Lucille Asher

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LUCILLE ASHER VALPARAISO, IN Lucille Asher was born January 7, 1917 to Great Lakes Passenger Ship Captain Dorg Magnes and Esther Freedland Magnes in Manistee, Michigan. She graduated from Manistee High School in 1934 and entered Augustana School of Nursing in Chicago, IL. Lu also took one year of X-Ray Technical training. She was employed at Northwestern Passavant Hospital as supervising instructor for nine years and earned lifetime achievement of the American Cancer Society. She married Dr. Harry Asher of Chicago in December, 1950. Four children were born of their union: Hank, Charles, Sari and Thomas. The Ashers moved to Valparaiso in 1951, remodeling an old farmhouse intending to use it on vacations and holidays. The Ashers fell in love with Valpo, made it their permanent home, and kept an apartment in Chicago. Lu found her niche in training high school girls to join the Candy Stripers Program at Porter Campus. Trainees learned many aspects of the health care profession. When she retired, there were a record 111 Candy Stripers, many of who went into nursing and other medical careers. Following a radical mastectomy in 1968, Lu was asked to join the American Cancer Society board and instituted the Reach to Recovery Program, aiding women who had undergone this invasive surgery. She directed and taught other volunteers, who brought this model program to other Porter and Lake County Hospitals. Lu was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Valparaiso Women's Club, the Valparaiso Country Club, the League of Women Voters, and lifetime member of National Organization of Women. Lu had a long history with First Unitarian Church of Hobart then returning to Temple Israel of Valparaiso. When chairman of the League of Women Voters, She reviewed the necessity for mental health services in the Porter County area. She joined with several professionals to form a clinic, which served as the precursor to Porter-Starke Services, Inc. Lu served as intake supervisor for several years. Lu was universally seen as kind, generous, concerned, and filled with humor. She enjoyed her family, her friends, and virtually everyone she met. Dr. Harry Asher preceded her in death July 1997, and her daughter Sari Asher who regrettably passed in 2007. She is survived by sons: Hank Asher of Boca Raton, Florida, Charles (Barbara) Asher of Indianapolis, and Tom Asher of Valparaiso; grandchildren: Desiree Asher, Carly Asher-Yoost (Wally), Kylea Asher-Smith, Bonnie Bemis, and Sarah Asher (Justin); and grandchildren: Kody Bemis and Sadie Smith. A TRIBUTE FROM A SON I truly believe and feel that if our souls are open, our hearts open, and our arms are open that our loved ones never leave us. Fortunately I was with my Mother as she passed to the "other side". We were laughing and she was smiling saying that she felt so good. Part of me prayed that she pass in her feeble condition and part of me wondered if she would be having cocktail parties in a couple of weeks. She's rebounded so many times. Dying is part of life, not the end of life. I don't know if you've ever read "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian Weiss. It brought me great clarity to why we are here and where we go. I was fortunate to have my Mother as a child and every winter for past 30 years and full time with me for the past few years. She brought joy to all that knew her. She brought great joy to me and to all of us who knew her. I believe it was this great joy of life that she had that made her survive her medical conditions for many years past the anticipated. I awoke this morning with the realization that I won't see her until I pass to the other side. A sobering sense of loss that almost immediately passed as I felt her presence with me. My Mother taught me the prevalent goodness of people, the ability to forgive and she taught me of the existence of evil. What an incredible soul my Mother is what an incredible gift she's been for almost 96 years in this life. Love to all, Hank Asher A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, October 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe Street, Valparaiso, Indiana. Memorials may be made to: The Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care, 1411 N. Flagler Dr., Suite 8900B, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (and of course people can donate online at: sign a guestbook for Lu, please visit

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