Lorraine Bliss, 93, Arlington


Lorraine Bliss “Ma Bliss,” age 93, of Arlington, peacefully passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, surrounded by her family and friends on Friday, Aug. 3.
A memorial service will be held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
Interment will be in the Arlington Public Cemetery.  
Luncheon and fellowship will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington.
Lorraine was born to Martin and Esther (Wallert) Tolzman in Renville on April 9, 1925.
In 1943 she graduated from both Harding High School and Lee’s Beauty School in St. Paul.
She married Chuck Bliss on August 2, 1947. On April 1, 1950, they moved to Arlington, where they raised their family of four children. Lorraine had a beauty shop located in her home for many years. She also volunteered driving for seniors at Trailblazers, which she said was her best job ever. She loved crocheting for the veteran homes, and doing crossword puzzles. She was an avid reader of novels and loved to travel in her later years. She enjoyed having big family get togethers, and also driving her convertible up through her 90s.
Lorraine is survived by her children, Greg Bliss of Anchorage, Alaska, Susan Bliss-Haas of Belle Plaine, and Bob (Susan Kreger) Bliss of Chaska; grandchildren, Nathen (Tami) Bliss, Trisha (fiancé, David Caplan) Swick, Jennifer (Nathan) Grapentine, Joshua (Courtney) Haas, Lindsay (Keith) Kokoska, Crystal (Corey) Bliss, and Lexie Bliss; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Gilbert Tolzman; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chuck; baby boy at birth; son, David Bliss; grandson, Dahren Bliss; daughter-in-law, Valerie Bliss; great-granddaughter, Taylor Bliss; sister-in-law, Nettie Tolzman; and special friend, Ray Moran.
In lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity.
Lorraine had a joyful sense of humor that she carried all the way to the very end.  She was always so thankful, and grateful for the many blessings she had.  She was a beautiful and gracious woman who touched so many lives. She was a mother to many, not just her own children. She was loved by so many and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  We were so blessed to have her in our lives.