Lorna Mae Grabe

April 30, 1928 – May 8, 2023


Last updated 5/30/2023 at 4:40pm

Sisters area resident Lorna Grabe, 95, passed away May 8. Arrangements are entrusted to Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens. She was born April 30, 1928, in Iowa City, the second of five children. Her parents were Elsa (Hopp) and Leonard Dohrer. Lorna was raised on a nearby farm, first helping her father with fieldwork, driving a team of horses, then switching to tractors at age 10.

Lorna went to Iowa State University where she met her future husband, Don F. Grabe. They were married for 66 years and had three children together, Ted Grabe, Timothy Grabe, and Ann Grabe. After residing in Corvallis for 32 years, they retired to Sisters in 1999.

Lorna was a strong, independent, and creative person. As a lifelong learner, always curious, she liked to read about history, foreign countries and cultures, plants, and animals. She became a fine watercolor artist, bird watcher, harpsichordist, and cook. Lorna's passion was horses. She began riding lessons in her sixties and lived and breathed horses for the rest of her life. She will be remembered for her warm, generous, and kind heart.

Contributions may be made to the Deschutes Land Trust. Lorna was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Sisters. Pastor Ron Gregg will say a few words at her celebration of life. It will be held 10 a.m. June 3, at her home, outside in the presence of nature, which she loved.


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