Georgia E. Lortz Warner died on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the English Valley Care Center in North English at the age of 96 years.
Georgia was born August 8, 1922, in Millersburg, Iowa. She was the daughter of Mabel Montross Lortz and George Alfred Lortz. She grew up during the Great Depression on the family farm south of Millersburg. She graduated from Millersburg High School where she participated in athletics, drama, and music. She excelled at presenting humorous oral recitations while in school.
She attended Iowa State Teachers College to prepare for her teaching degree. She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse nicknamed Brush College. She was beloved by her young students and enjoyed not only teaching academic courses but serving as the gym, art, and music teacher of her tiny school. She was also responsible for stoking the potbellied stove which warmed the school.
She was united in marriage to Bruce N. Warner on January 1, 1942, in Kirksville, Missouri. During World War II when Bruce was in the army, Georgia lived in Aberdeen, Maryland, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she assisted her brother-in-law in his medical practice.
Following the war, Bruce and Georgia moved back to North English where they made their home. They were married for fifty-nine years before Bruce passed away in 2001. They were blessed with two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth.
Georgia was a devoted wife and mother. She raised her daughters to be accomplished pianists which brought her much joy.
Georgia was also devoted to her church and community. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist church. She belonged to the United Methodist Women, led the youth group, taught Sunday school and bible school, sang alto in the church choir, and founded and directed the junior choir.
She was a proud Democrat serving as a county and state delegate. She was a passionate advocate for civil rights and world peace even when this was not a popular view.
She enjoyed her time as a Girl Scout leader touching the lives of many young girls in the community. She especially loved singing around the campfire.
Her love of gardening resulted in a beautiful perennial garden and immaculate yard around her lovely red house and white fence. She was an excellent cook known for her award-winning lemon meringue pie and her Swedish Tea Rings.
She loved to play bridge and pepper and enjoyed biking, golf, tennis, and especially a raucous game of keep away at the swimming pool with the children. Georgia traveled the world, but her favorite spot was on the Florida beach with her sister Kathryn.
Music played a huge part in Georgia's life. Her home was always filled with music. She had a lovely alto voice and harmonized easily with other singers. She sang for many weddings, funerals, and community events. She loved entertaining at the history, community, and care centers, and was still tap dancing at the age of ninety.
Georgia made friends wherever she went. She developed a close friendship with her neighbor Charlotte Smith in her later years. The neighborhood children loved her, too.
Her greatest joy in life was her children and their families and the love they all shared.
Georgia was a beautiful and loving soul who now joins her parents, her husband Bruce, sisters LaDean Haack and Kathryn Orr, and brother Charles A. Lortz in heaven. She leaves behind her daughters, Mary Kunnert (Kevin), Elizabeth Pilkington (Gary), grandchildren, Sarah Wilson, Laura Kalin, Kathryn Kunnert, Anne Montana, John Pilkington and Mary Pilkington. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren: Avery, Peter, and Jack Wilson, Joseph, Georgia, and Olivia Kalin, and Owen and Lauren Montana.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 10:30 am on Friday, July 26, 2019, at the North English United Methodist Church. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 4-7 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in North English. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com
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Georgia was a special light in many lives. As I child I recognized her beauty and admired her excitement. As an adult, I repsected and admired her passion for doing her part to make the world a better place. Her slight orneriness and sense of humor made a bright spot in lots of places. I can almost her God telling her "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Betsy and Mary,
Your mom holds a special place in my heart. I can see her and my grandma running on the beach and laughing ... Josephine and Ester, together once again!
I have such fond memories of your mom. From Thanksgivings at your home, to Big Ben, the first remote control that I'd ever seen (I thought it was the coolest!), the most glamorous bathroom with a lighted mirror and the first utensil caddy ... she was cutting edge and the warmest, most lovely human being. I just loved being in your family home ... it felt like home to everyone. Then, later in life she brought a smile to my face every time she tap danced, sang with Grandma or played the ukulele. She entertained with humor, pure joy and enthusiasm that was contagious.
I thank her for the memories, for the inspiration, and for the love that she so generously shared. May we carry her spirit in our hearts ... that will be our lasting gift to her and to our loved ones. She is truly a remarkable Lortz, and we are all the better for having known her and sharing treasured moments together. My heart goes out to you and your families at this time.
Mary and Betsy, it’s hard saying goodbye to our moms, especially such dedicated good moms. The memories make it a little easier. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Betty (Johnston) Seaba
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