It is with broken hearts that we, the family of our beloved Lorraine Kinnear, share the news of the final surrender of this beautiful and vibrant woman to her God. Lorraine peacefully passed away surrounded with the love of her family on May 19, 2020 at the age of 81 years.
Lorraine Marcene Tronsgard was born in Swift Current, Sask. on January 2nd, 1939 to parents Adolph “Bob” and Phyllis Tronsgard. When she was two Lorraine’s father, whom she called her Bobby Daddy, left her and her mother for a time to serve overseas in the Second World War. On his return, Bob Tronsgard remained in the Royal Canadian Air Force and Lorraine, along with her three younger siblings, spent many years stationed with their parents in Air Force bases across Canada, from Fort Nelson, British Columbia to Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
In 1972, at the age of 33, Lorraine’s life was forever changed when she met the man she always claimed she had seen in a dream. On March 14, 1974 she married that man, John William Kinnear, and spent the next 46 blessed years with her mountain-man coal miner. John readily embraced her two daughters, Kelly Ann and Tracy Ann, who were ten and fourteen and with love and guidance they sent them forth to make their way in the world.
Lorraine was renowned for her ability with animals and raised all manner of dogs, cats and large tropical birds; she had a unique way with all God’s creatures and each and every one of them became inextricably bound to her because of her innate ability to foster trust and the bond of love. She never relented in her commitment to any animal that she welcomed into her life.
Lorraine loved to dance and for many years she and John travelled all across Alberta in their motorhome to dance at various jamborees. She and John danced as one on the dance floor and in life. Through these travels, she fostered hundreds of dancing friends all of whom were captivated by her kind, gracious nature, gentle manner and winning smile that could put anyone at ease.
Lorraine always “dressed to the nines” and put her best foot forward at all times. Lorraine’s well-known hallmark was the pink stripe in her hair that she started wearing in 2007 after her sister-in-law, Nancy Kinnear, developed cancer. She continued this tribute (always tastefully done) even after Nancy’s passing in 2015 and right to the very end of her life.
Lorraine is survived by her beloved husband, John Kinnear of Coleman, AB; daughters, Kelly Ann Forster of Courtney, BC and Tracy Ann Atwood of Sarnia, ON; grandchildren, Joshua (Bree) Forster and James (Ali) Forster of Powell River, BC, John Forster of Courtney, BC, Christie McKercher of Saskatoon, SK, Alexander (Ramona) Moilliet of Gibson’s Landing, BC, Jodi (Ryan) Nesbitt of Whitehorse, YT; great grandchildren, Austin McKercher, Alexia-Rose Machiskinic, Eevee Forster, Ky Forster, Gabreal Nesbitt, Isaac Nesbitt and Abigail Nesbitt, sister, Shirley (Gerry) Frost; brother, Richard Tronsgard of Qualicum Beach, BC, and Janice (Carlo) Culig of Strathmore, AB along with many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; extended family and a multitude of dear friends.
Lorraine was predeceased by her parents Phyllis Tronsgard in 1983 and Adolph Tronsgard in 1995.
With respect for Lorraine’s wishes, a special celebration of her life will be held in safer times when all her friends and family can be invited to come together to acknowledge a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, Lorraine has asked that any memorial donations be directed towards charities that she and her family supported such as the MS Society, STARS Air Ambulance, Operation Smile, the CNP SPCA. or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403) 562-8555