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Lorraine M. Schwalm, 79 – Member of Red Hat Society, Active in Church

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Lorraine M. Schwalm, age 79 of Valley View, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Hershey Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

She was born on January 2, 1941, in Hegins, a daughter of the late Charles and Elsie (Sweinhart) Kessler.

Lorraine was a graduate of the former Hegins-Hubley High School. After raising her children, Lorraine furthered her education and graduated from McCann’s School of Business with an associates degree in Accounting.

She worked in the Accounting/Bookkeeping department for Quandel Construction, Minersville, and later for Metal Industries, Gratz, until her retirement.

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Lorraine was a very active member, participating in various leadership positions and committees within St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Valley View.

She was also a member of Red Hat Society.

In addition to her parents, Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Schwalm, in 2016; husband Bruce Wiest; and husband Charles Witmer; a step son, Terry Schwalm, grandson Chase Witmer; and brothers Leonard and Charles Kessler Jr.

She is survived by three sons, David Witmer and wife Julie; Robert Witmer and wife DeLana; Ronald Wiest and wife Kimberly, all of Virginia; a daughter, Michele Pigott and husband Jeffrey of Harrisburg; 3 step sons, Scott Schwalm and wife Gretchen of Dauphin; Dennis Schwalm and wife Christine; Jason Schwalm and wife Amanda; and daughter in law, Amy Schwalm, all of Hegins; several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; one sister, Betty Klinger, FL.

Services were held at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Valley View, on Monday, August 10, with Rev. Duane Bardo officiating.

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Burial is in Barry Salem United Methodist Cemetery, Weishample.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Andrew’s United Methodist People Fund.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home managed arrangements.

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