Loretta Troyer

Loretta (Lorrie) Edwards Troyer, 85, a longtime Oak Park resident, has died. Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on Nov. 13, 1935, to Raymond Edwards, and Lee (Lina) Feindert, she graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School and studied nursing at Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) in Pittsburgh, where she met William (Bill) G. Troyer Jr., a University of Pittsburgh medical student.

They married in 1959 and soon moved to multiple new cities where they made lifelong friends and their children were born, including Oklahoma City; Durham, North Carolina; and Adelphi, Maryland, outside Washington D.C., where she was accepted to Catholic University for a Master’s in Nursing program. After Bill’s discharge, the family moved to Madison, Wisconsin. She returned to D.C. the next year to finish her degree before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin’s Nursing and Rehabilitation teaching hospital.

In 1974, the family moved to Oak Park, where she continued her career, first at the University of Illinois School of Nursing and later with the Oak Park Health Department. Later the couple traveled extensively, including to Egypt, China, Hong Kong, and Tibet. She loved visits with her grandchildren.

Lorrie Troyer was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Howard Edwards. She is survived by her sister, Alberta King and brother, Robert Edwards; her children, William (Bill) G. Troyer III, Steve Troyer (Presley Stokes), Judy Deogracias (Richard); and five grandchildren, Wade Troyer, Amelia Troyer, George Troyer, and Raymond and Lourdes Deogracias; and her great-granddaughter, Seraphina Loretta O’Leary, who arrived three days after her passing. 

A celebration of life will be held in late August in the Oak Park area at a location to be determined. Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to Thresholds, https://www.thresholds.org/about.

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