McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC


Lorna J Centofanti

January 26, 1926July 26, 2020

Lorna J. Centofanti (nee Baker) was born on Jan. 26th, 1926 in Fremantle, Western Australia and passed away on July 26, 2020 in Charlotte, NC at the age of 94.

She was married to Gerard (Jerry) Centofanti on April 11, 1944 in Wollongong, NSW Australia.

Lorna arrived in the USA in 1945 on the Lurline, a war bride ship, to await her husband who served in the Pacific theater. She exhibited unbelievable love and courage to leave her family and homeland to start a new life and family with Jerry in the USA. She proudly became a US citizen in 1953.

Lorna accompanied her husband as his career developed from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, finally returning to Merritt Island, FL for their retirement.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, grandmother and great grandmother to a family in both the US and Australia.

She was an honored volunteer at Cape Canaveral Hospital, a skilled knitter, seamstress and a good friend to many. She loved having her own garden and enjoyed her pets. She was a faithful member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Cocoa, FL before moving to Charlotte, NC in 2013.

Lorna is predeceased by her beloved husband Jerry, her parents Henry and Thomasina Baker, her sisters Edith (Thomas) Power, Valmai (Jack) Parkes, and Elsie (Joseph) Bamford.

She is survived by her sister Ina (Alf) Holtz of Western Australia, her sister-in-law Janet (George)Carpenter of AZ, and her brother-in-law John Centofanti of NJ, her son Gerard (Linda) Centofanti of Pennsylvania, Lynette (Tim) Sisson of NC, Gail (Doug) Frankenburg of NC, and Lori (Doug) Fadok of Florida. She was a loving grandmother to nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and their families in the US and Australia.

Although she will be greatly missed, we are comforted to know she is with the Lord and reunited with our beloved father and loved ones.

Her family will always be grateful for the care she received at Brightmore of South Charlotte and The Little Flower Assisted Living Center in Charlotte. Their compassionate care and many kindnesses were deeply appreciated by Lorna’s family.

Due to COVID-19, Lorna will be buried in a private service at Brevard Memorial Park in Cocoa, Florida at a later date.

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Lorna J Centofanti

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