Rock Valley, IA: Blanche Lorraine Roorda, 98, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Friday, December 31, 2021, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Lorraine donated her body for study at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Deeded Body Program. A celebration of life ceremony will be held Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 3:00 PM at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Rock Valley. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be given to Pioneer United Methodist Church, Hegg Health Center, or Habitat for Humanity.
Blanche Lorraine (Miller) Roorda was born at Rock Valley Farm at Correctionville, Iowa on May 1, 1923 to Harvey and Blanche Miller. She received her education at a one room rural school, Correctionville High School and Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Lorraine was a life-long Methodist; being a member at Rock Branch Methodist Church in Correctionville during her younger years and later at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Rock Valley.
Lorraine taught rural school in Woodbury County in Iowa and then Junior and Senior High School at the Rock Valley Public School where she coached girls basketball.
Lorraine and Hessel John Roorda were united in marriage in 1952. They were blessed with three daughters and one son.
She is survived by her daughters, Helen Roorda, Lois (Dean) Knox, and Joan (TJ) Keeler; four grandchildren, Emily, Caleb, Hannah, and Rachel; and five great-grandchildren, Knox, Grace Lorraine, Jack Harvey, Griffin, and Rose.
Preceding Lorraine in death were her parents, Harvey and Blanche Miller; husband, Hessel John Roorda; parents-in-law, Hessel S. and Mary Roorda; son, Hessel Ray Roorda; infant Keeler grandson; sisters, Ruth (Melvin) Treptow, and Joan (William) Cameron; brother, Ray (Mary Jane) Miller; infant brother, Jacob Miller; and all her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.