Lorraine Mochal

Lorraine Marie Mochal (Kisting)

Monday, September 19th, 1927 - Friday, September 20th, 2019
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Lorraine M. Mochal, 92, of Independence, IA died Friday, September 20, 2019 at Buchanan County Health Center.

Lorraine was born on September 19, 1927 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the daughter of John H. “Jack” and Edna H. (Bell) Kisting. She was raised in rural Wauzeka, WI, living above the Niland Ridge Cheese Factory which her parents operated. Born with an ethic of hard work, Lorraine began driving a truck and picking up milk cans from patrons at age twelve. She attended a one room schoolhouse in Crawford County and graduated from Boscobel High School in 1944 at the age of sixteen. She then moved to Dubuque, IA where she worked for several years as a secretary for Interstate Power Company. It was there that she met the love of her life, John L. Mochal and they were married on June 24, 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wauzeka, WI. Lorraine worked as a secretary while John attended Medical School at the University of Iowa. After John received his Medical Degree, they made their home in Independence, IA in 1956. John opened a medical practice located above the Security State Bank building, and Lorraine was his assistant, doing everything from paperwork to helping with medical procedures. In 1958, when their first child arrived, she became a full time mom and she and John raised four children.

She loved volunteering in many ways in Independence. She was involved in the Buchanan County Medical Auxiliary since 1958 in many different roles including secretary, vice-president and two terms as president. She was chairperson of the Medical Auxiliary dinner dances (an annual fund raising event) and spent countless hours planning the event and helping to decorate the Gayla Ballroom before each dance. She served on the Board of Directors and as District Counselor for the Iowa Medical Society Auxiliary, and as a District Advisor for the Iowa Hospital Association.

She was involved in the People's Hospital Auxiliary as president, vice president for fund raising, bylaws chair, nominating chair, publicity chair, and worked in the Gift Shop, Wellness Clinic, Immunization Clinics and volunteered at the Nursing Care Center washing and setting hair for the elderly. Most recently she served as parliamentarian for the Buchanan County Health Center Auxiliary.

Lorraine took a leading role in the formation of the hospice program in Independence in 1983 and served for many years on the Board of Directors and as the Public Relations Director. She has been involved in fund raising efforts and on committees for many years. In her final illness, Cedar Valley Hospice provided care to her and her family and she experienced the fulfillment of the vision that she worked toward all those years.

She was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence. She served as the Chairman of St. John’s Parish Council and on the Finance Board of the Church. She was a member of the Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of America. For several years she was on the Board of Directors for the Conestoga Council for the Girl Scouts of America and a troop leader in Independence. She was a member of the Red Hats, and PEO. In 1989 she was recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce for her devotion to volunteering throughout the community.

Lorraine's greatest passion was her family. She loved to cook and made everyone feel welcome at her table. No one went away hungry! She made holidays special, especially Christmas, with her thoughtful gifts and preparation. Lorraine is survived by her three daughters; Sandra “Sandy” (Robert) Thalmann, Rochester, MN; Shelly (Allan “Rusty”) Reck, Winthrop, IA; and Candace (Doug) Nickerson, Cedar Falls, IA; her daughter-in-law, Kelli Mochal, Hazleton, IA; eleven grandchildren: Stormy, Andrew, Matthew, Jacob and Lucas Mochal, Jonathan Thalmann, Brent Reck, Michelle McBride, Lauren, Nolan, and Colin Nickerson; eight great grandchildren; her sister Marilyn Viger, Slidell, LA; two sisters-in-law; Susan (Fred) Clarke, Lakewood, CO; Delores Kisting West Bend, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John “Jack” and Edna Kisting; her husband of fifty-four years, Dr. John L. Mochal; her son, Douglas Mochal; and her brother, Robert Kisting.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday September 25, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop, IA, with Rev. Michael Graham presiding. Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Independence, IA. Visitation will be held from 4 PM until 7:30 PM with a Rosary at 4 PM, and a Parish Vigil Service at 7:30 PM on Tuesday September 24, 2019 at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, IA.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:30pm
    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:30pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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    A Rosary will be said at 4 PM and a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 PM on Tuesday
  • Service

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Winthrop
    555 1st St. South
    WINTHROP, IA 50682
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  • Interment

    St. John's Catholic Cemetery
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  • Reception

    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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Sue Hurda

Posted at 03:18pm
Our sympathy to your family from the family of Bill and Ardith Sander. They have both passed now also, but we remember growing up next to the cheese factory and spending time with Lorraine's family when you were up to visit. Lots of good times on Niland Ridge with all of the Kisting family.

Sheila chappelle

Posted at 11:40pm
Sending condolences to you Candace and your family in the loss of your mom. May the Lord continue to comfort you and bring you peace.

Tammy Hoover Pink

Posted at 06:17pm
My mom handed down to me, her copy of the cookbook that the Kisting family had published. How fortunate I am to have many of the favorite recipes from the legendary cook, Mrs. Mochal! Please accept my family’s condolences for the loss of your mother. She was a great role model who many admired and will remember.

Robin Grover

Posted at 03:46pm
Our Class of 82 would like to send sympathies to you Candy, and your family. The loss of a loved one is one of the hardest things to bear in life. May you know others care & are thinking of you. May you be filled with peace and memories, as the days she lived were filled with much beauty. RIP Lorraine.

Robert E Hill

Posted at 02:28pm
Shelly please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom. May God provide you and your family comfort and strength during this difficult time. Bob Hill

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