Lorraine Freeman | The Gazette



On July 14, 2021, Lorraine Freeman passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Loyola University Medical Center. She was 81 years old. Born January 23, 1940 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lorraine grew up on a farm in Lisbon, Iowa.

She was predeceased by her parents, Leon and Dorothy (Norris) Morningstar; and his brother, Keith Morningstar and his wife, W. Joan (Erickson) Morningstar; and a little sister, Dorlene.

Lorraine adored and will be sadly missed by her nephews, niece, grandnephews, grandnieces and their children, Doug (Mary) Morningstar of Lisbon, Joey (Kelcie) Morningstar, Erin Morningstar, Caleb Morningstar (Chloe Zahrt), Marie, Grace and Ben Morningstar; Scott (Jacquelyn) Morningstar from Lisbon, Meegan (Kyle) Englund, Ryan Morningstar (fiancé Arin Strasburg), Callie Morningstar, Madelyn Morningstar; Amy (Dale) Winslette, Wyatt and Jesse Winslette from Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

After attending the University of Iowa, Lorraine obtained her Fine Arts degree from Drake University in Des Moines, where she was a member of the Delta Phi Delta Honorary Arts Fraternity. She moved to Chicago to begin her long and fulfilling career as a talented graphic designer. For many years, Lorraine co-owned and managed a small advertising agency and used her creativity and design skills to produce compelling print ads for classic brands such as Yamaha and Steinway Pianos. His keen and artistic eye enhanced the branding of the Chicago Maritime Museum and many convention and visitor bureaus, from designing newsletters and signage to advertising. A great supporter of the arts and conservation efforts, Lorraine has also worked with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and loved to plan and manage special events and fundraisers for those deserving organizations close to her heart. She has served on the board of directors of CMM and ESO and has also served as a special advisor to the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation.

In addition to her professional expertise, Lorraine was a seasoned sailor who once owned a magnificent forty foot Cheoy Lee, Off Shore 40 “Morningstar” custom built in Hong Kong. A member of the Columbia Yacht Club, she was also the first female member of the Chicago Yacht Club. Lorraine has traveled the world and took fabulous photos of amazing places to share with her family and friends. A favorite trip was to Australia and New Zealand with Keith and Jo, and his longtime business partner and best friend, Robert (Bob) Link. For those in the Lisbon, Iowa area, a Celebration of Life will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on September 19, at Mount Vernon Creates, 121 First St, W, Mount Vernon, IA 52314. At 3 p.m., there is will have moments of Sharing Memories of Lorraine. As Lorraine wishes, a celebration of life in Chicago is slated for spring 2022 and details will be shared once available. Memorial donations can be made to the Lorraine Freeman Memorial Fund and sent to PO Box 397, Lisbon, IA. Please note if you would prefer your gift to be for the United Methodist Church of Lisbon, the Fine Arts Department of the School of Lisbon, the Chicago Maritime Museum or the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. Her family will ensure that the funds are distributed accordingly. Arrangements by Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale. For more information, call (630) 703-9131 or www.powellfuneraldirectors.com.

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