Lorraine “Laurie” (Laak Harkner) Kuohujoki
Lorraine “Laurie” (Laak Harkner) Kuohujoki, 75, of Merrill, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born on January 22, 1947, in Lincoln County and was the daughter of Florence (Laabs) and Wilbur Laak. Lorraine graduated from Merrill High School in 1965 and was a member of St. Stephens United Church of Christ. Lorraine was a kind, loving mother and grandmother. She was a hard worker and enjoyed her job until the age of 63. Over the years, Lorraine was committed to her work at several companies, including Weinbrenner, Wire Products, Semco, and Hurd Millwork. She most loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, family, and her beloved dogs. She was a talented artist, and her creativity also shone through in her love of decorating, as she looked forward to decorating the house for the holidays each year. Lorraine loved animals, nature, reading the Harry Potter series, and sketching, as well as baking for her children and grandchildren.
Lorraine is survived by her children: Todd (Debbie) Harkner of Merrill; Tania (Brandon) Yackle of Downers Grove, Illinois; Troy Harkner of Merrill; and Matthew Kuohujoki of Marshfield. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Ruth Laak, of Wausau; nieces: Kim Laak and Beth (Zach) Brown; grandchildren: DaNika (Alvin Xiong) Harkner, Trey Harkner, Justin Harkner, Kaitlin Yackle, and Lindsey Yackle; and great grandchildren: Paeton, ZaKariah, and AvRiean. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Florence Laak, and her brother, Reverend James Laak.
A private service will be held at the Merrill Cemetery. The family would like to thank Pine Crest West staff and Aspirus Hospice Nurses for the compassionate care they provided our mother. May She Rest In Peace.