Lori Wanner

May 13, 1959February 11, 2011

Lori G. Wanner (1959-2011)

Lori Wanner, 51, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, passed away Feb. 11, 2011.

Lori was born May 13, 1959, in Colorado to Mike and Pat Gaughen. She moved several times with her family before graduating from Glendora High School in 1977.

She found her way back to Colorado when she was hired as a database administrator with Martin Marietta. It was this job that led her to her husband and love of her life, Rick. Lori welcomed Rick’s son Ryan into her life as if he was her own, and she married Rick in 1984.

A year later, the family welcomed their son James. Two years later Gennavieve was born, and soon after Lori entered her next job, that of a full-time mother and homemaker. Lori lived her life for her children. She was at every game and school event. She was involved in every aspect of their lives.

The family relocated to Yardley, Penn., in 1993. They enjoyed their time back east exploring the area with trips including a trip to New York City for Rick and Lori’s 10th wedding anniversary and a trip to Washington, D.C., with their children.

Lori founded a small business in the housecleaning industry in 1995 upon the family’s return to the Denver area. Jim and Genna were her pride and joy and she traveled the country supporting Jim’s sports teams and coaching Genna in her cheerleading endeavors. She never missed her chance to cheer them on as their biggest fan. It was also there that she discovered a hidden talent for scrapbooking and card making. She delighted her family and friends with homemade cards for every holiday, birthday and life event.

In 2001, the Wanners headed south to Chandler, Ariz., after Rick accepted a new position. The family made lifelong friends there, and Lori took great pride in decorating and maintaining what would be her favorite of the family’s homes. During this time, Lori’s loving heart and charitable nature led her to take in to their home a friend of Jim’s who needed support during a tumultuous time.

After two years, Rick returned to Lockheed Martin and the family once again found their way to Denver. Lori’s loving, caring personality led to her calling as a home aide, taking care of the elderly and disabled. This was the perfect job for her, as one of the things she was best at was taking care of people.

A master of the kitchen, Lori delighted in recreating, and usually bettering, dishes they discovered at some of their favorite restaurants. However, her true inner culinary artist shined when it came to making cakes. Her diligent research and skilled hand ensured cakes for her beloved children and grandchildren flawlessly portrayed their favorite cartoon character, action hero or toy. Wedding cakes were also part of her repertoire, and she made the most beautiful cake for their 25th wedding anniversary.

Lori was passionate about her garden. Each year she removed all of the old flowers and replaced them with new ones, adding grandeur of color to the front and back yards. She also took pleasure in harvesting some of the flowers so that the family could enjoy their beauty and aroma indoors as well.

Lori, the glue that held everyone together, has set forth on a new path that God has envisioned for her.

She loved her family more than anything and she is dearly missed by everyone whose lives she touched, especially her husband Rick; her children Jim, Genna, Ryan and his wife Jennifer; her grandchildren Julia and Victoria; her parents, Mike and Pat Gaughen; and her siblings, Michael, Nancy, Karen and Judy.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 18, 2011

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Karen Gaughen

December 15, 2011

My Beautiful Sister -

Don't think of her as gone away-
her journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets-
this earth is only one. . .
Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched. . .
for nothing loved is ever lost-
and she was loved so much.

November 15, 2011


Sister is a lovely word
that always brings to mind
memories of the happiest
and very warmest kind!
Thoughts of you bring memories
through each passing year,
you've been the kind of Sister
who's especially sweet and dear.
If you could read my heart
then you would surely see
with every day that passes by
you mean still more to me.

I miss you and love you more every day!

Kaen Gaughen

May 11, 2011

Lori -

Constantly thinking,
never to be the same,
the tears fall quickly
just hearing your name.

Silence is golden
yet not anymore
silence brings thoughts
I just can't ignore.

The nights are sleepless,
dreams out of reach.
Crying in my pillow
to you I beseech.

Surrounded by family,
I still feel alone.
My heart is so empty,
this pain I must own.

I wish I could hug you
and just see your face.
But now I have memories
to stand in your place.

Gone but not forgotten,
that's what they say.
Of course that is true...
but if only you could of stayed

I Miss you and Love you!!

