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LENA S. LORE-SMARZ, age 92, passed into God's hands on Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home in Vero Beach, FL. She was a dedicated wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful example of faith and love! Lena S. Lore- Smarz was born on July 4, 1921, in Olean, New York to Michael and Angelina DeFazio. She grew up in Niagara Falls, NY with her eight brothers and sisters. She married Angelo Michael Lore, Sr. on December 2, 1939, and together they had four beautiful children. They made their home in Niagara Falls, NY, until moving the family to Vero Beach, FL in 1965. In Vero Beach, Lena worked for 20 years at the McDonalds on US-1, and for many of those years she worked alongside her youngest daughter, MaryAnn. Lena was a woman of faith and devoted parishioner of St. Helen Catholic Church for nearly 50 years. Lena's biggest achievement in life was her family, whom she showered with constant love and affection. She always had her rosary beads handy, prayed daily for her family, and put all things in God's hands. She is survived by her sisters Rose Hannahs and Francis Archie; daughters Juanita Burns of Vero Beach, Carrie Shields and husband Bob Shields of Austin, TX, and MaryAnn Conrado and husband Joe Conrado of Vero Beach; her grandchildren Angelo Lore of Niagara Falls, NY, Parris Lore and wife Nadine of Vero Beach, Carl Burns and husband Richard Bohner, Jr. of Vero Beach, Robert Shields and wife Teresa of Apple Valley, MN, Jason Odom and wife Brooke of Vero Beach, Jeremy Odom and wife Jamie of Vero Beach, Stefanie Conrado of Port St. Lucie, Vanessa Shields of Austin, TX; great- grandchildren Angela and Peter Lore of Niagara Falls, NY, Chloe Lore of Vero Beach, Ariana, Bryce, and Grayson Shields of Apple Valley, MN, Ava Odom, Caroline Odom, and Graham Odom of Vero Beach, and Finley and Harper Odom of Vero Beach; and many nieces and nephews from all over the country. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Angelo M. Lore, Sr., husband Michael Smarz, son Angelo M. Lore, Jr., and son-in-law Carl F. Burns. There will be a viewing at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at St. Helen Catholic Church at 12:00 p.m., with burial to follow at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach, Florida. Condolences may be made at

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Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 15, 2014
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