Lorayne V. Koll

Lorayne V. Koll age 98, of Rock Rapids, IA died Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth, MN.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12th at Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, with Reverend Alex Sloter officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Friday, November 11th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., with the family present at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, which is in charge of the arrangements for Lorayne Koll.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Peace Lutheran Church of Rock Rapids.


Lorayne Virginia Koll was born January 13, 1924, at her family farm near Lester, Iowa, the daughter of Louis H. and Rose C. (Moeller) Winterfeld. She was raised and attended rural school near Lester and graduated from Lester High School in 1942.

After high school, Lorayne worked at VanderWelt Hospital in Rock Rapids, during this time she met Howard Koll, after 6 months of going together they were united in marriage. They moved to the family farm and farmed from 1946 to 1962 when they moved to Rock Rapids Iowa.  Lorayne worked at various restaurants in the area such as Hesses café, Two Brothers and Lyons Den.  She also worked at JcPenneys and Merrill Pioneer Hospital all in Rock Rapids.

On June 4, 1986, Lorayne’s husband of 40 years, Howard died. She remained working at Merrill Pioneer Hospital until age 78, when she retired.

She was a long time member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, participating in Women’s Circle and later she became a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids. She was also a past member of the VFW auxiliary. As a young mom she was a member of the Busy 6, a group of friends who had several young children to keep them busy. Lorayne’s pride and joy were her children. She was always there for her family, rejoicing, grieving and encouraging and praying for them. She was a “mama bear” for her children and grandchildren, very proud of each and every one of them. She admired her daughters-in-laws and son-in-law. She especially enjoyed welcoming each of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren into the family. She worked very hard through the years preserving the family gatherings, such as the holidays. She always enjoyed a good cup of coffee and gathering in the kitchen.

In May of 2022 she entered the Rock Rapids Health Care Centre and in October of 2022 she entered Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth, MN, where she remained until her death this past Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

She is survived by her six children, Eugene (wife Nancy) Koll of Des Moines, IA, Kurtis (wife Sallie) Koll of Lawton, OK, Randy (wife Kandi) Koll of Rock Rapids, IA, Mark (wife Pat) Koll of Sioux Falls, SD, Scott (wife Linda) Koll of Rock Rapids, IA and Kristi (husband Jon) Fuerstenberg  of Sheldon, IA; twenty-one grandchildren; and twenty-eight great-granchildren; a sister-in-law, Aimee Schlumbohm of Rock Rapids, IA; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Rose Winterfeld; her husband, Howard Koll; parents-in-law, George and Martha Koll; two sisters, Marge Haines and Virginia Fetzer; a brother, Harold Winterfeld; four sisters-in-law, Marvyl Kahl, Beverly Schmidt, Eulalia Koll, and Elaine Winterfeld; five brothers-in-law, Daryl Koll, Vernon Schmidt, Norval Kahl, Ren Fetzer and Charlie Haines; a son-in-law, Mike Van Beek; and daughter-in-law, Karen Koll.