We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Oak Park Hills Chapel
Lorraine M. Botsford
Aug. 6, 1925 – Aug. 15, 2022
Lorraine “Red” Botsford, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on the evening of August 15, 2022. She was 97 years old. She is predeceased by her dearly beloved husband Richard "Bud" Botsford of 68 years, her parents Frank and Lillian Pietsch, and brother Edward and sister-in-law Ann Pietsch.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Lorraine developed a love of dancing at age 5 by tap dancing and performing in productions at the State Theatre in Chicago. Lorraine attended high school at St. Catherine’s Academy in Chicago, and during that time she met the love of her life (Bud) at an ice cream parlor. After high school, Lorraine worked at Travelers Insurance until Bud and her were married. They moved to St. Charles, LA, where Bud was stationed in the US Army Air Corps. While Bud served his country during WW II in England, Lorraine volunteered with the Red Cross at Chicago Memorial Hospital, these volunteers were also known as “candy stripers” because they wore red-and-white striped pinafores. All the while, Lorraine found time to write letters to Bud every day while he was in England. After Bud was discharged from service, they purchased their first home in Moline, IL.
In 1955, they moved to San Francisco, then shortly afterwards, they purchased their life-long home in Walnut Creek where they raised their family. Lorraine continued her love of dance by joining the Legato Dance Club in Concord. Lorraine also kept fit by exercising daily along with “The Jack LaLanne Show”, and by working at the Jack LaLanne Health Spa in Walnut Creek.
Lorraine enjoyed many pleasures in her long life. Such as, camping with family, dancing, Bingo, Pinochle, her pet dogs, going to the movies, and traveling by motorhome with their RV group – sometimes taking along grandchildren, following her favorite baseball team the Oakland A’s, and watercolor painting. Many of her travels were inspiration for numerous paintings that she produced while traveling.
In the early 1970’s, Lorraine enrolled in Art classes at Diablo Valley College. She benefited by studying with several nationally known prominent artists such as Jade Fon, and Millard Sheets. Often painting on location, she painted many local and historical scenes. Preferring the traditional style, she expressed herself in a variety of subjects specializing in watercolor scenes and portraits. Lorraine was a signature member of the Society of Western Artists, and she was a member of several art associations, including the California Watercolor Association. Among her accolades were the Grumbacher Gold Medal for Best of Show, and two Silver Medals. In addition, Lorraine received numerous awards at County Fairs, as well as many judged shows throughout the San Francisco/East Bay Areas. Her love for the San Francisco Bay Area is prevalent in many of her works, in that she captured the beauty and history of many landmarks of the area. Lorraine's artwork has been shown in many commercial and private collections in the United States, Mexico, and Japan. She also exhibited with several business establishments and galleries throughout the East Bay Area.
Lorraine (and Bud) were active volunteers in the community for over 40 years. Much of their time was with the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, where they helped with the bread program, Meals on Wheels, the trip office as an escort on Casino Bus Trips, prepared food for the bridge and pinochle groups, assist running Bingo, cook for Pancake Breakfasts, and many other Senior Center events. Lorraine and Bud received “Volunteers of the Year” in 2003 during the annual Senior Center recognition event.
Lorraine is survived by her five children and their families, Patrick (Gloria), Gary (Helen), James (Barbara), Mary Kilker, Daniel (Leslie). Together, her children have eleven grandchildren, Michelle, Michael, Kevin, Amanda, Bryan, Nick, Andy, Nicole, Jason, Danny, and Nicole, twenty-seven great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. All of which she was grateful and proud of, and she always showed her undivided love for everyone equally.
She will be greatly missed and was loved by many. Family and friends are welcome to attend any of the following events. Viewing from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Friday, August 26, at Oak Park Hills Chapel, 3111 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA. Followed by a vigil at 6:00 pm, and a Rosary at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA.