Florence Lorraine Podraza


WEST BROOKLYN — Florence Lorraine Podraza, 95, of West Brooklyn, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. 

She was born July 25, 1923, in St. James, Minn., the daughter of Ernie and Florence (Rendall) Smith.

Lorraine worked as a Postal Clerk for Oak Park Post Office for 20 years prior to her retirement in 1987. She had been a member of Sublette Union Church.

She was preceded in death by her son, Lloyd Tatman; her grandson, Joe Prate;  her husband, John Podraza; two brothers, Russell and Kenneth Smith; three sisters, Cleo Scott, Rachel Behrends, and Donna Freeman.

Survivors include her son, Donald (Kay) Podraza, of Homosassa, Fla.; her daughter, Kathy (Ted) Marciniak, of West Brooklyn; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; her brother, Dean (Deanne) Hoffman, of St. James, Minn.; and daughter in law, Leona Tatman. She also helped raise many nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy with Rev. Horst Ollnau, Pastor of New Beginnings Fellowship in Belvidere, officiating. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. until time of service in the funeral home. 

A memorial has been established.

Condolences may be sent online at www.thejonesfh.com.

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