Obituary of Lorene Austin
Lorene Gregory was born in Orlando, Kentucky on October 6, 1947. She was one of nine children born from the union of Burton Gregory and Rose (Allen) Gregory. Lorene married Newell “George” Austin on February 5, 1966. The couple would make their way North from Kentucky making their home in Toledo.
Lorene and George were blessed with the birth of two children. In addition to caring for the needs of her family as a homemaker, Lorene worked several jobs including Chariot Foods and Manager of Queens Village Laundromat. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Cruising the countryside, motorcycling with George was a favorite pastime. The family also loved camping together. Throughout the years many trips were made to Kentucky to visit kin. Lorene was also quite close to her sister and brother-in-law: Betty and Carl Liesinger. Lorene loved to listen to the likes of Elvis Presley. For many years she enjoyed collecting knick-knacks, but as she got older, she realized they quickly became items to be dusted!
Lorene Austin, age 75, of Toledo passed away at 9:17pm on Friday; October 7, 2022, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. Her passing was preceded by her parents; her husband on June 15, 2021; three brothers: Eddie Wayne Gregory, Charlie Gregory, and David Gregory; and daughter-in-law: Monica Melissa Austin who passed on June 19, 2020.
To cherish her memory, she leaves two children: Sherry Austin and Jeffrey Austin both of Toledo; two sisters: Linda (Bill) Woodruff of Milford, Ohio and Mary (John) Taylor of Kentucky; three brothers: Harry Gregory and Monroe Gregory both of Florence, Kentucky, and Billy Ray Kirby; two sisters-in-law: Janie Gregory of Florence, Kentucky and JoAnn Gregory; three grandchildren: Kristie Austin, Jeffrey Austin, Jr., and Faith Austin; and her faithful companion: Scrappy-Doo.
Friends may gather at LaSalle Township Cemetery (on Swartz Road between Telegraph and South Dixie Highway) at 1:30pm on Saturday; October 22, 2022 for a Graveside Service to celebrate her life. For those that desire a procession will take place from Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 242-7070 to the cemetery. The lineup will begin at 12:45pm. Minister James Puhl of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Temperance will officiate. Cremation took place through Covenant Cremation of Erie, and burial of her cremated remains will take place with her husband at the LaSalle Township Cemetery.
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