REED CITY — Our beloved mother and grandmother, Lorraine Alsys Schneider, 83, of Reed City, passed away peacefully on Sept. 2, 2012, at Blodgett Hospital. Her final days were spent surrounded by loving family members recounting favorite memories, life lessons and values taught and expressions of deep love and thankfulness for her life and her impact on each of them.
Lorraine was born in Chicago on Dec. 16, 1928, to John and Helen Alsys, hard working Lithuanian immigrants. Her family moved to Saranac to farm right before the Great Depression. The Depression greatly influenced her life, as her family struggled with hardships and setbacks. Even at this young age, these challenges fortified her and gave her an inner strength of courage and the will to rise above her circumstances to develop and achieve her goals. Through her hard work and her never-give-up attitude, she persevered and continued to inch her way forward, overcoming obstacles to better her life circumstances. In addition to working on her family farm, at a young age, she picked strawberries at other farms, earning money to buy a linen chest for 25 cents at an estate sale and materials to decorate her bedroom. This was the beginning of her appreciation for hard work, the value of money and the importance of saving and being frugal, which carried on with her throughout her lifetime.