Lorraine Albertina (Bertha) Brueske was born to Elsie and Arthur Brueske in Leaf Valley, Minnesota on June 11, 1918. She grew up on a farm near Leaf Valley graduating from high school in Alexandria, Minnesota in 1936. On October 15, 1939 she married Warren C. Augdahl in Leaf Valley. They moved in with Warren’s parents, Carl and Thea Augdahl and his brother Lloyd where together they farmed the Augdahl homestead in Brandon, Minnesota for 10 years. Their daughter Jeanne (Jeanette) was born while living on that farm.
In 1949 they purchased Warren’s Aunt and Uncle Mattie and Julius Larson’s farm, also near Brandon. They added four children to the family while living on that farm - Jerry (Jerome), Roger, Steven, and Candace. In 1956 they sold the farm and moved to Moorhead, Minnesota where Warren went to college and received his teaching degree.
In the summer of 1958 they moved to Kensington, Minnesota where Warren took the position of a math teacher and later became the schools principal. They lived in Kensington for 12 years, where Lorraine created a loving home for her family, always active in her children’s lives helping them grow into successful young adults.
Warren and Lorraine were life-long members at Solem Lutheran Church where Lorraine was actively involved in the Ladies Aid. While in Kensington, Lorraine started taking ceramic classes with her friend LaVerne Hawkinson. Recognizing a passion they both shared, Lorraine and LaVerne formed a small business, “LoLa’s Ceramics,” where for several years they taught ceramic classes. Lorraine and LaVerne would pour their own molds and the lessons included cleaning greenware and multiple painting techniques. During this time they were asked to design a mold replica of the Kensington Runestone. They made hundreds of these replicas which were sold in multiple locations, including the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Daytons in Minneapolis and the Runestone Museum in Alexandria. The kids remember the long “assembly line” of pasting the story on the back, wrapping the replica, putting it in the specially created boxes for the Runestone and shipping those boxes – not always a task enjoyed by her kids. For several years, LoLa’s Ceramics also sold nativity sets and other holiday pieces to Dayton’s during the Christmas season. Her business partner ultimately moved to Alaska and Lorraine continued the business on her own.
In 1970 Lorraine and Warren built a home on Lobster Lake near Alexandria and she moved her ceramic business into the lower level of that home, renaming her business Cherry Point Ceramics. She changed the focus of her business to only teaching classes, often teaching over 100 women a week how to create beautiful ceramic pieces. Several of her grandchildren have memories of going to her shop and painting their own ceramic piece.
Following Warren’s retirement from teaching, they went to Alaska to help their sons on a couple of construction projects. Deciding it was time to truly retire, they used their motorhome to travel to all lower 48 states. During this retirement they also purchased a place to stay in warmer Arizona for the winter months. They lived in Arizona for 18 winters, and lived on Lobster Lake during the summer. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends no matter where they lived.
Warren and Lorraine enjoyed family activities including various card games, chess, checkers or just watching children or grandchildren playing in their sports, singing in their choirs or solos, or plays they were in. One of Lorraines lessons was the importance of gathering together in small or large family groups. She would welcome friends and family for a cup of coffee with a cookie or bar at any time, or if a larger group was able to gather, she would be able to create an even larger meal and always make you feel very welcome in her home.
Warren passed away in 2002 and in 2003 Lorraine moved to Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Park. She lived in an independent apartment until 2016, when she went briefly into Assisted Living and in 2017 moved to the Care Center. While living at Lake Minnetonka Shores she enjoyed volunteering in the gift shop, helping other residents with tasks played many hours of Mexican Train, whist, bingo and other activities.
Lorraine was an excellent cook and baked many different types of desserts. The Grandchildren have told multiple stories of their favorite meals or cookies or bars or pancakes she made for them, even helping to create a cookbook including some of those recipes and stories. They even remember the color of the Tupperware container she used to store her baked goods.
After blessing this earth for 100 years, Lorraine will always be remembered as a faith-filled, soft spoken, kind and gentle soul who always believed in the goodness of others. She will be missed beyond words, but her legacy will live on in her family.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Warren Augdahl and her 2 sons, Jerry and Steven who passed in 1988. Lorraine is survived by her daughter Jeanne (Larry) Brustad of Wayzata, MN, son Roger (Gail) Augdahl of Anchorage, AK, and daughter Candace (Mike) Lano of Shakopee, MN. She has 12 grandchildren, Kraig Brustad, Kelsy (Tom) Hoene, Jason (Tanya) Augdahl, Jessica Augdahl, Brian (Stephanie) Augdahl, Stacie (Trent) Maier, Seth (Kami) Augdahl, Cody (Andrea) Augdahl, Abby Augdahl, Dan (Natalie) Lano, John (Abigail) Lano, Tom (Anni) Lano and a bonus granddaughter, Kate Boehmer. She also has 11 great-grandchildren with another coming this August.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to either Solem Lutheran Cemetery Fund, In care of Duane Samuelson, 22856 Northstar Drive SW, Kensington, MN 56343 or to Lake Minnetonka Shores, 4515 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN 55384