Lorraine Trulson, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Northern Montana Hospital of natural causes. Cremation has taken place, and her memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, with Father Dale Yurkovic officiating. Her burial will be held later in the spring. The family invites you to join them for a time of fellowship immediately after the service at the Eagle’s Club. Memorial contributions in Lorraine’s honor may be made to the Dialysis Unit c/o Northern Montana Hospital, P.O. Box 1231, Havre, MT 59501. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.
Lorraine was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Havre, Mont., to Edward and Bertha (Fisher) Gomke. She was raised and educated in Kremlin and graduated from Kremlin High School. She married John O. Trulson on Oct. 21, 1954, in Hingham, Mont. Together they made their home in Kremlin and raised three daughters Lindy, Cindy and Teresa. She worked for the railroad in the Building and Bridges Division for a few years, cooked during harvest at the Kenny Axvig farm and worked at Andy’s Supper Club. Lorraine was a hard worker who enjoyed helping people and being around others. This led to her career in the tavern business. She worked for various taverns and was the owner of the Water Hole and managed the Fresno Tavern for many years. She and her husband John moved to Havre in 1985, and in 1987 they purchased the Tip It Bar. Lorraine operated the Tip It Bar until 2011 when her health prevented her from doing so, and she turned the operation over to her children.
Lorraine enjoyed working in her yard, raising beautiful flowers and watching horseshoe players from her deck. She loved watching pool and loved to take her dog Max to the gopher fields and watch him run. Her passion in life was for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren — life’s reward after raising her girls.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, in 1992; her sister, Aggie Reinowski; and brothers, Stan Gomke, Norman Gomke, Jimmy Gomke and Rueben Gomke.
Lorraine is survived by her children, Lindy Scofield of Billings, Mont., Cindy (Brad) Lee of Havre, Mont., Teresa (John) Roberts of Havre, Mont.; grandchildren, Allen (Jen) Lee of Woodbridge, Va., Robert (Lori McMullan) Scofield of Portland, Ore., Jason Echelard of Havre, Mont., and David (Carmen) Lee of Stevensville, Mont.; great-grandchildren, ,John, Cole and Bryce McMullan of Portland, Ore., Dylan Hinds of Lolo, Mont., and David, Brian and Rebecca Lee of Woodbridge, Va. She is also survived by her sisters, Patty (Jerry) Marleau of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Shirley (Darrell) Hensley of Havre, Mont.; her brothers, Clarence “Blackie” (Anna Mae) Gomke of Great Falls, Mont., Fritz “Fred” Gomke of Kremlin, Mont., Robert (Sharon) Gomke of Kremlin, Mont., and Mike (Linda) Gomke of Havre, Mont.; a special friend and sister-in-law Beverly Converse of Havre, Mont.; several nieces and nephews and her dog, Max.