Lorraine “Lori” J. Gedye-Litzenberg

September 03, 1952 ‒ January 03, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Lorraine “Lori” J. Gedye-Litzenberg, age 66 of Marion, passed away at her home Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Lori was born on September 3, 1952 in Butler, PA, the daughter of Arthur W. and Katherine (Pfister) Litzenberg. She was a student of Marion Catholic High School and continued her education at Ohio University where she received her Bachelor degree in social work.

Lori devoted her life in the service of others. For over 30 years she worked for Marion County Job and Family Services and retired as their Director. It was there that she touched countless lives and helped to empower people to help themselves. She was a true advocate for anyone in need and her generous spirit was felt by everyone she encountered. She was awarded the Athena Award, which was much deserved for her many efforts in helping others and inspiring young leaders.

She enjoyed 17 wonderful years with her husband, Bill Gedye. Together they lived and loved life. A favorite time of year for them was fall and enjoying the brilliant fall colors brought them much happiness.

She is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Gedye; her girls: Erin (Ian) Litzenberg-Valerio and Dana (Brent) Litzenberg-Plummer; step-children: Jimmy Howell, Larry (Sheri) Howell, Bill (Ashely) Gedye, Jr. and Delores (Pedro) Gedye-Perez; siblings: David (Liz) Litzenberg, Harriet (Harold) Wasserbach and Charlotte (Richard) Obenour; 13 grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews and her faithful four-legged companion, her dog Casey.

Lori is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings: Jack Litzenberg, Bruce Litzenberg, Robert Litzenberg, Shirley Litzenberg and Mary Kaye Emery; and step-son Anthony Howell.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM with a prayer service at 4PM; Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion at 10:30AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to the Marion County Humane Society or American Cancer Society.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the family; condolences may be expressed t the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Lori was a wonderful sister to me and my family! She had a heart of gold! We shared so much together! Her happiest years came when she met Bill and they were married! He was the love of her life! We will miss her dearly!

  • My anut Lori had the soul of a saint. The nicest person you could every meet. She always made me happy whenever I was fortunate to spend time with her. We will miss you and love you always.

  • I am so sorry Dana for the passing of your mom. I am glad her grandchildren got to know her. She raised a beautiful daughter with a heart of gold. She had to be an awesome mom as you are such a beautiful person, mother,wife,and social worker. Much love and sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Lori in years past at Job and Family Services. She was so kind and knowledgeable, also. She was a true advocate for people and was so respected for her leadership. Keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Charlotte, I am so sorry for your loss. I always remember the Litzenbergs as a wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Karen Buday Garver

  • My thoughts and prayers for the family. Lori always had a big welcoming smile for all. I remember how nice she was to welcome the shy new girl to the Agency back in 1980. She was always willing to answer questions and give support. She will be missed by so many.

  • Dana. I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers for you as your Mom makes her celestial transfer

    Phyllis Harover

  • So sorry to hear of Lori’s passing. Working with her at Job and Family Services was a priviledge and I am honored to have shared some of her journey. She will be missed.

  • Lori was such an inspiration for all. She had such a kind heart and so much determination. Her goal- to always do the right thing. I was thrilled when she won the Athena Award. It was so well deserved and she was so humble. Prayers for her family and friends… until we meet again.

  • It was a gift to have an Aunt so close in age as Lori (Lorraine) Litzenberg. As children I and my siblings were always excited going to the little white farm house in Marion, Ohio because we knew Lori would be there to fill or days with happiness and fun. She was always generally excited to see us and showed unconditional love and friendship each time. Even well into adulthood Lori showed the same love and excitement to see me and my family each time we met. The time we spent together will always be a precious and I greatly appreciate and feel grateful for the moments I was able to spend with Lori. Our family will always love Lori and we will greatly miss her. God blessed us giving Lori in our lives.

  • ‘Ode to Lorraine’

    A challenge never too great faced always with unfailing optimism, your love of life,
    sharp wit and spirit was shared and enjoyed by all. In times of sadness and doubt you offered support and hope. These gifts you gave to me and to everyone’s life you touched. Great courage in your life carries us forward in ours.

    Earthly travails now aside, your Savior has called you home to eternal joy. Ever thankful for your presence in my life, may God rest your soul in peace and love.

    George E. Emery, Brother-in-Law (Mary Kay)
    With heartfelt condolences,
    Mr. & Mrs. George E. (Patsy) Emery

  • Thirty six years ago Lori came to me as a client. It didn’t take long to figure out what a kind soul she was. We became very close friends. Over the years I had the pleasure of knowing most of her family members and eventually felt I had become one of her family. She invited me to family dinners where I was welcomed by all of them! Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what. She was my person I told everything to. She listened without judgement, helped me without entitlement, understood without pretension and loved me without conditions. Sometimes she knew me better than I knew myself! A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart true friends will never part. You will always be in my heart Lori! You will always be the best friend I ever had!! Thank you for sharing all the laughter and the tears and some of our best and worst life moments. I love you so much!

  • My prayers and condolences on Lori”s passing. Such a sweet soul and inspiration.
    She brought out the best in everyone she met, and especially in Bill.
    Her celebration in Heaven is going on now and she is shedding no tears and has no regrets. No pain, no sorrow, no more doctors or meds, just joy in the Presence of Jesus.
    May God’s Peace surround you all and strengthen you as you say, “so long”.