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Thomas Arthur Lorbach

January 11, 1963 November 1, 2020
Thomas Arthur Lorbach
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Following a long and courageous battle against cancer,Thomas A. Lorbach, 57, of Elyria, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday, November 1, 2020, while surrounded byfamily.

Thom was born January 11th, 1963,in Elyria to the late Jerry and Jacqueline (nee Sharp) Lorbach.After graduating from Elyria High School, he struck out into the world by enlisting in the United States Army,proudly serving our country while stationed at Fort Bliss, Fort Bragg, and abroad in Würzburg, Germany, during the Cold War. His true calling, however, was a careeras a firefighter with the Lorain Fire Department. He cherished the brotherhood of the profession and made many lifelong friends before retiringas a Lieutenant following nearly 30 years of service. He was a caring person, traveling and spending six weeks along the Gulf Coast with groups of other firefighters helping Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana and Alabama immediately following the hurricane’s devastating destruction.

His generosity and reliability made him an excellent role model to his sons and countless other youth. He had a knack for dispensing sage wisdom, a quality that will be missed dearly by many. Outside of professional life, he pursued diverse opportunities for community involvement and leadership. He coached Little League baseball for over 10 years, along with several years coaching GESA soccer. He was actively involved with scouting and served as a Tiger and Cub Scouts leader, including a stint as Popcorn Kernel, with St. Jude Church Troop 133. He was aUnited Polish Club member for 30 years.

Thom’s personal interests were diverse and included gardening, beer brewing and winemaking, hunting, cooking, and barbecuing. He was also an avid reader and visited multiple Presidential libraries, his favorite being the Ronald Reagan Library.He enjoyed all sporting events at St. Jude’s and St. Edward High School, where his two sons, Joshua and Jacob, attended and graduated. He became a diehard Ohio State basketball fan while attending home and away Buckeye’s basketball games to cheer on his son Jacob, a former member of the Ohio State men’s team (2012-2016).

He was well traveled and visited Los Angeles; Boston for July 4th festivities; the Kentucky Bourbon Trail; Graceland; the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; New Orleans; New York City; Sedona, AZ; and the Hoover Dam.One of his favorite cities was San Francisco and he went there many times; he was proud to walk the Golden State Bridge and much of the city. One of his favorite trips was taking Dan Nixon out west to celebrate his 75th birthday, visiting Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile Sites, Deadwood, and the Crazy Horse Memorial. He took an annual trip to Las Vegas with his friends and could usually be found somewhere on Fremont Street playing Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘em, or Craps.He also enjoyed global travels including to Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Germany, Geneva, Florence, Rome, and Milan. One of his favorite trips was to London, England, where he spent time with the London Fire Brigade at their stations and on a fire boat upon the River Thames.

His paradise was found in Hawaii, where he enjoyed sunsets in Maui, Kauai, and Oahu. He visited Pearl Harbor three times, eager to learn more about the memorial each time. He trekked to witness countless morning sunrises on Mt. Haleakala. He enjoyed routine family vacations in the Outer Banks, as well as Hilton Head Island, Marco’s Island, Dominican Republic, Cancun, Riviera May, and Caribbean island cruises.He especially liked trips that included extended family members staying together in big houses, mostly because he loved cooking and grilling outside for everyone. His love of cooking for others eventually led to hosting an annual clambake he dubbed ‘Tommystock’ each October.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Jennifer (nee Yarish) Lorbach; sons,Jacob andJoshua (Sarah); brothers, Michael (Rebecca) and David (Tammy); niece, Jessica (Robert) Gill, and nephew, Geoff (Kelly); parents-in-law, Dan and Jeanne (nee Pileski) Nixon; sisters-in-law, Missy (John) Brown, Jessica Basinski, Rebecca Bowen, and Kearsten (Bradley) Stevanus; and many more nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday November 6, 2020 in the Weigand Room at St. Mary Church, 320 Middle Ave., Elyria from 10:00 a.m. until a 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian burial in the Sanctuary of the church. The Rev. Fr. Charles Diedrick will be the Celebrant. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations in Thomas’ memory be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve (17876 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, Ohio) or Columbus Humane (3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct, Hilliard, OH). Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Elyria. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family respectfully requests that those attending services in person wear a mask, and masks will be provided.

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10:00 AM 11/6/2020 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/6/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Weigand Room)

320 Middle Avenue
Elyria, OH 44035

Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 in the Sanctuary of the Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve 17876 St. Claire Ave. Cleveland, OH or to Columbus Humane 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct., Hilliard, OH.

St. Mary Weigand Room)
320 Middle Avenue Elyria 44035 OH
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