Lori Sue Deyo-Obler
January 12, 1957 – January 1, 2020
Lori Sue Deyo-Obler, 62, passed away on January 1, 2020. Lori was born in Hudson, New York on January 12, 1957. She graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Health Administration from the University of Scranton. In 2015, Lori graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University where she earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy while continuing to work full-time. Lori married George Scott Obler in 1989 and moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where she made a loving home.
Lori’s great passion was her work in pediatric physical therapy. She spent her career treating and helping physically and mentally disabled children, which suited her giving and generous heart. Her devotion to the hundreds of patients she treated over 40 years is reflected in the lasting impact she left on the lives of the children and families with whom she worked.
Lori was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend who rarely stood still. Blessed with creativity and a warm smile, it was easy for her to strike up a conversation with anyone around her. In addition to her work, she had a wide variety of interests, including growing and maintaining a thriving collection of orchids. She was also musically talented, proficient in playing the piano, drums, violin, and accordion. Most of all, she loved to laugh with her family and friends while sharing a good bottle of wine. Lori’s friends and family will miss her kindness, generosity, and sense of humor, which brought joy to everyone around her. Her strength and bravery were evident in her willingness to face every challenge head-on and with a smile on her face. The difference she made in the lives of her friends, family, and patients, will carry her legacy forward.
Lori is survived by her parents, Russell and Norma Deyo; her husband, George Scott Obler, her two sons and one daughter, Luke, Caleb, and Madeline Obler; her sister, Amy McAllister; her nephew and niece, Max and Gabi McAllister; her uncle, Richard Deyo; and an army of friends she loved like family. A celebration of her life will be held on January 11, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton, located at 625 NE Mizner Boulevard, Boca Raton, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Wings for Life – Spinal Cord Research Foundation (https://www.wingsforlife.com/us/how-you-can-help/) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html), both charities close to Lori’s heart.
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
Lori Sue Deyo-Obler
have a memory or condolence to add?ADD A MEMORY
January 10, 2020
GREAT PT & ADVOCATE @ JC MITCHELL.
Truly one of a kind.
Our son Adam Susser( quad CP & blind) would light up every time she spoke and they would enjoy a roaring laugh when they worked with each other. Truly a great gifted and very smart lady.
January 7, 2020
As a fellow therapist with whom she freely shared her time, knowledge, hand-crafted tools and expertise, please know that I am forever grateful for Lori's generosity. May we all honor the rich legacy of love and service that she left...
My heart goes out to your family in this time of immense loss!
January 7, 2020
Our daughter, Sydney, who is now 22, was so lucky to have had Lori in her life as her therapist from elementary to middle school and how Lori helped us navigate what was best for our daughter. Lori was very kind and caring, she will truly be missed. Here is a picture of Lori with Sydney and myself back in 2002
January 6, 2020
Lori was such a special lady and her legacy will definitely live on in all the children she helped and parents and therapists she advised. We knew Dr Lori through her work with PBC schools as she was Ben’s PT for the 6 years he attended. She was so much more than just his therapist though, she became Ben’s friend! Through their 6 year friendship/ partnership Lori learnt to understand our non-verbal, medically complex child and he learnt to respect and trust her to push his physical limits.
The reason I included this photo is because it is a favorite memory of ours! Ms Lori and Ms Katie helped prepare Ben for the 10m assisted walk in Special Olympics for 4 years! This photo was from his first year participating. We were all nervous and excited as we knew Ben could do it, but would he do it on the day! He is always the only kid brave enough to do this race at his age and ability level (Go Ben)!!
Anyway the race began and Ben wasn’t moving! Ms Lori and Ms Katie were perplexed, he’d been practicing on the sidelines and moving the walker ok, what was going on????
In this photo you see Dr Lori going over to Ben to understand what was wrong as he was expressing anger! Well Lori and her good buddy had a ‘chat’ and Lori understood from him and figured out he was used to practicing on a smooth surface and the athletics surface has a lot of friction. So we moved him to the pavement of off he went to complete his race!!! Got Gold of course ;)
This is just one tiny example of the small actions Lori did day in and day out that made huge differences in the lives of the special families she served.
We are so sorry for your loss and will be there on Saturday with Lori’s buddy Ben to celebrate the life of a very special lady that we will miss dearlyxxxx
ROGELIO ALBARRAN SUAREZ
January 6, 2020
Dr Lory was an incredible woman. She was devoted to her profession and the special needs childrens. My daughter Paloma Albarran Moya was her patient for almost five years. We have great memories from her as she help us a lot with my special needs daughter. Just as recent as December, she help us to get new braces for my daughter legs through United Way. We are hart-broken, as an angel is now gone. I know her legacy will live forever. Our prayers to her family and friends. Will be there in Jan 11th with our daughter.
Rina, Mark and Nicolas Capozzi
January 2, 2020
Dear, Scott, Madeline, Caleb, Luke and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you...We pray your most beautiful memories of your Wife/Mom will get you through this difficult time.
We were fortunate to have had Lori in our lives. She was an incredible soul and friend! Her endless support to those in need was countless. She has left an unbelievable legacy behind.
God Bless her, she gave so much to those who needed her. Thank you for sharing her with the world. We loved her and will miss her dearly.
Rest in peace Lori. We love you and will miss you.
Rina, Mark and Nicolas