by her children Ken (Norma) Kolbet of Naperville, IL, Shirley (Gary) Fries of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Phyllis (Larry) Brown of New Hampton, Dale (Valerie) Kolbet of Alta Vista, Roger (Jean) Kolbet of New Hampton, Leon (Suellen) of New Hampton, and Joann (Tim) Throndson of Raleigh, NC; 22 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clayton (Mavis) Burgart and Vincent (Francella) Burgart both of New Hampton; two sisters-in-law, Elma Burgart of New Hampton and Geneva Kolbet of Osage, IA. Loraine was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joseph on January 11, 2003; one son, Ralph; her brothers, Raymond, Clarence and Marvin; her sisters, Adeline and Sarah; one great-grandson, Connor Fries. Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Holy Family Parish or St. Joseph's Catholic School at 202 North Broadway, New Hampton, Iowa 50659 or to charity of donor's choice. Cemetery: Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Alta Vista, IA. Visitation: Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 3:00-8:00 pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton with a Rosary at 4:00 pm and a Scriptural Wake Service at 5:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the mass on Thursday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Holy Family Parish-St. Josephs Center in New Hampton with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating.

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  1. Enjoyed getting to know Mrs. Kolbet at the Tuesday morning hospital masses. She was always very pleasant and we shared memories of her son Ken, who was my college classmate. Enjoyed meeting extended family members in New Hampton, Elma, and Alta Vista. She leaves behind a pretty neat clan. Visiting her next door to my aunt in the nursing home was always fun. Condolences to all the family.

  2. My deepest sympathy to the whole Kolbet Family
    for your loss of Loraine. Her longevity and family are truly a tribute to a life well-lived, and for those reasons, her life should be celebrated. May she contine to inspire your family and may God bless each of you.

  3. To all of our Kolbet friends, our deepest sympathy. We understand the loss of your mom; but know that now she is with your dad, watching you from heaven! Our prayers are with you. John & Zo

  4. To The Kolbet Family – Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you at this difficult time. Lorraine will be missed by all who knew her. Hold her memories close to your heart and know that she is enjoying her eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

  5. To the Kolbet family you have our deepesst sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  6. Dale, SueEllen and the rest of Lorraine’s family.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this hard time.
    When you all get together, remember all the good times you had with mom.
    Thinking of you all
    Mary Jane & Randy

  7. Ken and Norma,Sorry for the loss of your Mother, Ken,please extend our sympathy to the rest of your family.We are wondering if you were back from CA.
    Thanks for letting us know in FL

  8. our deepest sympathy goes out to the kolbet family. Wishing you peace during this difficult time.

  9. Our deepest sympathy to all of the Kolbet family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Cherish the memories you have of your mother and
    carry them into the future.

  10. Our deepest sympathy to all the Kolbet Family.
    Thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Louise and Donn Harris

  11. To all of Loraine’s family – our prayers and thoughts are with you – she was a wonderful lady – treasure the memories !

  12. We are so sorry we cannot be there in person to give each of you our condolences on the loss of your mom. You are in our thoughts and we are praying for good weather for you, so that all of your families will have a safe trip to NH for the services.

  13. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of the Kolbet family and pray that you find strength in your mother’s memories and in each other.

  14. You are all in our prayers. We will really miss Aunt Loraine as she was always a positive, happy person and truly enjoyed each visit from family and friends. God Bless You All! Sorry we can’t be there at this time.

  15. Dear Ken and Norma,
    You certainly have our sympathy, thoughts, and prayers.
    Give our condolences to your entire family.
    Kay and Marty

  16. Former Collegue of Brady’s – Amy and I are thinking of your during this time…thoughts and prayers with you…take care..Matt Salger

  17. Joann & Tim, you have our heartfelt sympathy. Please extend our condolences to the rest of your family.

  18. Joann and Family,
    Our sincere sympathies on the los of your Mom, Grandmom and Great Grandmom. May you cherish all your wonderful memories, and may she rest in peace. You are in our thoughts.

    Michelle, DSteve and Zach

  19. Loving prayers across the miles to Joann and her family from all of their friends in Raleigh at The Justice Theater Project.

  20. My deepest sympathy to all the family. Loraine and I went to school together and have been friends ever since. After we were married we lived neighbors and have been friends forever. I will miss her as I am sure all of the family and friends will too. She was a great gal—friend and neighbor and always there to help anyone—I will surely miss her and send my deepest sympathy to all the family. I am afraid I will not be able to come to the funeral—but thoughts and prayers are with you all—
    Love and Prayers —Sally Carney.

  21. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I have many memories from my youth of all my uncles and aunts. One memory of Loraine is from when I was probably around 10 years old and Vincent’s brothers and sisters and families were all at our house on a cold winter day. Loraine said, (and, by the way, I have quoted her many times), “When it comes to the weather in Iowa, we just take what we get.”

  22. Our deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Our sympathy to the entire Kolbet family for the loss of your mother and grandmother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. So sorry to learn of Loraine’s passing, and my sympathy to the Kolbet family. Loraine was a first cousin associated on the Burgart side…her mother and my father were brother and sister.

  25. To the entire Kolbet family,
    We wanted to extend our sympathy for your loss. We pray you can find comfort in the joy of knowing that your mother has been rejoined with her husband and more importantly with her Heavenly Father in heaven. She was a compassionate woman who loved her family. God bless you all.
    Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  26. To the Kolbet family, may the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.

  27. We are sorry to hear of your mom’s passing; it is so hard to let them go. We remember her coming to some of the bike trips and how she enjoyed everyone and the fun. Try and remember the good times; there were many and her beautiful faith is something to be admired. Our sincere sympathy to each of you and your families. Love and peace, Rollie and Diane Lieber, Wis Rapids

  28. Ken, Norma and the Kolbert family. So sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. She lived a long life and from what you have told us she enjoyed all of it with your many family get togethers. She will be missed but will always be in your memories.

    Gary & Diane Stibal

  29. Shirley, Gary and Famlies, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. You are in our prayers.

  30. We are sorry for the loss of your Mom, she was a great woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  31. Joann, Tim, Kristy & Emily, You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May peace be with you and your family. Stephen, Mary Grace, Max & Mathilde

  32. My sympathy to all of you ! Our families go back so many years! This is the first year I hadn’t heard from Loraine for many many years.
    Now she and Joe are together again!

    My prayers!

    Sr. Carol

  33. Roger–so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember an evening when we were in HS and she wondered why we were going to Chester MN.

  34. Our sincere sympathies on the los of your Mom. May you cherish all the wonderful memories and keep them close to your heart. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.


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  36. Dear Norma and Ken..WE are so sorry for your recent loss: it is never easy to say good bye to a parent and we always wish we coul d have them with us “just a little longer” WE are keeping you all in our prayers. Love Mary Ellen and Jim

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