Loraine Gail (Van Voorhis) Moorhouse


Loraine Gail (Van Voorhis) Moorhouse, age 90, of Randolph, died after a short hospital stay in Northfield, MN.

Loraine was born on Oct. 17, 1933, at home in Stanton Township (Oxford/Cherry Valley area). She was the second child of George and Beryl (Miller) Van Voorhis. The farm on which she was born was formerly owned by her grandfather Van Voorhis and later purchased by her [parents. It was across the road from a farm homesteaded by her Great-Great-Grandfather Van Voorhis.

She graduated Cannon Falls High School, worked as a telephone operator and office girl for Minn Continental Telephone in Cannon Falls. She married Grayden Moorhouse on April 12, 1958, at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls.

Loraine lived her entire married life just North of Randolph, MN. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church of Cannon Falls since 1958. She was active in the WELCA, having served as vice-president for two years and president for five years. She served on the church council for four years, and another term of three years. She was also Church Council Secretary. Loraine was a long-term volunteer at the Cannon Falls Food Shelf. She served on their board for 6 years. She helped form and incorporate the food shelf. She enjoyed making quilts and knitting. She worked on family histories on both her side and on Grayden’s family. She enjoyed going to Minneapolis Moline tractor shows across the U.S. with her husband. She even drove in a few parades.

Survivors include her children Kevin (Kathy) of Cannon Falls, Allen of Cannon Falls, and Gail of Randolph; grandchildren Matthew (Rachel) Moorhouse and Stacy Moorhouse; great-grandchildren Olivia and Addison; nieces, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Beryl Van Voorhis, sister Ethel, brother-in-law John, and husband Grayden.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to First English Lutheran Church and the Cannon Falls Food Shelf.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 11:00 am, at First English Lutheran Church, 511 Belle St, Cannon Falls, MN 55009. There will be a visitation at the church from 9-11:00 am, prior to the service. Interment will be in the Cannon Falls Cemetery.