Ruth Smith Lorenzen

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NEW BERN - Ruth Smith Lorenzen, 80, of New Bern, passed away on December 5, 2012, at Carolina East Medical Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Ingrid Heinkel of Amelia Island, Fla.; her two sons, Eric Lorenzen of Essex Fells, N.J. and Lance Lorenzen of Little River, S.C.; and her two grandchildren, Julian and Chloe Lorenzen of Roseland, N.J. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Cornelius on August 20, 2007.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2012, at Christ Episcopal Church, New Bern. Inurnment and reception will follow the funeral at Christ Episcopal Church.

Ruth Smith Lorenzen was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on February 22, 1932. She graduated from Belleville High School, N.J. and completed her education at Katharine Gibbs School of New York. Ruth was the executive secretary to the president of Iron Age Magazine in New York City for several years. She then married Cornelius Lorenzen Jr. on August 14, 1954, and moved to Essex Fells, N.J. where she raised her 3 children. In 1991, Ruth and Cornelius retired to New Bern and resided at Greenbrier, where she was actively involved with Merci Clinic, Bank of the Arts and Christ Episcopal Church. Ruth enjoyed socializing, playing golf and tennis with her many friends including Lois Bell of New Bern, Ellie MacCabe of New Bern and Kitty Hubner of Goldsboro. Ruth especially enjoyed spending time at the family beach house on Hatteras Island where she and her family and friends spent many years enjoying the Outer Banks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, The Bank of Arts and Merci Clinic.

Online condolences may be made to the Lorenzen family at

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home.

Published in Sun Journal from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2012
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