January 19, 2017


Lorraine Vonnahme, 80, of Carroll, and formerly of Arcadia, Iowa, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia.  The celebrant will be Father Mark Stoll.  Con-celebrants will be Father Timothy Johnson and Father Richard Remmes.  Music will be by Sharon Bierl and the St. John choir.  Lector will be Tom Grote.  Gift bearers will be Jenny Stone, Laura Rothchild, Kim Brix and Emery Vonnahme.  Eucharistic ministers will be Steve and Rose Vonnahme.  Casket bearers will be Wes Thelen, Matt Thelen, David Vonnahme, Jim Vonnahme, Jake Vonnahme, Luke Vonnahme, Kyle Vonnahme, Ben Vonnahme and Noah Kouri.  Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Arcadia.  The St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary will form an honor guard for the Mass.  

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a rosary prayed at 5 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m.

Online condolences may be left for Lorraine’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born Jan. 18, 1936, at Carroll, Iowa, Lorraine was a daughter of Herman and Colette (Schettler) Grote.  She grew up on the family farm west of Mount Carmel and graduated from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in 1954.  

On April 21, 1956, Lorraine married Lyle Vonnahme at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Mount Carmel.  The couple made their home near Arcadia, where Lyle was engaged in farming, and Lorraine assisted in the operation, and became a devoted homemaker.  

Lorraine enjoyed gardening, the farmers market, cooking and baking especially her cinnamon rolls and pies.  She also enjoyed traveling with her sisters, her card club, frequent trips to casinos and volunteering at St. Anthony Hospital and New Hope Village.  Most of all, Lorraine enjoyed the time she spent with her family.  Lorraine was a member of the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary, former member of St. John Parish in Arcadia, and current member of Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll.   

Lorraine is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Lyle Vonnahme, of Carroll; their children: Steve (Rose) Vonnahme of Altoona, Mike (Janene) Vonnahme of Glidden, Lisa (Tom) Kouri of Arcadia, John (Cathy) Vonnahme of Arcadia, and Joe (Angie) Vonnahme of Carroll; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Norbert “Fiddle” Grote of Glidden, Jack (Doreen) Grote of Carroll, James (Mary Ann) Grote of Cave Creek, Arizona, Bill (Nancy) Grote of Withee, Wisconsin, Ted (Peggy) Grote of Gibson City, Illinois, Jeane (John) Rosener of South SiouxCity, Nebraska, Mary (Leonard) Sailer of Manning, Alice (John) Hamilton of Jefferson, and Judy (Duane “Butch”) Olberding of Iowa City; her sisters-in-law: Irma Grote of Carroll, Joyce Grote of Minooka, Illinois, Gladys Steinkamp of Arcadia, and Norma Vonnahme of Arcadia, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Julie Vonnahme; her grandson Nathan Vonnahme; her brothers: Paul, Ralph and Leonard Grote; and her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Alice (Leo) Schmitz, Leon Vonnahme, Leroy Vonnahme, Loren Steinkamp, Vera (Roland) Booth and Duane Vonnahme in infancy.