Lorraine Lee Behnke, 93, of Belvidere, IL, passed away peacefully, Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Bickford House, Rockford. She was born May 4, 1924 in Boone County, IL, the daughter of Oscar and Florence Lee. Lorraine married the love of her life, Edwin Behnke on February 27, 1949 in Belvidere. She was a homemaker who loved her family. Lorraine made her spiritual home at First United Methodist Church in Belvidere, where she taught Sunday school and was part of the sewing club. She enjoyed playing the piano, cards and bowling. Lorraine and Ed loved to go dancing at the Garden Prairie Grange. She learned how to swim later in life and that was very important to her.
Lorraine is loved and missed by her children, Nancy (Jerry) Malmassari, Sue (Walt) Mangus, and Valli Jo (Larry) Rubeck; grandchildren, Jim (Amie) Malmassari, Julie (Kelly) Brannon, Jason (Wendy) Malmassari, Josh (Julie) Malmassari, Mark (Jill) Mangus, Janet (Joe) Erb, Misti Kottke, Mardi Jo (Todd) Chapman, Tonya (CDR Joseph) Frederick, and Brittani (Jon) Farn; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Edwin.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008. A visitation will be held from 10 till 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to the family to be donated in Lorraine’s name. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.