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Lorraine A. Sawallish

December 30, 1943 — October 20, 2020

Lorraine (Lori) Alice Sawallish, 76, of Phillips, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Lori was born on December 30, 1943, in Brillion, Wisconsin, to Bernard and Sally Zeamer. She graduated from Brillion High School and then attend the University of Oshkosh where she met her husband, Wayne. Wayne and Lori married on July, 17, 1965, in Brillion.

Lori graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Lower Elementary Education and taught kindergarten and first grade in Berlin, WI, and then Phillips, WI. She taught school for 30 years and loved her job. She loved giving her students a great start and in particular, loved developing their creative minds, conducting plays and integrating music into their days. She always said that teaching was her calling.

In 1976 Lori and Wayne moved to Phillips, WI, where they operated a sport and tackle shop for 6 years while Lori taught at Phillips Elementary School.
Upon her retirement from teaching in 2004, Lori and Wayne traveled to all parts of the country and beyond - including the Bahamas, Hawaii, and Alaska. Lori also traveled to England and France with close friends. Lori and Wayne made numerous trips to Pennsylvania and Madison, WI, to spend time with her grandchildren as they grew from babies to young adults. She was an incredibly proud grandmother who enjoyed telling stories about the grandkids to her friends, neighbors, and anyone that would listen.
Her favorite past time was playing bridge several times a week with several groups that became good friends.

Lori is survived by her husband, Wayne; her daughter, Stacie Sawallish-Adkins (Indiana, PA); and her son, Trevor (Middleton, WI). She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren, Amanda, Brianna, Ian, Jonah, and Carissa; her two brothers, Lloyd Zeamer (Brillion) and Wilford Zeamer (Beaver Dam).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Sally.

Lori loved people and had the ability to strike up a conversation with anyone. She loved her family, her friends, and more than anything loved to laugh and could always find a reason to do just that. She is greatly loved and will be very much missed.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 103 Trinity Dr, Phillips, WI, 54555, with Pastor Scott Holoubek officiating. A visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. and continue until the time of the service at the church. Heindl-Nimsgern Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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