Lorrayne Aysta, 1928-2018

Published 1:00 am Friday, November 2, 2018

Graveside services for Lorrayne Evelyn Aysta will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Florenton Cemetery in Virginia. Lorrayne died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea. She was 90.

Lorrayne Aysta

Lorrayne was born June 29, 1928, in Wouri Township, the daughter of Charles and Hilda (Anderson) Abelson. She was a graduate of Virginia High School in 1946 and the area community college. On Sept. 10, 1948, she was united in marriage to Richard Aysta in Virginia.

Together they lived in East Lansing, Michigan; Chicago; and then Albert Lea, where they had lived since 1964.

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Lorrayne was a homemaker, but was very active in community projects — such as the Department of Human Rights, having been appointed to that position by then Gov. Rudy Perpich. She was Citizen of the Year in 1991 through the Albert Lea Elks Club, a member of Freeborn County Human Services board for 12 years, Albert Lea Tech Foundation for six years and the American Cancer Society for over 34 years — including being a part of the committee to start the Bike-A-Thon.

She loved polka music and dancing and the family trips to Lake Vermillion in Tower, where they had a cabin for many years. She was very proud to be an “Iron Ranger.”

Lorrayne is survived by her son, Scott (Diane) Aysta, and their daughter, Chloe, of Albert Lea; brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Nevala, of Embarrass; sister-in-law, Lillian (Shorty) Abelson, of Maple Grove; special cousin, Brian (Face) Maki; and nieces, nephews and a host of good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Delores (Dolly) Nevala; brother, Glenn Abelson; and special family friend, Erik Skarstad.