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Lorraine Cave

Lorraine Cave, 88, of Marcus, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

Services took place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. Rev. Kevin Roop officiated. Burial follow at Marcus-Amherst Cemetery in Marcus. The Earnest-Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family at

Lorraine Frieda (Bay) Cave, the daughter of Henry and Dorothy (Peters) Bay, was born August 26, 1932 in Correctionville, Iowa.

She grew up on a farm in rural Correctionville and attended country school until 7th grade. At that time she moved with her family to her mother’s family farm near Germantown.

She graduated from Paullina High School in 1950. On September 2, 1951, she was married to her lifelong companion of 67+ years, Jim Cave of Marcus. Together they lived, farmed and raised eight children on the Cave family farm until Jim’s passing in 2019. Lorraine continued to reside on the farm until her passing.

She was very active in her community and church.

She volunteered as a Girl Scouts leader for over 30 years, in the fancy work department at the Marcus Fair, at Marcus Elementary School, at Cherokee Hospice, and at the Heartland Care Center auxiliary. At Peace Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday school for 25 years, taught midweek classes, was a member of Ladies Aid, and was involved with the braille workshop for over 35 years.

She took great pleasure in her large family and attended as many activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as she could. From baptisms, graduations, weddings, sporting events and concerts, her calendar was always full of family events. She also enjoyed taking part in birthday club, tourist club, book club and Marcus historical society. After her kids were gone from home, she joined ladies bowling and golfing leagues in Marcus.

Lorraine was an avid gardener and during her lifetime she canned, pickled, and froze what must have amounted to tons of produce. Her strawberry jam was a particular favorite of her grandchildren and enjoyed at many family gatherings over the years.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Joyce (Jamie) Coughlin of Sioux City; Shirley Cave of Richfield, Minnesota; Gene (Patricia) Cave of Remsen, Iowa; Betty (Al) Weihe of Vacaville, California; Don (Michelle) Cave of Marcus; Charlie Cave of Carlisle, Iowa; Dale (Barb) Cave of Marcus; and Bev (John) Kampa of St. Paul, Minnesota; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a sister, Luella Wallin of Paullina, Iowa; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Cave of Cherokee, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a great-grandchild, as well as other family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family and will be donated to a local charity at a later date.

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