Lorraine Mae (Burgisser) Bohleke
June 27, 1929-October 26, 2023
Lorraine Mae (Burgisser) Bohleke, 94, of Charlottesville Virginia, loving mother of five and wife to the late Richard E. Bohleke, passed peacefully with family at her side on October 26, 2023, in Charlottesville Virginia.
Lorraine was born on June 27, 1929, in Iselin, New Jersey, the daughter of Frank and Wilhelmina Burgisser and sister to Norman, Fred, and Catherine Burgisser. Lorraine was influenced by her family to be a loving and caring person, always giving of her time and talents.
She met her husband, Richard, in the 1940’s, and fell instantly in love. They shared a love for family, having their first child in 1952. As a mother and wife, Lorraine was generous, compassionate, and completely devoted to her family.
In 2023, Lorraine became a great grandmother for the fourth time. She was thrilled to be surrounded by so many loved ones.
In addition to raising her family, Lorraine took great pleasure in reading, penciling, tending to her flowers and caring for her many pets. She will be greatly missed by her family and numerous acquaintances whose paths she’d crossed in her life’s journey.
“We know that we can’t have you back, but we are at peace knowing that the angels are caring for you. Goodbye to a wonderful woman, wife, and mother”
Lorraine is pre-deceased by her husband Richard, father Frank Burgisser, mother Wilhelmina Burgisser, siblings Fredrick Burgisser, Norman Burgisser and Catherine Burgisser Boylan, and niece Nancy Burgisser Liggins.
Left to cherish their memories of Lorraine are her son Keith (Donna) Bohleke of Millville, New Jersey, daughter Laura ( Michael) O’Neill, Rockingham, VA, son Briant (Karin) Bohleke of Biglerville, PA, daughter Shelley Matthews (Terry Forbes) of Charlottesville VA, , daughter Stacy (Perry) Arsenis, of Linwood, New Jersey, granddaughter Courtney (Shawn) McDowell, grandson Zachary (Karly) Matthews, grandson Casey Matthews, grandson Marcel “Marc” Arsenis, great granddaughter Jade McDowell, great grandson Blake McDowell, great granddaughters Harper and Layla Matthews, and her beloved Chihuahua, Phoebe.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Mom’s favorite charities, which include
ST Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
We extend our deepest gratitude to Tina Rutt, Nurse Practitioner, and Lee Read, Hospice of the Piedmont, for their outstanding care. We also thank the memory care caregivers who loved Lorraine like family, above and beyond their calling.
Interment will be 1:30 p.m. on November 2, 2023 at Monticello Memory Gardens, Charlottesville VA.