Anna Lorraine Pantages, age 89, quietly passed on December 5th, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Anna, better known as “Lorraine”, was born on April 19th, 1923 to Martha Cecelia (Bonilla) and Manuel Lawrence George in Los Altos, CA where she resided all her life with the exception of a short period after marriage and the last 14 years of retirement. Lorraine attended the local grammar school and graduated from Mountain View High School. She was an accomplished accordion player at an early age and during the W.W. II era played many USO gatherings as a trio with her brother Manuel on saxophone and sister Barbara on the bass violin. During the war years she worked as a draftsman for Joshua Hendy Iron Works in Sunnyvale as well as National Motor Bearing Co. in Redwood City. After a brief courtship, Lorraine married George Pantages of San Mateo on October 27, 1946. Their marriage was really a W.W. II love story and culminated in being together for the next sixty-six years.
After raising five children, she joined George in the operation of his business, Knight’s Pharmacy in Mountain View, where they worked in tandem for the next twenty-five years. She played a very active part in the operation and was responsible for much of its success. Lorraine actively took part in many of the activities of local service clubs and civic organizations, hosting many “Days at The Races” at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, a fundraiser she loved doing and always looked forward to. In her later years she became interested in playing the organ and became quite proficient. She won an award for her efforts in October 2009 at an Oktoberfest competition, receiving the “Judges Choice Award” for creativity and musical ability.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Manuel, and sisters Winifred, Evelyn, and Barbara. She is survived by her husband George, children Judy, Sandra, Sage, Tony, Alex and daughters-in-law Suzanne (Tony) and Maria (Alex), and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Justin.
A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, January 16th at 11am at St. Nicholas church in Los Altos. A reception will follow at First and Main Restaurant in downtown Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation in Las Vegas.
She will always be remembered for her genuine respect of others and an outgoing personality that remains her trademark.