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Laura Hale Rand "Lollie" Orthwein


1919 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Laura Hale Rand "Lollie" Orthwein Obituary
Orthwein, Laura Hale Rand Lollie former Veiled Prophet Queen of 1938, and a lifelong resident of St. Louis, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2014 at the age of 95, after a brief illness and surrounded by members of her family and caregivers. She was born March 12, 1919, the youngest of six, to Frank Chambless Rand and Nettie Hale Rand. She was the beloved wife of William R. Orthwein Jr., and is the mother to three daughters; Laura Rand Orthwein, Nina Orthwein Durham, Nettie Orthwein Dodge (Tyler), grandmother to seven and great-grandmother to sixteen. Her husband, William R. Orthwein Jr., preceded her in death in 2011. Laura graduated from Mary Institute in 1937, to which she held a lifelong devotion inherited from her mother, Nettie Hale Rand, Class of 1901. Laura married William R. Orthwein Jr., in 1939. Laura Orthwein was a woman engaged in all life had to offer. With her husband by her side, she embarked on many travel adventures that included Greece, India, China Egypt and Europe. Laura was deeply interested in her husband's work with McDonnell Douglas during the exhilarating time of space exploration, and followed all the exciting advancements the company made. Laura's great interest in St. Louis manifested itself in her presence and giving that has benefited many organizations around the city. The St. Louis Symphony, Shaw's Garden, The Muny, St. Louis Zoo, The Missouri History Museum, The St. Louis Public Library, The Art Museum, and the Science Center, especially the Orthwein Starbay of the Planetarium were among the many that benefited from her interest and joy in all that is St. Louis. Laura and her husband Bill's interest and involvement in philanthropic endeavors for St. Louis led them to create, in 2004, the William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation, which will carry on their interests in education, the arts, health and welfare. Services: There will be a private interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 19, 2014. The family wishes to thank the caregivers and staff who have been faithful friends to Mrs. Orthwein for so many years. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the . A SERVICE OF LUPTON CHAPEL
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, 2014
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