Marianne T. Lohrman 1948-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs
THISTLE – Marianne T. Lohrman, originally from Warren, left this world on Monday, May 3, 2021 and became stardust, paving the way for her past loved ones and those to follow. It was incandescent. For 73 years, she shared her warmth, her light and her love. She laughed and cried with us. She created spectacular meals for us. She was a compassionate friend, amazing wife, amazing mother, proud daughter, guide sister, talented gardener and writer, awakened activist and much more.
She was born on January 1, 1948 to Warren de Thaddeus and Irene Was. His father was grinning as he frolicked, his blond hair fluttering in the breeze. She will always be his “Gold button.”
Marianne’s finely honed intellect and natural talents have taken flight in many directions, including as a reporter for the Niles Times and Canton Repository and as a public relations professional for the Hoover Company, Heritage Trust and Southeastern. Wildlife Exhibition. She also obtained a real estate agent’s license, helping many families find their dream home. His lifelong love of books opened doors for him to positions at the Chardon Public Library and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.
The lights of her life will forever be her husband, Eugene “Uncomfortable” D. Lohrman, whom she married in 1968; their two remarkable children, Kirsten and James; and grandchildren, Alexa and Joe.
Her education included graduating from Villa Maria High School in Villa Maria, Pennsylvania in 1966, where she won the Junior Miss Pageant in 1965 during her freshman year. She attended Kent State University, where she met Gene. When Gene was offered a job in South Carolina in 1985, they moved their family to Summerville, SC, where they lived for almost 20 years. It was at Charleston College that Marianne obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature. She and Gene returned to Ohio in 2000 after the loss of their son, Jim, and his father, Thad.
Marianne was a loving force of nature, devoting her energies to being a wife, mother and “Gramee” to her grandchildren, Alexa and Joe. She also enjoyed her time with her mother, Irene, whom she called “Mamusia.”
Butterflies and gardens held a special place in Marianne’s heart, so she and Gene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by visiting Vancouver, BC, Whidbey Island and the historic Butchart Gardens.
His sense of design has allowed him to create a distinctive and comfortable home for family and friends. Cooking was her domain, where she often made incredible appetizers, savory dishes and decadent desserts. The electric kettle was always on for tea, ready to welcome visitors.
Marianne deeply appreciated the spoken word and the written word. She wrote poetry, short articles and exquisite letters to family and friends. In an article on the healing power of butterfly gardens, she wrote: “Why does the sight of a butterfly fill me with a joy that makes my heart grow? Is it the beauty of the form? The color display? The delicacy of movement? Can it be something that comes close to the divine? So many famous artists paint angels with large, bird-like wings. I smile as I imagine teenage angels with butterfly wings. Soft, colorful, silent. “
She looked for opportunities to fill a need and share her voice. Marianne was a natural leader and welcomed many people to a variety of life affirming organizations. In memory of her son, Jim, she used her grieving experience to support other grieving parents. She became an active member of The Compassionate Friends Charleston, SC chapter and later the Geauga County chapter, contributing newsletter articles and meeting with parents who had lost their children. She used that same compassion through the Sjögren Syndrome Foundation. She was a certified laughter yoga practitioner, sharing the power of therapeutic laughter as stress relief. Her fierce love for our American democracy led her to found and create a private Facebook page for women who shared her values and wanted to make a difference. She served on the board of the Burlington Green Homeowners Association.
Marianne left this world as she lived it, with courage and grace.
Survivor are her 52-year-old husband, Gene; daughter, Kirsten Antony (Tracy) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; and grandchildren, Alexa and Joe Antony; her mother, Irene was from Warren; and his sister, Christine Zust (Mark) of Westlake.
She was predeceased by her son, James A. Lohrman; father, Thaddeus Was; and sisters, Phyllis Hare and Janice Douglass.
The family thank the Cleveland Clinic, The Gathering Place, the David Simpson Hospice House and the Hospice Palliative Care Nurses for their loving care of Marianne throughout her two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Due to COVID-19, no viewing or public service is scheduled. The family will be hosting a private life memorial service celebration this summer.
Instead of flowers, the family asks to support one of Marianne’s favorite charities, the World Central Kitchen at https://wck.org.