Lorraine Alice Dale, our grandma, great-grandma and friend, passed away peacefully at the Dixie Regional Medical Center on August 30, 2014, 27 days before her 99th birthday. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 26, 1915, Lorraine graduated from high school in St. Paul, Minnesota and then attended night school at Hamlin University, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Art Institute.
While completing her education, she worked for the Twin City Theater Corporation where she met and later married her boss, Howard Dale. Together Lorraine and Howard purchased and restored old run down theaters across Minnesota and Wisconsin to the delight and enjoyment of many patrons of America’s growing movie business.
When the tv industry started to flourish Lorraine and Howard headed in a different direction. They bought the Minnesota and Wisconsin franchise for a new soft-serve ice cream company called Dairy Queen. Then, in 1959, on the eve of their 22nd anniversary, Howard unexpectedly died of a heart attack. Despite the loss, Lorraine plowed ahead as president of Dairy Queen of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Lorraine personally trained new employees in the fine arts of ice cream mixing and customer relations.
Lorraine’s charm and talents created many dear friends among her employees. She called herself “a jack of all trades and a master of none.” She excelled at the many things she loved, cooking, interior and exterior design, business, art and-for fun-writing upside down and backwards. Her gifts and talents took her to many interesting places including, after Howard’s death, many trips to countries in South America.
In 1963, Lorraine met and married Edwin Cashman, president of Doughboy Industries in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Her adopted Cashman family always loved it when she brought home those Dairy Queen “buster bars” and were astonished when she would create wonderful gourmet meals and gorgeous Christmas gifts so nice that nobody would want to open them.
After Edwin died in 1971, Lorraine sold Dairy Queen and traveled for six months throughout Italy, England, France and Japan. After her travels, she thought to settle down and landed in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she met and married Lane Wilcken, a bank loan officer in Phoenix, Arizona. Through Lane she became acquainted with the LDS Church. Lane baptized her a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 6, 1971. She remained an endowed and worthy member of the church until her death. She became a good friend of W. Cleon Skousen and did much to defend and preserve our great country.
Lorraine had no children of her own but loved each and every member of the Dale, Cashman and Wilcken families. She is survived by her brother, Eugene Masica, and a host of step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
- A visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd, St. George, Utah.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, telephone 435-673-4221. For condolences and funeral listings please visit the Metcalf Mortuary website.