Lorraine LeBlanc Harty

Harty (LeBlanc) Lorraine LeBlanc Harty, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014, knowing the love of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends. She had been residing at Emeritus at Halcyon Village, in Marysville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles LeBlanc and Clara Roy-Desjardins LeBlanc, sisters Rose Hammond and Alice O'Neil, brothers Rene LeBlanc, William LeBlanc and George LeBlanc, infant child Matthew Edward Harty III, and husband Lt. Col. Matthew Edward Harty Jr. Lorraine lived a remarkably full, productive and meaningful life. Of French Canadian ancestry, she was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts on August 28, 1919. She and her family were members of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and she graduated from Marblehead High School. After high school she worked as a professional tap dancer and telephone operator. She enlisted and served in the United States Women's Army Corps specializing in communications. During World War II, she was an aircraft dispatcher for the 8th Air Force Headquartered in High Wycombe, England. She worked in direct support of General James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle. It was during this time that Lorraine met Matthew Edward Harty Jr, an American glider pilot. They were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grantham, England on March 6, 1945. On returning to the U.S., they established their home of many years in rural Poland, Ohio. Family and community life for Lorraine was rich and fulfilling. She loved being with family and friends, searching for antique treasures, warm beaches, new adventures, and enjoyed the illustrator Tasha Tudor and author Leo Buscaglia. Her travel abroad extended to England, Ireland, Ghana, Togo, Italy, France, Fiji, Western Samoa, and New Zealand. She worked with the Youngstown YMCA and Camp Fitch, at the Poland Library, and with New York Life Insurance as the first women agent in Youngstown. She was a founding member of the Holy Family Church (Poland), served on the Camp Fitch Board, was a member of AMVETS and the Arms Historical Society (Youngstown), and volunteered with the American Red Cross and the Worthington Historical Society. She was known to many as the "Daisy Lady". Her spirit, life example, and love will live on through her family. CHILDREN, Patricia Marie Harty Vanderburg (Joel Vanderburg), Karitane, New Zealand, Kevin Thomas Harty (Melinda Guzman-Harty), Worthington, Ohio, Michele Marie Harty-Marchese (John Marchese), Poland, Ohio, and Matthew Edward Harty IV (Rebecca Vinkler Harty), Powell, Ohio. GRANDCHILDREN, Sarah Faye Vanderburg Austria (Noel Austria), Elizabeth Marie Vanderburg, Arne Matthew Vanderburg (Sarah White Vanderburg), Karina Marie Harty-Morrison (Nicholas Paul Morrison), Alexander Matthew Harty (Sylvia Meral Kuyel), Caitlin Marie Harty and Elizabeth Marie Harty. GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, Ava Pearl Austria, Katherine Lorraine Austria, Kai Harty Morrison, and Isla Harty Morrison. A private family graveside service with Military Honors will be conducted at the Poland Riverside Cemetery, Poland, Ohio at a later date. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to post comments, stories and/or pictures for the family, in honor of the life of Lorraine LeBlanc Harty, or send by mail c/o Matthew E. Harty IV, 2547 Salyer Court, Powell, Ohio 43065-8891. The family would like to thank the staff of Trillium Place and Emeritus at Halcyon Village for their outstanding care and Dr. Douglas Scharre, of the OSU Department of Neurology. The family appreciates donations given to be in support of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care (www.vitas.com/community), 655 Metro Place South, Dublin, OH 43017, (614) 822-2700. "She was a beautiful woman who lived a wonderful life........ and now has eternal peace."

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 16, 2014