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301 South Lincoln Avenue
O'Fallon, IL 62269
Phone: 618-632-3713
Fax: 618-632-3732
Lorraine Gelatka
In Memory of
Lorraine E. Gelatka (Foland)
1921 -

Obituary for Lorraine Gelatka (Foland)

Lorraine E. Gelatka, nee Foland, 96, born Monday, August 22, 1921 in Gaylord, KS, died Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Memorial East Hospital in Shiloh, IL.

Lorraine was a gifted artist in many ways. Her family loved hearing her adventurous stories of growing up in New York City during the 20’s & 30’s. Lorraine married Chuck Gelatka, who played for the New York Giants and after the war, they settled in Chicago, IL. In 1998 she moved to Shadow Lake Village, Red Bank NJ.

Lorraine studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was an accomplished artist, crafter and quilter and will be remembered for her beautiful pastels and quilts. She will also be remembered for her love of her family, the NY Giants, Yankees, Hershey Kisses and lunches at the Shrewsbury Diner.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Charles T. Gelatka.

Surviving are her two children, Charles (Diane) Gelatka of Belleville, IL, Linda (fiancé, Tom Argentieri) Forrest of Shrewsbury, NJ; four grandchildren, Christa (Tim) Jenkins, Michael (Tina) Forrest, Andrew Forrest, Annie (Brian) Steckroth; six grandchildren, Danna Jenkins, Alec Jenkins, Charlie Steckroth, Campbell Steckroth, Claire Steckroth, Ben Forrest.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at Condolences may be extended to the family online at

The family would like to thank the staff at the Colonnade/Heritage in O’Fallon for the wonderful care they gave Lorraine during her stay.

At the family’s request no local services will be held.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.
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