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Dr. Lorna Ann Middendorf

April 5, 1933 August 16, 2017
Dr. Lorna Ann Middendorf
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Dr. Lorna Ann Middendorf (nee Raynak), 84 of Amherst, formerly of Grosse Point, Michigan died Wednesday August 16, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital following a brief illness. She was born April 5, 1933 to Andrew and Ann Raynak (nee Katonak). She grew up in Lorain and graduated from Lorain High School. Following High School Lorna attended and graduated from Bowling Green State University, the University of Chicago and Rutgers University. Her professional degrees include a BS, AM, and EdD. She taught High School English at Central High School in Amherst. She was a professional Engineer having worked with General Motors. A licensed Psychologist, she held a Diplomat with the American Board of Professional Psychologists. She also was a Human Factors, Ergonomics and Safety expert. Lorna wrote a history of Amherst, Ohio; designed a children’s garden called FOR THE LOVE OF TREES, worked on a master plan for Amherst; volunteered as a Master Gardener in Ohio and Michigan; volunteered as a child safety seat technician and played with the Lorain County College civic orchestra. Her hobbies included Yoga, Gardening and Family Genealogy. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Oberlin. She is survived by a daughter Ann Abdoo of Grosse Points Woods, and three grandsons Zachary, Jack, and Thomas Kezhaya. A stepbrother Daniel Reinke of Elyria, and nieces Laura Raynak, Pam Dawson, Jennifer Raynak and Katie Fracasso, nephews Michael and Matthew Raynak also survive her. Her husband Allen Middendorf, her mother Anne Katonak, her father Andrew Raynak, and brothers Gene and Larry Raynak precede her in death. Family will receive friends 4-7 PM Tuesday August 29, 2017 at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at St. Rt. 57),Elyria 440-322-4626, where funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday August 30, 2017. Services will be lead by Dan Reinke, retired pastor. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

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4:00 PM 8/29/2017 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/29/2017 7:00:00 PM
Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home

38475 Chestnut Ridge
Elyria, OH 44035

Funeral Services 10:30 AM Wednesday August 30, 2017 in the Funeral Home

Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home
38475 Chestnut Ridge Elyria 44035 OH
United States

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Calvary Cemetery (Lorain) Final Resting Place

555 N. Ridge Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053

555 N. Ridge Rd. Lorain 44053 OH
United States

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