Hope Elaine Lohrke
May 25, 1923 – July 22, 2020
Hope Elaine (Newton) Lohrke, 97, of Albion passed peacefully on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Marshall Nursing and Rehab. She was born May 25, 1923 in Greenville, MI, the daughter of EJ and Ella Sue (Greenman) Woodworth. They moved to Albion when Hope was in the 9th Grade, and she graduated from Albion H.S. in the class of 1941. She married Leonard Lohrke,Jr. on October 24, 1942 in Kentucky before Jr. shipped out to fight in World War II.
Hope was a selfless, caring woman who suffered the loss of a daughter and a son in the prime of their lives, yet she persevered in spite of it. She had a generous spirit and her door was always open. She was her family’s rock - a calming, stable and steady presence, fiercely loyal, and endlessly willing to lend a helping hand. She loved watching her Detroit Tigers and feeding the wild birds, raccoons, skunks and deer that paraded through her yard on Irwin Avenue, as well as taking in the strays she never had the heart to turn away. She and Jr. spent many winters traveling to California and Mexico in their fifth wheeler. Hope was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Friendship League, and she was both a Camp Fire Girls and Horizon Club Leader.
Hope is survived by son Leonard D. (Elaine) Lohrke, III of Homer. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jr., her daughter, Kathleen Benden, and her son, Lee Roy “Joe” Lohrke. Due to COVID-19, a memorial will be planned for a later date. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Arrangements by the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, MI 49224
Memorial Service at a later date
Hope Elaine Lohrke
August 3, 2020
This beautiful woman held a special place in my heart!! I had the privilege of working with her in therapy at Marshall Nursing and Rehab. She would wheel down to the gym in her wheelchair and rock back and forth while looking in on us until we noticed her and started talking. Some days she would wheel in right up to me and tap on my shoulder. She loved to be in the action 😊 She was my friend!!
Every time I walked by, I made sure to wave to her because she was always watching!! She enjoyed chatting if you took the time to engage with her. And she LOVED dressing up, putting her jewelry on, and having her hair JUST right 💕 We would spend 20 minutes prepping to leave her room 🥰 At first, I dreaded it...then I grew to love it because I saw myself in her particular ways. She took pride in order and neatness.
We enjoyed looking at her picture books that family sent in, especially during times when she was bored or upset....they helped to calm her down and distract her from whatever was bothering her.
I LOVED this special lady!! I resigned from the nursing home at the end of February and had planned to come back to visit her , but COVID hindered that 😓 I know she is resting in peace now💕 Her hair probably looks perfect, she has her finest jewelry on, her Kleenex box next to her, and she is wearing her favorite white cardigan sweater 🥰 Love you Hopey!!!!
July 24, 2020
Hope I will forever cherish the times I had with you even when you was down an out God gave you strength to still get up an walk when you just turning 91 after hip surgery, I'm taken this really hard my prayers remains for the family your son is lucky to have you up in heaven even though your grandson an I are no longer together I have to say he thought the world of you I'm blessed to be able to chrisiah the little memories I do have with you fly high I hope you are dancing in the sky 🙏❤️
Forever will be remember an missed by me ☹️
July 23, 2020
I knew Hope for many years, we belong to the garden club for many years, Hope was a very quite person and easy to get along with.
my prayers are with her family