OBITUARY

Jane Lorenz Crecelius

July 6, 1924September 16, 2019

Jane Lorenz Crecelius, 95, of Crescent Hill in Louisville, KY went home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 16, to join her beloved husband, Thomas Turner Crecelius. She was the daughter of Carl Wilton and Harriette Rowland Lorenz. Jane graduated from Atherton High School and the University of Louisville with a degree in Chemistry, before working for the United States Army Map Service. Jane and her husband later owned and operated a pharmacy in Irvington, KY in the 1950s. She was a long-time member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church and continued to participate in church activities into her 90s.

Jane loved to play games with her grandchildren and bridge with her friends. She also had a true green thumb and loved to be in her back yard, tending to her garden and bird feeders. Jane had great talent and passion for her clarinet and her sewing and knitting. Jane performed in many bands throughout her life, including being a charter member of the River City Concert Band, Crescent Hill Baptist Church Orchestra, Indiana University Southeast Concert Band, and The Hot Brats, a small German band that held weekly spirited rehearsals in her living room. She created many beautiful quilts and rugs. For many years she contributed her time and talents to the Cabbage Patch Settlement House supporting at-risk children and families. Many of her friends and relatives have hand-knitted dishcloths in their kitchen thanks to Jane.

Jane was preceded by her two sisters, Elise Lorenz Hoffman and Hilda Lorenz Miller, and her daughter-in-law, Patricia Flynn Crecelius. Jane is survived by her brother, Charlie Lorenz; three children: Jeff, Sue (Denward), and William (Anne); seven grandchildren: Kate (Conor), Tom (Lauren), Samuel, Eleanor, Sarah, William, and Anna; three great grandchildren: Clare, Ryan, and Sarah; and eight nieces and nephews: Mike, Rusty, LuAnn, Lucy, Steve, Nancy, Emily, and Sally.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1pm on Monday, September 23, at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, with interment at Resthaven Memorial Park and Cemetery, 4400 Bardstown Road. Visitation will be at the church from 11am - 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be sent to Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206.

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  • Visitation Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Celebration of Jane's Life Monday, September 23, 2019

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Debbie Williams

September 21, 2019

Jane was my “pew buddy” for many years at church after she “retired” from the choir and I also became her designated driver to Lee’s every Sunday when she gave up driving. She insisted on offering anyone who drove her anywhere a knitted dish cloth as a way of expressing her thanks. I treasure them all and made a quilt out of some of them. I adored her and will remember her for her many kindnesses to me and to so many others through her gifts of music, crafts and hospitality. I wish I could have just one more meringue cookie or slice of her homemade bread.

Lu Ann Petty

September 18, 2019

Jane and I were friends for 36 years. We played together in River Cities Concert Band. After my retirement we played clarinet duets in her living room for many years. She also taught me to knit and quilt which I still enjoy. She was a wonderful, talented, Christian lady and such a great example for everyone. I will really miss her.

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Biography

Jane Lorenz Crecelius, 95, of Crescent Hill in Louisville, KY went home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 16, to join her beloved husband, Thomas Turner Crecelius. She was the daughter of Carl Wilton and Harriette Rowland Lorenz. Jane graduated from Atherton High School and the University of Louisville with a degree in Chemistry before working for the United States Army Map Service. Jane and her husband later owned and operated a pharmacy in Irvington, KY in the 1950s. She was a long-time member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church and continued to participate in church activities into her 90s.

Jane loved to play games with her grandchildren and bridge with her friends. She also had a true green thumb and loved to be in her back yard, tending to her garden and bird feeders. Jane had great talent and passion for her clarinet and her sewing and knitting. Jane performed in many bands throughout her life, including being a charter member of the River City Concert Band, Crescent Hill Baptist Church Orchestra, Indiana University Southeast Concert Band, and The Hot Brats, a small German band that held weekly spirited rehearsals in her living room. She created many beautiful quilts and rugs. For many years she contributed her time and talents to the Cabbage Patch Settlement House supporting at-risk children and families. Many of her friends and relatives have hand-knitted dishcloths in their kitchen thanks to Jane.

Jane was preceded by her two sisters, Elise Lorenz Hoffman and Hilda Lorenz Miller and her daughter-in-law, Patricia Flynn Crecelius. Jane is survived by her brother, Charlie Lorenz; three children: Jeff, Sue (Denward), and William (Anne); seven grandchildren: Kate (Conor), Tom (Lauren), Samuel, Eleanor, Sarah, William, and Anna; three great grandchildren: Clare, Ryan, and Sarah; and eight nieces and nephews: Mike, Rusty, LuAnn, Lucy, Steve, Nancy, Emily, and Sally.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1pm on Monday, September 23, at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, with interment at Resthaven Memorial Park and Cemetery, 4400 Bardstown Road. Visitation will be at the church from 11am - 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be sent to Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206.