Lorraine Piper Biang, age 99, was reunited with her Lord and her beloved husband George along with many loved ones on the 19th of January 2022. She was called to her Heavenly home after suffering complications from a fall at her Luther Manor residence in Wauwatosa, WI.
Always active in mind, body and spirit; Lorraine lived her life to the fullest and reminded all of us to “not grow old.” Born in Chicago on November 6, 1922, she was a champion of those in need, animals and nature she spent her days volunteering her time and talents for numerous charities. Whether traveling to Guatemala with her husband and the Lion’s Club to fit the needy with eye glasses, serving at her childhood church St. Matthew’s soup kitchen, or teaching English to refugees, Lorraine was always outwardly focused and ready to share her faith. She was active in church her whole life and enjoyed reaching out to others wherever she lived to come to a service or event (most recently at Berea Lutheran).
A longtime volunteer at Cantigny Park in West Chicago she was able to use her gardening and artistic skills to inspire. She enjoyed seeing the horses at nearby stables as it reminded her of days gone by when she would be riding with friends through Lincoln Park or at her home in Missouri. Lorraine relished many hobbies and we are all thankful she took the time to pass down those skills to her family. She adopted sheep to help with her lawn care and from their wool spun yarn to use on her loom to make beautiful fabric she would craft into many gifts of clothing and linens. Her creations from fiber to clay to poetry, basket weaving, gardening and cooking led her to explore even more of the world and other cultures through Road Scholar Elderhostel and memorable traveling experiences. A voracious learner and reader she taught us to not just visit a place but to learn all we could about the history there and this led to her becoming an activist for many causes. An educator herself, Lorraine was a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and taught elementary school and as well as serving as a scout leader. She was a member of P.E.O. and worked on grants and scholarships so that others could purse higher education.
Lorraine was proceeded in death by her husband of 47 years George Biang and her daughter-in-law Virginia Biang. She is survived by her daughter Laurie (Peter) Sapienza, sons George (Kristie) Biang, and Christopher Biang; eleven grandchildren: Kathie (Robert) Flitsch, Amy Sapienza, Anne Sapienza, Jacob (Taylor Biang), JoHannah Biang, Erik (Amy) Biang, Michael (Jacqueline) Biang, Timothy (Sara) Biang, Thomas (Jennifer) Biang, Christine Biang, Robert (Hannah) Biang and 17 great-grandchildren: Holly, Joy, Caleb, Samuel, Gabriel, Eliana, Adelheid, Gwendolyn, Isaac, Charles, Eleanor, Naomi, a baby soon to arrive, Malachi, Liam, Silas, and Naomi.
Lorraine considered herself a dabbler and she will always be dabbling in our hearts.
Vaya con Dios: “go with God”
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”…. "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:35, 37-39
Funeral Services for Lorraine will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 5:30PM at
Berea Lutheran Church, 4873 North 107th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53225 with a gathering of
family and friends from 5:00PM until the time of services.
Service will be live streamed via this link which goes to the worship special services section on their webpage: https://www.berealutheran.com/worship-with-us-1
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Lorraine’s memory to:
• St. Matthews Church: 2108 W. 21st Street, Chicago, IL 60608
• Heifer International: www.Heifer.org
• P.E.O. International: https://donations.peointernational.org/
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