Lorraine Martha Halli (1921 - 2006)

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Lorraine Martha Halli
1921 - 2006
April 27, 1921
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota United States
September 7, 2006
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota United States
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Lorraine Martha Olsen
Lorraine Martha Halli was born on April 27, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. She is the child of Dilip Mahto. She died on September 7, 2006 in Saint Paul, Minnesota United States at age 85. We know that Lorraine Martha Halli had been residing in Lakeville, Dakota County, Minnesota 55044.
Updated: May 9, 2022
Lorraine's parents were Arthur and Lillie (Walstad) Olsen. In the 1930 Federal census, Lorraine was 8 years old and living with her parents and siblings Ward, Lyle, Audrey, and Margaret in Minneapolis MN. Both of her parents were born in MN. In the 1940 Federal census, Lorraine was 18, still living at home, and working as a policy writer, full time. Also in the household were Lyle, Audrey, Margaret, and Arthur, her siblings. She married Matt August Halli CM3 US Navy, 1919-1997, on November 14, 1944 in Hennepin MN and they had daughter Joanne (Halli) Sjoberg, Charlie, and Kathy. Matt's mother was Kaisa "Kate" Sophia Vuoti, born in Finland, and Erick Halli, also born in Finland. See Lorraine Martha Halli: Obituary to read Lorraine's obituary from the StarTribune.
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Lorraine Martha Halli
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Lorraine Martha Halli
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Lorraine Martha Olsen
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Lakeville, Dakota County, Minnesota 55044
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Lorraine Halli was born on in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota United States
Lorraine Halli died on in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota United States
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Ft. Snelling National Cemetery Section 4-C Site 696 7601 34th Avenue, South, in Minneapolis, Minnesota 55450
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The StarTribune, September 8 2006: Lorraine M. (Olsen) Halli Halli, Lorraine M. (Olsen) Passed away September 7th, 2006, in the 86th year of a fully lived life. She is survived by children, Joanne Sjoberg of Lakeville, Charlie Halli of Canton, South Dakota, and Kathy (Tom) of Gig Harbor, Washington; seven grandchildren, seven step- grandchildren, one great-grandchild; a brother, Arthur (Doris) of Boulder, CO; and many nieces and nephews. She was born in Minneapolis, MN April 27, 1921, and graduated from Washburn High School in 1938. With her husband Matt, she raised three children, first in Eden Prairie, then Beaverton, OR, finally settling in Lakeville, where she has lived for 44 years. A prolific, lifelong writer, her largely inspirational work appeared often in national publications. During 17 years with the Lakeville School District, she was Editor of the District Newsletter, and worked in the Kennedy Elementary School Library. She had a deep faith in God, and treasured her dear friends at Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Burnsville, and now Messiah Lutheran Church in Lakeville. An intelligent woman of many talents, she loved her late-night solitude, with its books, papers, sharp pencils, and the sound of the keyboard - almost as much as she loved time with her family and friends. She was a wonderful mother, a beloved grandmother, who will be remembered always for her kindness, generosity, patience, and her endlessly cheerful attitude. She loved greatly and was loved in return. We will always miss her bright smile, just as we will always hear her cheerful voice reminding us to look on the bright side. Lorraine was predeceased by her husband, Matt; her parents; siblings, Ward, Lyle, Audrey and Margaret; and her son-in-law Wayne Sjoberg. Visitation will be held from 5-7pm, Sunday September 10th, at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville. A celebration of Lorraine's life and a reception will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, September 11th, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 16725 Highview Avenue, Lakeville. Interment Fort Snelling. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in Lorraine's name.

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In 1921, in the year that Lorraine Martha Halli was born, in May, the Emergency Quota Act - or Emergency Immigration Act - was passed. The law restricted the number of immigrants to 357,000 per year. It also established an immigration quota in which only 3 per cent of the total population of any ethnic group already in the USA in 1910, could be admitted to America after 1921. Although the Act was supposed to be temporary, it stayed in effect until 1965.

In 1951, when she was 30 years old, on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

In 1969, she was 48 years old when one hundred countries, along with the United States and the Soviet Union signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT). It called for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the goal of nuclear disarmament.

In 1971, when she was 50 years old, on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.

In 1993, by the time she was 72 years old, on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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