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Lorann Siddall passed away June 15, 2017 at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge with her family by her side. She was 74 years old. She had recently moved from Kalkaska to South Carolina to be closer to family. Lorann was born in Detroit on Aug. 29, 1942 to Geraldine Opalewski and Elden Hatfield.
She grew up in Webberville, graduating from high school in 1960. Lorann desired to help others in need. This desire led her to nursing, graduating from Hurley Hospital School of Nursing in 1963.
Lorann was employed by Lansing General Hospital on the Pediatric Unit. This was where she met the love of her life, John Siddall. Who knew asking her out on a dare would lead to 49 wonderful years of marriage? They were married in 1965 and blessed with two wonderful children.
Her professional accomplishments included pediatric charge nurse and director of extended care facilities in Lansing and Roger City, real estate agent, broker/owner of Century 21 in Traverse City and member of Board of Realtors in Traverse City.
Lorann retired from real estate and spent the rest of her life giving back to the communities that she lived in. This dedication allowed her to serve in many different capacities which included Hospital Follies producer (Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital), Festival of Trees Celebration (Osteopathic Hospital and Kalkaska Interfaith Resources), Zonta International Women's Club and many more.
Lorann is survived by her children, Mark and Shannon (Chris); four grandsons; six great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Karen Hatfield, Elden (Rusty) Hatfield, Robin Hatfield and David Hatfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Siddall; her parents Gerry/Harold Opalewski and Elden Hatfield.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at The Kalkaska Funeral Home at 4 p.m. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. The family invites you to a light meal immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lorann's name to KAIR, PO Box 766, Kalkaska, MI 49646.
Lorann enjoyed traveling, golfing, a good party, family gatherings and making her famous cookies for those who helped her. She was a classy lady who will be greatly missed. She will always be known as the "Princess in Training."
Arrangements are entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on June 21, 2017
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