Lorene K. Witthoff, 77, of Jersey Shore, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013, at home.
She was born on Sept. 7, 1935, in Colver, Pa., the daughter of the late John S. and Ann (Sawkin) Gherardi. She was married to E. Milton Witthoff Jr., M.D., with whom she would have celebrated her 56th anniversary on May 3.
Lorene graduated from Ebensburg Cambria High School in 1953 and from Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing in 1956 as a Registered Nurse. She worked in several hospitals throughout her career but spent her last 15 years as a nurse at her husband's family practice until the couple retired from medicine in 1999.
Over the years, Lorene volunteered with many organizations and charities, including the Jersey Shore Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Historical Society, the Junior Women's Club, Relay for Life, Shoes for Shore and the Love Center with the Children's Christmas gift program. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she held many positions on the board of Trustees, chaired various committees and volunteered on others. In addition to cooking, reading, entertaining and doing crafts, Lorene enjoyed her family and doing things for others most of all.
In addition to being predeceased by her parents, Lorene lost an infant daughter, Linnea on June 23, 1967. She is survived by her husband; five children, Lynette M. Flynn and her husband John of San Diego, Mark L. and his fiancee Vergie Lister of Jersey Shore, Luann M. Dunlap and her husband Keith of Mifflinburg, Lonn M. and his wife Carol of Biglerville and Dr. Jenny A. Witthoff and her husband Dr. Art Stitzer of Point Pleasant; five grandchildren, Keenan, Shane and Colin Dunlap of Mifflinburg, and Julia and Lena Witthoff of Biglerville; and her brother, Jerry Gherardi and his wife Flo of Youngstown, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1407 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, followed by a luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church (Kitchen Project) or the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Program.
Arrangements entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore.