Votrain, Lorraine Irene

Date: Wedesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Private committal at a later date.

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Immanuel Lutheran School in Washington, MO or to Backstoppers.


Lorraine Irene Votrain of Union, MO, formerly Kirkwood, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on July 18, 2015, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, six months and twenty-six days. Lorraine was born in St. Louis on December 22, 1927, daughter of Walter Otto Theiss and Cora Lee Theiss nee Bailey. In 1946, she was united in marriage to Robert Louis Victor Bopp and two daughters came to bless this union. On June 25, 1960, she was united in marriage to Charles Otto Bopp and they were blessed to have thirteen years together. On July 1, 1986, she was united in marriage to Merle Votrain and they were blessed to have seven years together.

Lorraine is survived by one daughter, Barbara Flamion and husband, Don, Sr., of St. Clair, MO; by six grandchildren, Jeffrey Wilson of Eureka, MO, Brian Wilson and wife, Amber, of House Springs, MO, Donald J. Flamion, Jr. and wife, Audrey, of Lonedell, MO, Robert L. V. Flamion of Grubville, MO, Angela Kaemmerer and husband, Chris, of Washington, MO and Clinton Flamion and wife, Tanya, of Gray Summit, MO; by two sisters, Carol Ann Vinson of Ballwin, MO, and Susan Ellermann of Arnold, MO; by one sister-in-law, Jean Theiss of Kirkwood, MO; by four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Cora Theiss; by her husbands, Robert Bopp, Charles Bopp and Merle Votrain; by her daughter, Judith C. Wilson; by two brothers, Vincent and Clifford Theiss, and by one sister, Irene Theiss.

Lorraine was a Christian of the Lutheran faith, believing in the Lord as her Savior. During her working years, she was employed as a cook for the Parkway school district for many years. In later years, she worked as a dishwasher for Meadowbrook Country Club in St. Louis, MO. She was musically talented and playing the organ was one of her favorite pastimes. Lorraine loved spending time outdoors and completing physical tasks. Cutting her grass and shoveling snow in the winter were favorite chores. Fishing was one of her most enjoyable pastimes. She had a keen sense of humor and usually kept her family and friends in laughter when they were together. She was happiest when she was spending time with her daughters and grandchildren and many wonderful memories were created.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Mark Bangert officiating. Private committal will take place in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO, at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran School in Washington, MO, or to Backstoppers.