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Marilynn Lortz

Marilynn M. Lortz, 95, of Carey, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at her residence.
Born in Hancock County on Sept. 14, 1925, she was the only child of the late Orville and Ethel (Cole) Aller. She and her family moved to Carey when she was a sophomore in high school, graduating from Carey High School in the class of 1943. Marilynn caught the eye of one of her new classmates, Herbert G. Lortz. They were married on Dec. 20, 1945, in Greenup, Ky., while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy during World War II. They shared 75 special years together. He survives in Carey.
A loving homemaker, Marilynn took care of Herbie and her four children until they were all in school. She then went to work at the Dorcas Carey Public Library, working there for 25 years, retiring as director in 1990. One of her life’s passions was teaching children to read. She started the literacy program at the library, volunteered at Salem School in Upper Sandusky, helping Diane Orians’ kindergarten class and teaching reading to the students at Carey Elementary Schools.
Very faithful, Marilynn was a 54-year member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Carey, where she served as their organist and was a part of the Memorial United Methodist Women.S he was in the HB Club, DAR, American Legion Aux #344, Carey, and volunteered at Wyandot Memorial Hospital. She also played piano at the Wyandot County Home. Mission minded, Marilynn helped further the missions close to her heart, however she could. She also cherished their annual family trip to Lakeside.
She will be missed by her husband, Herbert Lortz; four children, Peggy Coppler, Roann, Ind.; Jane (Martin) Flemion, Sykesville, Md., William (Theresa) Lortz, Carey; and Susan (Stanley) Stombaugh, Carey; 10 grandchildren, Courtlan Coppler, Cary Coppler, Kendra Parks, Kathryn Larkins, Jay Turney, Christine Hunter, Seth Stombaugh, Jesse Stombaugh, Sara Pahl and Emily Hall; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Mark Coppler.
A celebration of Marilynn’s life will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, Carey, with the Rev. Cynthia Morrison and Kevin Wilcox officiating. Masks are required at the church. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dorcas Carey Public Library or Wyandot County Salvation Army and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316.
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