Loraine Rummel

Birth: December 24th, 1912
Death: April 24th, 2018
Age: 105 years
Residence:Frankenmuth, MI

Loraine Rummel

Frankenmuth, MI


Loraine Gallagher Rummel was born on Main Street in Frankenmuth on December 24, 1912 and lived nearly all of her 105 years on Main Street until she entered eternal life with her Savior on Monday, April 24, 2018. She was the second of four daughters born to William and Martha (Hubinger) Gallagher. Three dear sisters, Myra Abraham, Lenore Galsterer and Martha Trinklein, preceded her in death. Loraine worked for the Frankenmuth News, which her grandfather founded and her father published, until 1933 when she married Richard Rummel and became his business partner as well as his life’s partner. Together they operated the Rummel Studio of Photography in Frankenmuth. She was involved in nearly all aspects of the business.


Their marriage produced three children, William Rummel, Frankenmuth, Janice Mosher, Webberville and Sally Lopez, San Francisco. Also surviving her are their spouses, Mary Ann Rummel, Ron Mosher and Frank Lopez. She was the beloved grandmother of ten: Willie (Annette) Rummel, Cari (Mike) Seiler, Stacy (Yim Mou Wah) Mosher, Susan (Jon) Dean, Laurie (Andy) Paulin, Martha Rummel, Scott (Pam )Mosher, Wendy (Steve) Lutzke, Elizabeth (A.K.)Anderson and Rachel (Pierre) Demartines and the great-granny of nine, Elizabeth Semrau and Sarah Rummel, Nathaniel, Austin and Shannon Mosher, Sophia Ran, Ezra and Naomi Anderson and Emilio Demartines and one great-great granddaughter, Kennedy. Her extended family included step-great-grandchildren Audrey, Elliott and Clair Paulin and Amanda and Lindsay Lutzke and their spouses and nine step-great-great grandchildren, Lauren, Luke, Oscar, Estelle, William, Jillian, Amelia, Julianna, Mollie and Charlotte. Also surviving her is her sister-in-law, Clara Rummel. She had many nieces and nephews as well as her “Girl Friday,” Kathy Ehrlinger, all of whose acts of caring and kindness enriched her life. Special thanks to the staff of Covenant Glen of Frankenmuth and Heart to Heart Hospice.


During her life Loraine was an active member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, a charter member of the Senior Choir, the Ladies Aid Society and a helper at the school library. In her later years she belonged to the Christians Friends group and continued to reach out to members of the church who were shut-ins with phone calls and cards. She had a long prayer list which she consulted as part of her daily devotions. The active civic and social life she and Richard enjoyed continued into her later years and one her greatest enjoyments was the celebration of her 100th birthday in December 2012 attended by the members of the Gallagher and Rummel families and many close friends. A joyous celebration of her 105th birthday was celebrated in December 2017 with her immediate family.


Faith in God, love for family, a positive outlook and a sense of humor were the building blocks of Loraine’s life. Becoming a widow, losing a great deal of her vision and hearing and the pain of osteoarthritis did not diminish her spirit.  Until recent years she read the paper and worked crossword puzzles and never stopped ”reading” hundreds of books sent her by the Braille and Talking Book Library-Michigan. As a result, anyone interacting with her even in her advanced years was amazed by her wonderful mind. She also listened to the Bible on CD every day, commenting that she always knew what was coming next. Loraine Gallagher Rummel was proud of her German heritage but she also loved being Irish. It is pleasing to think that now those Irish eyes are smiling in heaven.


A celebration of her victory in Christ will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 10:15 a.m. at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St., Frankenmuth, Michigan and 11:00 a.m. at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth.  Rev.  Joel C. Kaiser will officiate with burial between services in St. Lorenz Cemetery.  Loraine’s family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Church Foundation, The Frankenmuth Historical Society, the Braille and Talking Book Library-Michigan, the James E. Wickson Frankenmuth District Library or a charity of your choice. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.cederbergfh.com.


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