Lorraine Mitchum

Obituary of Lorraine Castengera Mitchum

Lorraine Castengera Mitchum, 79, passed away peacefully on a Sunday morning, August 27, 2023. Her husband, Tom, her daughter, Lisa DuBose, and her brother, Philip, were with her in her final moments.  

She was born December 16, 1943, during the height of WWII, in Perth, Western Australia, to Eileen (Dixey) and William Castengera. With the end of the war, they moved back to America.  Lorraine was the first of seven children. She graduated from Bishop England high school.  

Lorraine’s first job was as a switchboard operator for Southern Bell Telephone and then later for Piggly Wiggly Carolina. She was promoted to administrative assistant for the president of the company. Retiring after 40 years, Lorraine enjoyed her time in her garden, going on nature hikes with her husband, painting, drawing and was an avid reader. Sometimes reading as many as three books at one time. She loved exploring museums and art galleries.  

Lorraine was the epitome of kindness and her generous heart seemed boundless. She made friends and left a bit of joy everywhere she went.  

Lorraine left behind many family and friends. Along with husband, Tom, and daughter, Lisa, she leaves behind two step daughters, Shannon Noble (Marc) and Nina Chitty (Roger); five brothers, Bill Castengera (Robyn), Philip Castengera (Sally), Michael Castengera, Robert Castengera (Cary), James Castengera; six grandchildren, Austin Duncan, Amanda Buzar (Justin), Hannah Chitty, Bella Chitty, Luke Noble, Martha Noble, and one great granddaughter, Sydney Eileen Buzar. 

There will be a celebration of life on September 24 from 4pm to 6pm at Christ Our King Catholic Church in Grace Hall, 1149 Russell Dr, Mt Pleasant, SC. If possible, please come with a story or two of Lorraine to share. 


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