In memory of
Lorraine Janette Delfosse
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In memory of
Lorraine Janette Delfosse
Lorraine (Lorry) Janette Delfosse Windermere Lorraine (Lorry) Janette Delfosse, passed away on December 16, 2016. Born December 15, 1952, in Atlanta GA, she was raised in the Atlanta, Jacksonville, Brevard Co., Miami and Tampa areas. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in English, Speech and Drama. Her life adventures took her to Pennsylvania, Ohio and many cities in Florida, but of all places she lived, she considered Windermere, Florida her true home. "Lorry is the most completely creative person I have ever known," her mother Rae often observed. Even as a child, she wrote and illustrated comic strips with elaborate characters and hilarious story lines. She expressed her joy of life and love of people by writing songs, stories, plays and poetry as tributes to them. Lorry's creations became the highlight of many family and dear friends' special events.   She parlayed her talents into a career as an English, Reading and Drama teacher at Apopka High School, where she directed plays and musicals, and Olympia High School in Windermere, from which she retired in 2014.  Lorry also devoted her creative energies to Windermere, where she participated in the establishment of a new library, wrote and produced the town song, dressed up as the Easter Bunny for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, and formed and directed Windermere Players, a children's acting troupe that helped shape a generation of Windermere's young people. The actors often performed her original plays and poetry, and she became well-known for creating masterful sets on the Town Hall stage from nothing more than garbage bags and paint. Her most important creations were her two daughters, Ali and Heather, to whom she devoted her life and from whom she received limitless love and joy.  Lorry will be cherished as a woman who was compassionate, funny, thoughtful, gentle, kind and who lit up a room with her beautiful smile. She was loved deeply by all.  Lorry is survived by her husband of 35 years, Steven Howell Walker, her children Alexandra Janette Walker (Daniel Benrubi), Heather Marie Walker (Michael Falkowski) and Darla Mae (her pup), her mother Rigmor (Rae) (Petersen) Delfosse, her sisters Ellen Delfosse Darden (Frank), Therese Delfosse Osborne (William), Suzanne Marie Wilnau (Donald), her nieces and nephews Kathryn Darden Smoltz (John, Sara Kathryn Waters and Ashley Waters), Frank Mark Darden, Kevin Ray Manry, Nicole Renee Manry, Gregory Russell Wilnau (Hannah), Erin Casey Osborne, Ryan Donald Wilnau (Amber and Lyric), Lauren Kathryn Wilnau, and Michael Anthony Wilnau, her cousins Marguerita Vignali Rossi (Ubaldo), Richard Float, and Charmian (Mimi) Robinson (Jim).  She is predeceased by her father, Russell Joseph Delfosse.The family will be hosting a celebration of her life at the Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St., Windermere, FL 34786, on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Lorraine Delfosse to UF Shands Cancer Center Fund (000737), UF Health Cancer Center, Office of Development, PO Box 103633, Gainesville, FL 32610.
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