OBITUARY

Lydia Diana Henricksen

March 8, 1925May 14, 2018
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Lydia Dina Henricksen March 8, 1925 ~ May 14, 2018

Lydia Henricksen died on May 14, 2018 after a short illness. She was born in 1925, the daughter of August and Margareta Marx of Giessen Germany. She lived through the horrors of World War II and experienced great deprivation and loss. After the war, Lydia met and married an American soldier, Earl Roy Henricksen, the love of her life. In 1953, she and her two daughters followed him to the United States. They lived in Iowa and South Dakota before moving to California in 1959 when Earl was transferred to Fort Ord.

In California, Lydia accepted a position at the old Carmel Hospital which became the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP). She served as the manager of the business office for many years. Lydia loved her job at CHOMP. As the hospital industry changed and grew, Lydia grew along with it. She loved learning and eagerly embraced all the new innovations including computer billing.

During her tenure at CHOMP, Lydia earned a business degree from Santa Clara University and became a top-notch hospital administrator. She told her family that her career at CHOMP was a dream and she loved every minute of it. After she retired from CHOMP, she continued to exercise her skills as a valued financial and medical advisor to a number of elderly clients. She also continued to work at CHOMP as a volunteer.

Lydia was a hard-working and skilled career woman, but she was also the heart and center of her family and much beloved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2015, she worked with her daughter, Renate, to complete a book about her early life in Germany called, A Family Memoir.

Lydia is survived by her brother, Adolf Marx, and her sister-in-law, Irmgard Marx, of Treis, Germany. She is also survived by her four children; Renate Pore of Charleston, WV, Elda Morris of Pacific Grove, CA, Ronald Henricksen of Aptos, CA and Barbara Beals of Penrose, CO; grandchildren; Christina Pore Shorter, Kelly Morris, Sean Morris, Tara Morris Rouse, Edward Henricksen, Teddie Henricksen, Lydia Beals and Robin Beals; thirteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place at The Paul Mortuary Chapel today, Friday, June 1 at 2:30 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Lydia’s honor may be made to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, PO Box HH, Monterey, CA, 93942.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, June 1, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Werner Munzert

May 31, 2018

The news of Lydia's death has made my wife Beate and me dumbfounded and very sad.
My father Willy Munzert was Lydia's a favorite uncle.
From my childhood I can still remember the wedding with Earl and the excursions with you in a big American car.
In 1992 they could visit to my wife and me for the first time in her miraculous native country Pacific Grove in Californien.
Lydia has been glad particularly about the fact that my wife has cooked courts from her native country in Germany, Hessian courts in her wonderful house.
She has told us a lot about Californien and her work in Carmel hospital of Montererey Peninsula. It was her one big joy to show us the hospital. We have made with her very nice excursions to your new native country.
In 1995 occurred in the spring our 2. longer USA trips. We were first with Renate in Charleston / WV and then with Barbara in Boulder.
With Lydia we have gone by the marvellous scenery with many national parks of Boulder to PG. An unforgotten experience.
Then I was still in 1998 during my bicycle tour on the west coast briefly with her. In 1999/2000 we spent the turn of the millennium also in PG. Unforgotten at midnight in Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey.
For the last time we were in 2004 with Lydia after whom we have made a big tour by the hired car by the northwest of the USA.
We have met Lydia once again in 2009 in Lollar, her birthplace.
My woman beat and I will keep Lydia always in recollection.

Cousin Werner Munzert

Connie Hirth

May 18, 2018

I had the privilege to meet Lydia when her Washington DC- Dulles flight back to California was delayed for several hours. She was a strong, intelligent and articulate lady. The one thing I picked up from her was her pride and joy in her family.
Renate has also told me about her Mom’s love of her family, especially all her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. It was honor to have met Lydia, a very special lady. I wish I could have spent more time with her.
May there be comfort to all of Lydia’s family.

Barbara Beals

May 17, 2018

The Colorado Family just feels lost with out this strong woman in our lives.
It would take days to explain how special this Women, Mother, Grandma and Great-Grandmother was to each of us.
She helped shape each of our lives.
She will be dearly missed
Love you, Mom
Barb

Elizabeth Hennessey

May 16, 2018

My condolences to your family. I worked with Lydia at CHOMP many years ago...and learned so much from her. I also learned to polka at her house one Christmas which was delightful. I am so glad she had a long life and many people who loved her. Auf Wiedersehen, Lydia..RIP

Tara Diana Morris -Rouse

May 16, 2018

She is one amazing woman that will truly be missed. She will always be my mentor, my rock. I will miss our conversations. She was always there for me. We will all miss the adventures we had so much fun showing the boys new thing. She absolutely loved it.

Tara Diana Morris -Rouse

May 16, 2018

Oma and her jonny. A very special relationship is all I can say.

Tara Diana Morris -Rouse

May 16, 2018

She loved coming to see her great grandchildren Nathan and Jonny holiday parade at school. Look at that smile.💟

Lydia Beals

May 15, 2018

Oma was my hero, my mentor, and the person I could always talk to. She was an anchor for our family. She taught me some many wonderful things about how to treat others with kindness and respect. She taught me to always keep an open mind, listen, and learn from everything around you. She always made sure that I felt loved and that I knew how amazing I was. She was a survivor. She was brave. She was strong.

I feel so small and lost knowing she is not just a phone call away. The world feels a little less bright without her. I will honor her always through my thoughts and actions. I am so glad that she got to meet and know all of my children. I will forever be honored to be her namesake. I love you Oma.

Little Lydia

FROM THE FAMILY

Lydia's 83rd birthday

FROM THE FAMILY

Christmas

Biography

Lydia Dina Henricksen 1925-2018

Lydia Henricksen died on May 14, 2018 after a short illness. She was born in 1925, the daughter of August and Margareta Marx of Giessen Germany. She lived through the horrors of World War II and experienced great deprivation and loss. After the war, she met and married an American soldier, Earl Roy Henricksen, the love of her life. In 1953, she and her two daughters followed him to the United States. They lived in Iowa, and South Dakota before moving to California in 1959, when Earl was transferred to Fort Ord.

In California, Lydia accepted a position at the old Carmel Hospital which became the Carmel Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP). She served as the manager of the business office for many years. Lydia loved her job at CHOMP. As the hospital industry changed and grew, Lydia grew along with it. She loved learning and eagerly embraced all the new innovations including computer billing. During her tenure at CHOMP, she earned a business degree from Santa Clara University and became a top-notch hospital administrator. She told her family, that her career at CHOMP was a dream and she loved every minute of it. After she retired from CHOMP, she continued to exercise her skills as a valued financial and medical advisor to a number of elderly clients. She also continued to work at CHOMP as a volunteer.

She was a hard-working and skilled career woman, but she was also the heart and center of her family and much beloved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren .In 2015, she worked with her daughter Renate, to complete a book about her early life in Germany called, A Family Memoir.

Lydia is survived by her brother Adolf Marx and her sister-in-law Irmgard Marx of Treis, Germany. She is also survived by her four children, Renate Pore of Charleston, WV; Elda Morris of Pacific Grove, CA; Ronald Henricksen of Aptos, CA; and Barbara Beals of Penrose, CO. Surviving grandchildren include Christina Pore Shorter, Kelly Morris, Sean Morris, Tara Morris Rouse, Edward Henricksen, Teddie Henricksen, Lydia Beals and Robin Beals. She has 13 surviving great-grandchildren and 3 great-great- grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Lydia’s honor may be made to Carmel Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, PO Box HH, Monterey, CA, 93942.