Obituary: Lorraine H. "Lola" McKibbon


October 27, 2023

Lorraine Hilda "Lola" McKibbon was born on Sept. 27, 1930, to John and Fannie (Carlson) Sunnarborg in Cloquet. Lola grew up on a farm in Esko with her 11 siblings. She graduated from Esko High School in 1948. Following graduation, she worked at the Esko Creamery. She was united in marriage to Ernest McKibbon in 1950 at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Esko. They were blessed with two children, Darrell, and Keith, and she stayed home to raise them. Lola and Ernest were married for 55 years until his passing in 2005. Lola enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, cooking (her specialty was mojakka), and hunting at the shack in Barnum. She also loved trout fishing and would travel to Canada to catch fish. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lola was the sweetest woman and will be missed for her loving personality and great memory. Lola passed away peacefully with her family by her side telling stories on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Center in Duluth.

Lola is survived by her children, Darrell (Laura Moore) McKibbon of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and Keith (Laurie) McKibbon of Esko; grandchildren, Derek (Lara Hamsher) McKibbon, Ashley (Jake) Winchell, Ryan (Kelly) McKibbon, and Blair (Shae) McKibbon; great-grandchildren, Braydon, Ava, Cierah, Brooklyn, Tennley, Zalia, Zuri, Noah, Briggs, Jude and Quinn; sister-in-law, Claudia Sunnarborg; and many nieces, nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; her parents; and her siblings, Clarence, Mildred, Fred, Johnny, Gladys, Lloyd, Alice, Martin, Doris, Kenneth and Betsy.

Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Esko. A luncheon will follow her service at the church. Inurnment will be in the Apostolic Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are by Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet.

Pine Knot News, Oct. 27, 2023


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