Lorrie Bleiler A native of Boston, Mass., born Loretta C. Saunders on July third just in time for the fireworks celebrations at the Esplanade on the fourth. Lorrie was a graduate of Jackson Von Laudau School of Arts and Design in Boston with additional studies at MIT and Harvard. She moved to California with her husband Dell Bleiler and settled in the Mtn. View-Los Altos area initially to work as a graphics illustrator and designer at Fairchild and Hewlett Packard. She was also an accomplished artist and writer of children's books. A long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES) with her husband Dell Bleiler; a Past Master of Mtn. View DeAnza Masonic Lodge and Past Patron of Miramonte OES Chapter. She was a member and editor of the Stanford-Palo Alto Macintosh Computer Users Group, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Jump Start Critique Group. Lorrie was suddenly taken ill on July 17, 2009 and passed away peacefully on the next day. Lorrie is survived by her husband; aunts Lydia, Vi, and Dorothy; cousins Allie, David, Donna, Dorsey, Jim, Lorraine, Melanie, Skip and Tom. She is also survived by sister-in-law Nancy Nelson and family, and Lorrie's many dear friends. A Memorial Service will be held at the Mountain View DeAnza Masonic Center, Church and Franklin Streets, Mtn. View, Calif. on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm. Reception to follow. RSVP requested to (650) 948-1400 tel.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on Aug. 5, 2009.