OBITUARY

Elizabeth Sweeney Lodewick

December 7, 1952March 17, 2014
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Mrs. Elizabeth “Dede” Sweeney Lodewick, of John’s Creek, GA, passed away suddenly on March 17, 2014. Her strength was one of her most enviable attributes as she valiantly battled Lupus for almost 3 decades and Pulmonary Hypertension since 2002. A graduate of Ridgewood High School in N.J., Marymount College in VA., and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth started her career as an elementary school teacher in the suburbs of Maryland. Elizabeth returned home to North Jersey and began her career in the Insurance Industry, starting at New York Life in Manhattan before moving to The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. She retired from Met Life as a Vice President this past January, after 32 years of service. Dede loved the Jersey Shore and had hoped to retire “down the shore” where she could spend time with her husband by her side, watching the kids playing in the sand and listening to the waves crash on the shoreline. Her Irish heritage was always a major source of pride, and it was only fitting that God called her home on St. Patrick’s Day…also the same day Peter had asked her to be his wife 32 years earlier. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her older brother, John “Jack” Sweeney, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Peter B. Lodewick; her parents John and Marion Sweeney of Waldwick, N.J.; her brother Daniel B. Sweeney of Indiana; and 11 adoring nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am on Friday, March 21st at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in John’s Creek, GA. Immediately following the Mass, all friends and family are invited to a reception and slide presentation at the church. For all those family and friends who are unable to make the trip to Georgia at this time, an additional Memorial Mass for Elizabeth will be scheduled in Northern New Jersey later in the year. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Elizabeth’s name to The Pulmonary Hypertension Association, www.phassociation.org or to the Lupus Research Institute, www.lupusresearchinstitute.org

Services

  • Memorial Mass Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Reception Friday, March 21, 2014
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Elizabeth Sweeney Lodewick

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April 18, 2014

Larry Jefferson

March 27, 2014

Liz,
I will always be in your debt not only because you hired me twice at MetLife but because all that you taught me. Your strength and work ethic were amazing. Your wisdom was inspiring. You will be missed by so many but you will be forever in our hearts.

Leslie Sanderson

March 27, 2014

I worked with Liz at MetLife. She had so many wonderful attributes. She provided me with guidance and advice which positively influenced my career at MetLife. In 2012, she was one of the few I approached regarding a decision, I had made to retire. I will never forget how she encouraged me to enjoy my kids and my life! I will always be thankful for our talks...Love you Liz!

Kimberly Foster

March 24, 2014

Liz – You were not only my manager and my mentor…but even more than that you were my friend. I will never forget all that you have taught me and done for me. I already miss you more than I could have ever imagined....

Jennifer Peterson

March 23, 2014

Tara Vo

March 22, 2014

Dear Elizabeth,
I enjoyed talking to you while doing your nails while working at Nail Tech salon. Your life, your strength, your marriage to your husband amazed me. I loved listening to your voice and your story. I'll miss you alsway.

Peter

March 22, 2014

I love you Dede Sweeney!

Jennifer Peterson

March 22, 2014

Jennifer Peterson

March 22, 2014

Danny Purvis

March 19, 2014

Aunt Dede you will be forever in our hearts. Love and miss you.