E. Lorraine Gerhart(1927-2014)

COUDERSPORT, Pa. - E. Lorraine Gerhart, 86, died Saturday (Jan. 11, 2014), at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.
Lorraine was born on Oct. 18, 1927, in Lansdale, Pa., and was the daughter of Carl G. and Ella F. Radcliff Sprouse. On Jan. 15, 1960, in Sellersville, Pa., 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 Coudersport Office Girls. Lorraine had volunteered at the Coudersport Senior Center and at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed shopping, yard sales, traveling, playing pinochle and especially loved her family.
Surviving are sons, Donald (Kathy) Wilson of N. Fort Myers, Fla., Bruce (Ruth Ann) Wilson, Brian (Kathy), Terry (Stephanie) Gerhart, John (Christina) Gerhart, all of Coudersport, Samuel R. (Brenda) Gerhart of Florida, and 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; a daughter-in-law, Sundra Gerhart; and her brother, Carl G. Sprouse, Jr.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2014), at Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, 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, Pa.
The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions in Lorraine's memory may be made to the Coudersport Senior Center, or to Park United Methodist Church.
E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.

Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 13, 2014