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Dr. Loraine E. Edwards

Dr. Loraine E. Edwards, 106, of West Lafayette, formerly of Columbus, OH, passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Westminster Village. Born May 18, 1907 in Wellston, OH, she was the daughter of the late Frank W. and Grace (Harper) Edwards. She was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church.

Loraine was a 1925 graduate of Central High School in Findlay, OH. She earned her Bachelor's degree in 1930 from Oberlin College, her Master's degree from New York University in 1945, her PhD from Ohio State University in 1960, and did her Post Doctoral work at Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary in 1979. Loraine was a music supervisor for the Ohio Public Schools, St. O Lafayette College, Berea College and Ohio State University. She last taught at Purdue University. She was a member of the Christiansen Choral Workshop.

Music was not only her love but her life. Loraine played violin and viola in Jr. High and High School. She continued playing with the Findlay College Orchestra, Oberlin College Symphony, St. O Lafayette Symphony, Berea College Symphony, Ohio State Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, Wabash Chamber Orchestra, Danville (IL) Orchestra, and church ensembles. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, West Lafayette Musicale, and OES Chapter #23 in Findlay, OH.

She loved to travel the world and meet new people, however, it was her 30 year friendship with Dr. Laci Pinter of Hungary that she treasured the most.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Carmen H. Edwards, and nephews, David A. Edwards and Robert A. Edwards. Left to cherish her memory are David's wife, Abbie Edwards; a great niece, Julie Edwards, and great-nephews and their wives, Robert & Stephanie, Brian & Michele, Marc & Tressa Edwards. Great-great nieces and nephews, Jacqueline & her husband Kirk, Chelsea, Carly, Isaac, Morgan, Hunter, Olivia and Saige and one great-great-great nephew, Konner. Also, a dear friend in Mrs. Dorothy Van Cleef. The family would like to thank the staffs of St. Elizabeth's Hospice and Westminster Village for their amazing care during her twilight years.

A memorial service will take place at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette, IN on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Tim Burchill officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church or the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier on June 3, 2014
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