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EMPORIUM - Lorraine Tilburg Coppersmith, 84, of Old Hickory, Tenn., formerly of Emporium and York, died Thursday (March 14, 2013) in her home.
Born Sept. 28, 1928, in Emporium, she was the daughter of John B. Tilburg and Catherine Whitmer Tilburg Noll and the stepdaughter of Lester H. Noll. On June 28, 1953, in Tidioute, she married Walter H. Coppersmith, who died Oct. 20, 2012.
She was graduate of Emporium High School, the Presbyterian Hospital Nursing Program affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, and later conducted graduate studies at Penn State University. A licensed registered nurse, she was employed as head surgical nurse for bronchoscopy by Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia and as a school nurse by the Cameron County School District.
A resident of Emporium most of her life, Mrs. Coppersmith was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Emporium, a former member of the Order of Eastern Star Emporium Chapter #101, and was also an accomplished vocalist and pianist. In 1983, she and her husband moved to York and in 2005 relocated to Nashville.
She is survived by one son, Curtis J. "CJ" (Rachel) Coppersmith of Concord, Mass.; one daughter, Beth Ann Coppersmith of Nashville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Nathan Coppersmith of Oakland, Calif. and Daniel Coppersmith of Concord; one granddaughter, Lauren Coppersmith of Nashville; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Coppersmith was predeceased by her husband; parents; and stepfather. Her father, John B. Tilburg, was killed in action during World War II.
The family will receive friends in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., at which time an Eastern Star Service will be held. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church with the Rev. Matt Ryan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.
The family will receive friends at a reception in the church hall following the service.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the
, www.lung.org/donate/; St. Francis Animal Welfare Group www.sfawg.com/; or Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Emporium.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home.
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 18 to Mar. 24, 2013