OBITUARY

Mrs. Lorraine M Blakeley

April 8, 1918April 1, 2018
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BLAKELEY, Lorraine Marie 99, died on Easter Sunday morning, April 1, 2018 at Arbor Oaks at Tyrone, St. Petersburg, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert in 2004. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she graduated from Langley High School, attended art school and secretarial courses before working for Horne's Department Store as a bookkeeper. During WWII, she worked as a reservationist for the B&O Railroad. After relocating to St. Pete Beach in 1956, she was a homemaker raising her two children and enjoying the beach life. Beginning in 1964 , she was a beloved pre-school teacher for the Pass-a-Grille Community Church for 12 years, retiring in 1976. She continued her other church activities such as playing the organ on the Annual Christmas Caroling Barge. She assisted in the design of the stained glass window in the rear of the Church's Sanctuary and the confirmation medallions. Lorraine continued to display her natural artistic talent in pastel and oil, winning First Place Award in the Suntan Art Center's portrait and miniature art categories. She loved her dogs Beau and MacGregor, cats Inky and Poufie and enjoyed arranging and artfully displaying her beautiful angel collection and flower arrangements. She remained in her Belle Vista beach home until the age of 98, moving to Arbor Oaks, much to the delight of the nurses and aides who lovingly cared for her, many of her angels and family portraits she had painted decorated her spacious room. She is survived by her son, Loren Blakeley and his wife Donna of South Pasadena, FL, her daughter Gale Reilly of Dade City, FL, and her son, Matthew Reilly of Orlando, out of state nephew, William Schwartz and nieces Cynthia Johnson and Jennifer Schwartz. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at Beach Memorial Chapel, 301 Corey Ave St. Pete Beach, FL on her 100th birthday, April 8, 2018 from 3 to 6 PM. Memorial donations may be sent to Suncoast Hospice or no-kill animal shelters such as Pet Pals or the Humane Society of Pinellas County.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beachmemorialchapel.com for the Blakeley family.

  • FAMILY

  • Loren (Donna) Blakeley, Son
  • Gale Reilly, Daughter
  • Matthew Reilly, Grandson
  • William Schwartz, Nephew
  • Cynthia Johnson, Niece
  • Jennifer Schwartz, Niece
  • DONATIONS

  • Suncoast Hospice
  • No-kill animal shelters such as Pet Pals
  • Humane Society of Pinellas County

Services

  • Gathering of Friends Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Rememberance Service Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Fellowship Gathering Reception Sunday, April 8, 2018
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Mrs. Lorraine M Blakeley

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Diana Sames

May 18, 2018

Reflecting on time, maybe, I only saw her 10 times in the 20 years she was my neighbor. She was a consistent "Treasure" every time I would pop in on her on holidays, like Easter or Christmas. She loved the garden and her flowers, she was always smiling and attentive and giving.
Truly the people we meet in life are indeed the flowers of our life.
Celebrating 100 years Lorraine! Your amazing life will continue to inspire me.
Thank you for this Memorial presentation to share for generations.

sALLY yODER

April 16, 2018

My sympathy to Loran and Donna on the recent passing of your Mom..she was a sweet sweet lady, always ready to chat and listen, she taught pre-school to my daughter Wendy at the church,,,,so kind...a great Mother too..RIP Lorraine..you are in a wonderful place with the Lord..prayers to all, Sally

Lois Raffel

April 6, 2018

Lorraine was a sweet lady and a good neighbor.
I used to like to visit with her among all her angels and listen to stories of the beach in the old days.
My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences to the Blakeley family.

Cynthia Lorraine Johnson( Schwartz)

April 6, 2018

Cindy Johnson

April 6, 2018

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Biography

BLAKELEY, Lorraine Marie 99, died on Easter Sunday morning, April 1, 2018 at Arbor Oaks at Tyrone, St. Petersburg, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert in 2004. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she graduated from Langley High School, attended art school and secretarial courses before working for Horne's Department Store as a bookkeeper. During WWII, she worked as a reservationist for the B&O Railroad.
After relocating to St. Pete Beach in 1956, she was a homemaker raising her two children and enjoying the beach life. Beginning in 1964 , she was a beloved pre-school teacher for the Pass-a-Grille Community Church for 12 years, retiring in 1976. She continued her other church activities such as playing the organ on the Annual Christmas Caroling Barge. She assisted in the design of the stained glass window in the rear of the Church's Sanctuary and the confirmation medallions.
Lorraine continued to display her natural artistic talent in pastel and oil, winning First Place Award in the Suntan Art Center's portrait and miniature art categories. She loved her dogs Beau and MacGregor, cats Inky and Poufie and enjoyed arranging and artfully displaying her beautiful angel collection and flower arrangements. She remained in her Belle Vista beach home until the age of 98, moving to Arbor Oaks, much to the delight of the nurses and aides who lovingly cared for her, many of her angels and family portraits she had painted decorated her spacious room.
She is survived by her son, Loren Blakeley and his wife Donna of South Pasadena, FL, her daughter Gale Reilly of Dade City, FL, and her son, Matthew Reilly of Orlando, out of state nephew, William Schwartz and nieces Cynthia Johnson and Jennifer Schwartz.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at Beach Memorial Chapel, 301 Corey Ave St. Pete Beach, FL on her 100th birthday, April 8, 2018 from 3 to 6 PM. Memorial donations may be sent to Suncoast Hospice or no-kill animal shelters such as Pet Pals or the Humane Society of Pinellas County.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beachmemorialchapel.com for the Blakeley family.