Sue Ellyne Holmes

March 11, 2011


Rick, Ryan, Jim & Genna,

I feel so bad - I just found out about this from Justen. I have so many pix of you guys when we lived next door to you on W. Toller including many of Justen with the Mickey Mouse hat you brought him back from Disneyland. I too remember the Santa Maria BQ's and taking the kids out trick or treating as well as the garage sales - (complements of your Dad, Rick) Lori and I had a lot of laughs together back then. Although Rich and I divorced we are still good friends. The old neighborhood (I don't live too far from there now.) looks pretty rough. I wish I would've known you guys were back in the Denver area. I would have dearly loved to have reconnected after all these years. I send my prayers to you all and hope that God fills your hearts each and every day with the love she had and has for you. God bless you all and keep you strong. Lots of love, Sue Ellyne Holmes

Karen Gaughen

March 11, 2011

My dearest sister -

If tears could build a stairway and thoughts a memory lane, id walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

No farewell words were spoken, no time to say good bye, you were gone before i knew it and only god knows why.

My heart is still active in sadness and secret tears still flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.

But now i know you want us to mourn for you no more. To remember all the happy times life still has much in store.

Since you will never be forgotten, i pledge you today a hallowed place within my heart is where you'll always stay.

God knows why, with chilling touch, death gathers those we love so much.

And what now seems so strange and dim, will be clear when we meet you again.

Lori, i miss you and love you with all my heart.

February 25, 2011

To Lori's beloved family....You were her life, I remember Lori's stories of her husband, kids, siblings, parents. She opened her home up to us to celebrate the blessed adoption of our beautiful daughter (19 years ago). She could throw a wonderful party. She was very much loved, she left us with wonderful memories. Our prayers are with you all. The Browns, (Gary, Melody and Stephanie)

Debra Olschansky

February 22, 2011

My dearest friend, you were called home. Selfishly I want you here but I know you must have a greater job to do.

Lori’s love and life was her family! Rick and Lori were always dancing…sometimes when there wasn’t even a dance floor. They always looked into each other’s eyes with such love and passion. This was true just few months ago as it was 28 years ago. Rick, you and Lori were partners who shared the truest of souls and this is how it should be.

Lori’s focus for 28 years with the family has been to help her family thrive and to give everything she had to Ryan, Jim and Jenna. She stepped right up to the plate as a “stepmom” to Ryan and simply adored that young boy. Whether Jim was playing sports or Jenna was cheerleading, Lori never missed beat!! “She was the sideline “Poster Mom”. “Have orange slices will travel”

She adored having the grandchildren visit, loved opening her home to everyone and celebrating family, friends, laughter and life. She was my backup as grandma for Donovan, Brianna’s son. She would cancel anything to help Brianna when I couldn’t be there. Of course her gardens were always beautiful for their gatherings and Rick made sure the Santa Maria BBQ was spot on!

Lori was the only person I know who planned their road trips around In-and-Out Burger………Rick was thinking “VEGAS BABY’ and Lori was thnking double meat, extra-cheese + monster sauce special”!!

We will all miss her personal cards. She NEVER missed my birthday, Christmas, Easter, Valentines and Thanksgiving. This was important to her and we have all been the recipients of Lori’s beautiful heartfelt masterpieces.

A fact that every single person here knows about Lori was her LOVE of cheese. She never met a cheese she didn’t love!! Whether it was melted, solid, over-something, under-something, blue, yellow, white, brown, with a rind or without, from France or from Zimbabwe…didn’t matter!! That girl was going to dive in for all it was worth and heaven help you if you interfere with her cheese.

Lori, I honor your life, I thank god everyday for our incredible friendship of 30 years and I pledge to always be there for your family until God calls me home. May the Wanner/Gaughen family always hold dear those special memories………we are all better people because of Lori.


Jerry & Barb Grady

February 20, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeff Holwell

February 19, 2011

Lori was always so kind to me. She believed in me when not many do. I wish I could tell her how much that meant to me. She was loved and will be missed dearly.

Alvina Fabian

February 18, 2011

Rick & Family. I met Lori once in N.Dakota at a reunion.My family and I are deeply sorry for your loss. I pray that your faith will uphold you through the days ahead. God Bless You.
Sincerely, Cousin Alvina(Forsberg)Fabian,Regina,Sask.