COUDERSPPORT - E. Lorraine Gerhart, 86, of Coudersport, died Saturday (Jan. 11, 2014) at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.
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Lorraine was born on Oct. 18, 1927, in Lansdale, a daughter of Carl G. and Ella F. Radcliff Sprouse. On Jan. 15, 1960, in Sellersville, she married Samuel W. Gerhart, who died on June 24, 1992.
Lorraine and her husband moved to the Coudersport area in 1965 and had owned and operated Sam's Motel, now The Laurelwood Inn, until 1972. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women, served on the Administrative Council and helped with the prayer chain. She was also a member of the Coudersport Office Girls. Lorraine had volunteered at the Coudersport Senior Center and at Cole Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed shopping, yard sales, traveling, playing pinochle and especially loved her family.
Surviving are sons, Donald (Kathy) Wilson of North Fort Myers, Fla., Bruce (Ruth Ann) Wilson, Brian (Kathy) Wilson, Terry (Stephanie) Gerhart, John (Christina) Gerhart, all of Coudersport, Samuel (Brenda) R. Gerhart of Florida, David (Linda) Gerhart of Camp Hill; one daughter, Hope (Frank) Giordani of Lansdale; 25 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Paul Gerhart; daughter-in-law, Sundra Gerhart; and her brother, Carl G. Sprouse Jr.
Friends may call at the Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Homer Cemetery in Inez. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home Inc., 304 East St., Warren.
Memorial contributions in Lorraine's memory may be made to the Coudersport Senior Center or Park United Methodist Church.
Email condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20, 2014