Lorraine Ann Gaffney, 86, of Renville, passed away with family by her side Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18 at Zion United Methodist Church in Danube. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls, and will continue one hour prior to the service at church Friday morning. Burial will be in Middle Creek Zion Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Lorraine Ann (Hemingsen) Gaffney was born April 15, 1932 in Flora Township, Renville County, to Leslie and Helen (Harting) Hemingsen. She attended Country School in Renville County for eight years and went on to graduate from Renville High School. Lorraine furthered her education at Mankato State University and received her bachelor’s degree in teaching. She taught at several schools including Madison, Danube and Renville for many years. On June 16, 1953, Lorraine married Howard L. Gaffney at the Methodist Church in Renville, before he was deployed with the U.S. Army to serve in Germany. Lorraine and Howard were blessed with three children: Kris, Jim and Lisa. In 1981, Lorraine and Howard purchased their lake cabin on Nest Lake where they made many years of happy memories. Lorraine was a member of the Middle Creek Methodist Church, where she made countless banners – many of which are still used today. Her main focus at church was organizing and planning the children’s Christmas program, Bible school and she served as the Kid’s Club director. Lorraine was an accomplished seamstress, which was a skill she learned from her mother. She sewed numerous wedding dresses and quilts. Lorraine was very artistic, and interior decorating was her specialty. After retirement, Lorraine and Howard traveled extensively to places including Ireland, England, Germany Alaska, China, Cameroon, Nova Scotia, Egypt, and all across Canada. Lorraine’s passion was embarking on several mission trips where she helped build churches and care for children in orphanages. Together, Lorraine and Howard took yearly camping trips to Grand Marais, and they were able to spend their 60th wedding anniversary there along with their children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a highlight of Lorraine’s life, and she cherished every moment spent together with them. Lorraine is survived by her children: Kris (Brad) Myers, Jim (Marie) Gaffney and Lisa (Tom) Zamberletti; grandchildren: Dustin (Sarah) Myers, April (Jake) Kretschmar, Brady (Kasey) Myers, James and Mega Gaffney; great-grandchildren: Casen, Halle and Carter Myers, Victoria Dennis, Mack Myers and Hawkyn Kretschmar; brother Chris (Mary Ann) Hemmingsen; sisters-in-law: Mildred, Marian and René Hemingsen. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard, and siblings: Stanley, Donald, Leo and Leone (husbands Edwin and Elroy).