Evelyn Lorraine Kempf, (nee Somers) 85, formerly of Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, passed away at Wayne Woodlands Manor on November 28, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Robert and her daughter, Barbara Ward. Lorraine is survived by brother Jack Somers of Iberia Missouri; daughter Janet Hessling and her husband Jon of Honesdale; daughter Joann Hudak, Ed. D. and husband Joseph of Newfoundland; son-in-law David Ward of Shelburne, Massachuests; grandchildren Erik Hansen of Honesdale, Wesley Torres and wife Nicole of Chicago, Illinois, Johnna Francis and husband Justin of West Warwick, Rhode Island, Jason Hessling and wife April of Archbald, PA, Meredith Hudak of Manhattan, New York City, Jonathan Hudak of Falls Church, Virginia;
great-granddaughter Kiah Hansen of Tom’s River, New Jersey: niece Cindy Cooke, Iberia Missouri, nephews John Somers of Ocala Florida, and Brian Somers of Toms River New Jersey. She is also survived by her loving grand-dogs Petey, Lexi and Titus.
Born in Jersey City, Lorraine moved to Cranford, New Jersey in 1956 with her husband Robert.
She pursued a career in elementary education and graduated from Kean College at the age of 40. Employed as an elementary teacher for the Cranford School District, Lorraine adored her students, influencing countless children with her love and passion for education. After retirement, Lorraine and Robert moved to Wallenpaupack Lake Estates in Lake Ariel where her natural exuberance and infectious personality resulted in many life-long friendships as well as a second career as a substitute teacher for the Western Wayne School District where she was affectionately named "Sarge" by the
Lorraine was an active member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Hamlin, Pennsylvania where she volunteered at the church thrift shop and Saint Catherine’s Guild. In addition, Lorraine loved spending time golfing, exercising, volunteering and above all dancing. Her family sincerely thanks the wonderful staff of Wayne Woodland Manor who loved and cared for her. She found great peace with the wonderful, loving individuals who work hard every day caring for those in need.
Friends may call on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. At Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Hamlin followed by a Mass of Christian burial.
Interment will follow at the Lakeville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 427 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin, PA, 18427.
Arrangements by the James Wilson Funeral Home 143 Gravity Rd. Lake Ariel.
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