June 3, 1943-Sept. 25, 2019
Lorraine Florence (Pakka) Anderson, 76, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 3, 1943, in Butte, to Leo R. Pakka and Florence M. (Bukema) Peterson. She attended Grant Grade School, East Junior High, and Butte High School. She loved her Finnish heritage and taught her grandkids several words, which they still use today. She married Dan Lean in December 28, 1962, and together they had three children, Cory, Coby and Camy. They later divorced. On May 21, 1994, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, she married Jeffrey Anderson, who brought three additional children into Lorrie’s life, Chad, Ryan and Casey, whom she loved as her own. She worked as an usher at the Fox Theatre, Skenders Ceramics, Metals Bank, First Bank of Butte and Allstate Insurance.
Lorrie and Jeff made their home in Cardwell, Montana, where they built their dream home by the Jefferson River. Lorrie thoroughly enjoyed the scenic beauty that surrounded them, and the peace of living in the country. She and Jeff took great pride in their beautiful flower gardens, yard and vegetable garden, making sure to give plenty to family and friends, and a pumpkin to each of the grandkids every fall.
She loved dancing at the pavilion at the Columbia Gardens and joined the Copper City Divas and Dudes Line Dancers two years ago, which she enjoyed immensely, until the time of her death. She often talked about the many friendships she formed and the fun they all had.
Lorrie was an excellent cook and enjoyed having her entire family to her home for holidays and summer barbecues. She loved working with her hands and had natural creative skills. Whatever she did she was a perfectionist and made sure it was just right, whether it was painting, drawing, woodwork, arts and crafts with her grandkids, sewing, making birthday cakes or many blankets and rugs. She had the innate ability to know how to fix, mend or alter everything and was the only one who could get a stain out of anything!
Lorrie volunteered at the Butte Food Bank for five years. She enjoyed the many people she met there where she would often give them recipes and tips on how to make the best meals.
Lorrie was a simple person who found happiness in the smaller things in life such as black jellybeans, watching her favorite reality shows, or eating a lot of ice cream, which was a staple in her freezer. She loved to laugh and had an infectious one. She never kept a smile to herself and was a true character, which is why people loved her so much.
Over the years, Lorrie and Jeff had many animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, geese and a horse. She loved them all and she will be especially missed by their dog Willow and cat Suka.
She always put others before herself and willing to help anyone. She had the most giving and generous soul who touched many, many lives.
One of the Lorrie’s most special attributes was the art of conversation. She loved to talk, and could have an engaging conversation with anyone, and everyone, be it a stranger or a friend. She was in Walmart one time for five hours and a lot of that time was spent talking. Her life motto was “A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” Will Rogers
Lorrie’s greatest treasures in life were her 11 grandchildren. They were her pride and joy and each of them brought great happiness to her in their own special way. The legacy of her kind, gentle spirt, compassion and thoughtfulness for others, her artistic ability and zest for life will live on through them.
Lorrie was preceded in death by her father, Leo Pakka; mother, Florence Peterson; infant sister, Lana Lee; stepfather, Forrest Peterson; brother-in-law, George Kalafatich; father-in-law, Everett Anderson; mother-in-law, Genevieve Anderson; Dan Lean, father of Cory, Coby and Camy; nephew, Eric Anderson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including Marvin Bukema who recently passed.
Lorrie is survived by, and will be dearly missed, by her loving husband of 25 years, Jeff Anderson, her children and their spouses, Cory Lean (Kim), Coby Lean (Heather), Camy Allen (Russ), Chad Anderson (Mirra), Ryan Anderson (Ericha), and Casey Shaffer (Mitch); Beloved grandchildren, Kellen, Kennedy, Kendyllen (Gussey) and Kyler Lean; Scout and Saylor Allen; Alyse, Caleb and Nolan Anderson; Mannix and Lainey Shaffer; and Jordan and Jake Salmonson; She will also be missed by her sister, and best friend, Leona Kalafatich, brother, Johnny Pakka (Fran), brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Terry Anderson (Lana), Dennis Anderson (Jeri), Gary Lean (Dala), Rosalie Riley and Darlene Booth (Fred); nieces, Kim Panighetti (Lance), Kelley Kalafatich, Melissa Pakka, Darice Giordanella (Richie), Laurie Anderson (Kent), Joanna Greene (Lee); Kaylee Loeffelholz (Kori); nephews, Mike Anderson (Larissa) and Drew Anderson, along with numerous nieces and nephews from her previous marriage. Lorrie is also survived by members of the Bukema, Kalarchik and Pologase families; the dancers of the Copper City Divas and Dudes and many special friends too numerous to name.
Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m.
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again -- Anonymous