Lorraine Christle, 92, died April 30, 2021 at her home in West Covina, CA. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2021 at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas with a private burial at Riverside National Cemetery.
Lorraine Frances (Niehoff) Christle was born in St. James, MN to Lawrence and Louise (Boor) Niehoff. The family moved to New Ulm in 1941 where she graduated from New Ulm High School, Class of 1946. On November 11, 1946 she was united in marriage to Marvin B. Christle.
She is survived by daughters, Sharon Faust of Chino Hills, CA and Audrey (Dan) Miller of West Covina, CA; grandchildren, Sara, Donovan, Clementine, Ryan and Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Rowan, Neven, Aspen and Alder; sister, Mary Lou Pischke of Glendora, CA and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin “Barney” Christle; daughter, Deborah Taylor; sons, Randy and Scott Christle; son-in-law, Don Faust; brothers, James and Charles Niehoff; sisters, Phyllis Domeier, Elaine Roiger (her twin), and Margaret Forster; sister-in-law, Shirley Niehoff; brothers-in-law, Lester Domeier, Donald Roiger and DuWayne Pischke.
Lorraine was a resident of Duarte for 25 years and Carlsbad for 31 years, moving to West Covina in 2015 to be closer to family. She was a homemaker and mother of five who was very involved in her community. As a member of the Andres Duarte PTA, she served as the 1961-1962 President and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. She was also a long-standing member of the Duarte Woman’s Club where she was the 1976-1977 President and was named “Woman of the Year” in 1978. She was appointed to the City of Duarte Planning Commission from 1978-1984. She also spent many years working in the family restaurant business with her husband Barney and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
In 1984, Lorraine and Barney moved to Carlsbad where they enjoyed their retirement taking trips with their HMC motorhome club, riding dune buggies in Glamis, and traveling all around the United States visiting family and friends… many of them Army buddies and their wives who had become life-long friends of theirs.
While in Carlsbad, Lorraine was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where for 20+ years she was very active in the life of the parish. She participated in many of their 6-week Bible Study programs, belonged to the Small Church Community Group and was very involved in the annual Woman’s Tea. Doing all types of auxiliary work for whatever the need, be it community outreach, fundraising, a food drive, or clothing and blanket collections, Lorraine was always willing to answer the call to help others.
Lorraine belonged to the “Rancho Carlsbad Choristers” who performed two fantastic shows a year and she was an extremely talented artist of oil and watercolor painting. She entered her artwork at the annual Art Show held at Rancho Carlsbad, earning several 1st Place awards. She also had fun giving painting demonstrations to those in attendance. Over the years, Lorraine gifted countless members of her family, friends and associates with her paintings, so it is especially heartwarming to know that she will be remembered through her art that hangs in so many different places all across this beautiful country that she and Barney loved so much.