Lorraine Marie (Laaker) Gnuse, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 4, 2018. She was born and raised in Arlington, Nebraska, where she met and married her loving husband Alvin. They moved to Carpinteria in 1960, and raised four daughters here. She and Al were charter members of Faith Lutheran Church, where she was deeply involved in many organizations. She served as a leader in Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, working with their many fund-raising events to make money for world missions. She also worked many years with the Lutheran Braille Workers Organization, printing and mailing Bibles all over the world to the blind and people with limited sight.
Her passion, though, was quilting. She and her quilting group at Faith Lutheran made thousands of quilts which were sent around the world through the organization Lutheran World Relief. In more recent years the quilting group expanded their focus to make baby quilts for Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara through Project Linus.
She was preceded in death by her husband Al, and survived by their four daughters Lana (Dave) Fulwiler of Redmond, Washington, Pam (Vince) Straub of Spring, Texas, Kim Pettit of Carpinteria, and Shelley (Kirk) Takeuchi of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had six grandchildren, three step grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one step great grandchild.
Her Celebration of Life service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church Nov. 29, 2018, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Faith Lutheran Church, 1335 Vallecito Place, Carpinteria, or to Project Linus.