December 29, 1932 - January 20, 2021
Lora Sever Esch was born in Canton, Illinois, on Dec 29, 1932 to Harold and Ethel (Helms) Sever. She passed away on January 20, 2021 at Melbourne, Arkansas, after a month long illness. She moved a number of times with her parents, finally settling in Peoria, Illinois, where her father went to work for Caterpillar Tractor Co. Lora graduated from Peoria High School in 1950. She married Vernon Esch on July 30, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois. They have been married for 70 years. They lived in Washington, Illinois, after they were first married. Lora first worked for Travelers Insurance Company in Peoria, but after the birth of their second child, she and Vernon moved their family to Miami, Florida in 1957. While Vern went to work selling insurance, Lora went to nursing school and obtained her LPN license. As Vern was transferred around Florida, she would always find work at various hospitals. Her last nursing position in Florida was at Tampa General. They next moved their family, now numbering six kids, to the state of Vermont, where she went to work at the Burlington Vermont Hospital. They returned back to Washington, Illinois, in 1969 and lived in the home where Vern had grown up. Upon returning home she went to work for various Peoria hospitals, and obtained her RN from Illinois Central College. She retired from the Peoria County Health Department in 1990 after working as a home health nurse and then later working in the Health department clinic in Peoria. Vern and Lora began showing and raising Collies during the 1970’s and 1980’s. They both enjoyed going to dog shows together and made many good friends there. In 1990 Vern and Lora began their own business called Verlor’s Studio. She would mark and layout the wooden pictures, so Vern would cut them out and finish them. This was an art form called Intarsia. Over the next 10 years they traveled to various art shows, making many new friends and memories. Together they created about one thousand Intarsia art pieces. They moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas in the summer of 2000, after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. During these years they traveled to many states as well as other countries. They enjoyed their time in the Mountain Home area. Lora was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and a previous member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington, Illinois. Lora started a parish nurse program while she was at St Mark’s. Vern created a wooden picture of Jesus that hangs in the parish hall at St Mark’s. Lora was preceded in death by an infant brother, her parents, and a daughter-in-law, Tess. She is survived by her husband, Vernon; sister-in-law, Lucille Dyer; and her six children, Debbie (Doug Crist) Werner, Michael (Beth) Esch, Vicki (Jeff) Grewe, Jim (Irene) Esch, Tom (Rina) Esch, and Susan (Ty) Rynearson; along with 15 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Redeemer Lutheran Church with Reverend Kevin McReynolds officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 am until time of service. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery, in Washington, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 312 W. North Street, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653. Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services - Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Lora Sever Esch was born in Canton, Illinois, on Dec 29, 1932 to Harold and Ethel (Helms) Sever. She passed away on January 20, 2021 at Melbourne, Arkansas, after a month long illness. She moved a number of times with her parents, finally settling... View Obituary & Service Information
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