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Lorinda "Lori" Lea Berni, beloved wife, devoted daughter, loving sister and auntie, passed away peacefully on August 16th, 2018 in Loveland, Colorado. She was born on October 12th, 1957 in Boulder, Colorado to James and Alviaretta (Micki) Berni. Lori grew up in Nederland, CO., where her love of the outdoors began and flourished. She graduated from Piketon High School, in Piketon, Ohio where she made quite the impact. She was captain of the cheerleading squad, homecoming queen, MVP and star basketball player and captain of the basketball team, volleyball team MVP and captain of the volleyball team, class vice president from 1972-1974 and class president her junior and senior year, captain of the softball team and softball MVP. She lettered in softball, volleyball, chorus, band. She was the recipient of the Billy Jean King athlete of the year award for 1974-1975. Lori spent 32 glorious years with her spouse Shelia Cimafranca. Lori would always say it was love at first sight and would often recollect the moment she saw the woman who stole her heart, telling whoever was listening that the moment she saw Shelia, she looked like an angel. Lori and Shelia spent much of their free time during those 32 years making unforgettable memories laughing with their siblings, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She loved to play Yahtzee with her mom and had a blast every year for the annual Halloween gathering that they put on for their family. Her favorite past-times also included fishing, camping, watching her favorite football teams, The Denver Broncos and Ohio State Buckeyes. She had a heart for music and loved to put on her records and dance in the living room with her nieces and nephews, as well as her great-nieces and great-nephews, and especially with the love of her life Shelia. Lori had a passion for animals and spent her life rescuing many animals of all sizes and shapes. Lori is survived by and missed greatly by a host of family that includes her beloved spouse, Shelia Cimafranca of Johnstown, CO; her loving mother, Micki Berni, also of Johnstown, CO; siblings Carolyn (Harry) Mumpower of Georgia, Rusty (Sylvia) Berni of Oregon, Leasa (Steve) Mowry of Ohio, as well as her "bonus" parents and siblings, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews that were very precious to her. Lori was preceded in death by her father, James Berni as well as her sister, Marilyn Berni-Kahler. A celebration of life will take place on Sunday September 23rd, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at Howe Mortuary 439 Coffman Street, Longmont Co. 80501. In honor of our Lori, Denver Broncos attire will be worn. Feel free to join us in honoring her life with us by donning Broncos, or team of your choice attire. Reception Howe Mortuary immediately following service. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Lorinda Berni Memorial Fund and sent in care of Howe Mortuary. All contributions will be donated to the Weld County Animal Shelter in Lori's name.
Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Sept. 16, 2018
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