Evelyn Lorraine Kempf

Evelyn Lorraine Kempf, (nee Somers), 85, formerly of Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, passed away at Wayne Woodlands Manor on Nov. 28, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Robert; and her daughter, Barbara Ward.

Lorraine is survived by brother, Jack Somers of Iberia, Mo.; daughter, Janet Hessling and her husband, Jon, of Honesdale; daughter, Joann Hudak, Ed. D. and husband, Joseph, of Newfoundland; son-in-law, David Ward of Shelburne, Mass.; grandchildren, Erik Hansen of Honesdale; Wesley Torres and wife, Nicole, of Chicago, Ill.; Johnna Francis and husband, Justin, of West Warwick, RI; Jason Hessling and wife, April, of Archbald; Meredith Hudak of Manhattan, N.Y.; and Jonathan Hudak of Falls Church, Va.; great-granddaughter, Kiah Hansen of Tom's River, N.J.; niece, Cindy Cooke, Iberia, Mo.; nephews, John Somers of Ocala, Fla.; and Brian Somers of Toms River, N.J. She is also survived by her loving grand-dogs, Petey, Lexi and Titus.

Born in Jersey City, Lorraine moved to Cranford, N.J., in 1956 with her husband Robert. She pursued a career in elementary education and graduated from Kean College at the age of 40. Employed as an elementary teacher for the Cranford School District, Lorraine adored her students, influencing countless children with her love and passion for education. After retirement, Lorraine and Robert moved to Wallenpaupack Lake Estates in Lake Ariel where her natural exuberance and infectious personality resulted in many life long friendships as well as a second career as a substitute teacher for the Western Wayne School District, where she was affectionately named "Sarge" by the students.

Lorraine was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hamlin, Pa., where she volunteered at the church thrift shop and St. Catherine's Guild. In addition, Lorraine loved spending time golfing, exercising, volunteering and above all, dancing.

Her family sincerely thanks the wonderful staff of Wayne Woodland Manor who loved and cared for her. She found great peace with the wonderful, loving individuals who work hard every day caring for those in need.

Friends may call on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 until 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hamlin, followed by a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow at the Lakeville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 427 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin, PA 18427.

Arrangements by the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel.

To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 30, 2012