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Miss Lorraine will be missed terribly by us all. She was a very intelligent woman that I enjoyed many conversations with. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Stay strong.
It’s been almost two months since I last chatted with you. I am still in denial that you will be forever absent in my life. Do you know your existence (and uncle’s) were my last connection to my Hong Kong, my first home. Tears are falling, thinking about you and uncle. Annie’s sound track, “Tomorrow” (White House Version), playing in my head…Though, the sun is to rise every day, there’s no guaranteed that it will shine today. Never will we exchange, “our problems” over a cup of hot tea, again? 😢 Never will we go shopping for hats, like that time in Hong Kong. Never again will we watch Roman Holiday, Funny Face, Charade, Royal Wedding (and dance with Fred Astaire in our dreams), and everything else on TMC we would binge. Our nightly chats left us both overthinking many nights but as time passed we gradually learned to just laugh and share and focus on what we had versus what we didn’t. Hearing your stories and experiences overseas made me realize I was very much a part of your past as you were mine. I’ll never forget my first experience eating spaghetti in Hong Kong with you when I was seven and a half years old. My native language was Cantonese and at the time I spoke zero English, yet, nothing stopped me from talking to everyone, including the chef and I remember you telling me how brave I was. 😊 As a child, whenever I would get motion sickness you wound compliment me and say, “Consequently, your stomach is weak, but not your appetite.”The memory still makes me smile. Auntie, when we do meet again, “Let’s chat some more”. I have so much to tell you. The sun may not shine everyday, but I look forward to making you laugh and once again singing our hearts out to Sinatra’s, “New York, New York”. Last but not least, I’m so comforted knowing that you have been reunited with uncle John, your “knight in shining armor. 💕 I will miss you and think of you always. I will miss our many adventures. We were always on the go when together! I’m grateful for the significant role you played in my life and that life gave us so many years together. God knew we needed each other. You loved me when I was a lonely orphan and I returned that love in your late years when things got harder for you. Luv, Emi (The orphan you met at Po Leung Kuk)💕
It's very hard to think that our daily phone calls are no longer. I would tell what was on Turner Classic every night or I would call and let you know what movie that you loved was playing. I'll miss all the fun we had dancing whenever we were together. It's the things sisters do that will be so hard for me. When I was grown-up you were always my big sister. You took me shopping, and cared for me like big sisters and only do. When you went to Hong Kong I missed so much that I wore you perfume because it reminded me of you. I love you and miss you but, you will always be in my heart. The wonderful memories we shared I thank God for giving you to me as my sister. May You Rest In Peace until we meet again. You loving sister Lizi.
One of my favorite memories is Lorraine and I sitting on Fer veranda in Singapore having a 5 o clock scotch together and just chatting. She and John invited me and I had a memorable vacation which started my wanderlust for travel. They were wonderful hosts! Miss you, Raine.
Aunt Raine, It pains me to say that you’re no longer with us, but I find comfort in knowing you’re at peace in heaven with Uncle John. I’ll never forget all of the wonderful memories you’ve left us with and how you always, always kept our family together. We would reunite for the long summer days in Amelia Island, taking blueberry and banana out on Lake Winnnipesaukee in Rhode Island, Uncle John whipping up his bacon crusted pancakes, Aunt Rain always reciting your favorite poetry lines, dances on the coffee tables, and all of the long talks we’d have while you guys enjoyed your cheese and crackers, with a Scotch of course! I’m forever grateful and owe you two so very much. You always knew what to say or do in desperate times of need, and I hold onto your gracefulness throughout it all. I treasure the kiddy cone ice creams from Dairy Queen after school and teaching me how to learn to drive stick your orange beetle, pumpkin. You always encouraged me to follow my dreams, especially during college. You were right there anytime I needed you and helping me pick myself up when I hit my absolute lowest of lows. Even after seeing all of my flaws, you never judged me, you always made me feel so loved. You told me I could do anything I set my heart and mind to, but not only that, that you’d help me get there. My heart hurts so badly knowing you’re no longer with us, but I find joy in knowing you’re at rest watching over all of us. It’s never goodbye, but we’ll see ya later. Love you so very much. Xx
Lorraine C. Orr
Lorraine Catherine Orr (Raine) 92 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 11, 2022, surrounded by her family.
Lorraine was born on December 8,1929 in Bayonne, NJ to Walter and Catherine Campbell. She graduated from Bayonne High School and attended Saint Peter’s College before embarking on a cross country trip to Los Angles with her best friend Margaret Shippers. Lorraine enjoyed the California lifestyle for 3 years before returning to Bayonne and starting her career at New York Trust prior to joining Dow Jones.
Lorraine was a self-reliant woman that was always ahead of the time. She surprised many with her independent and competitive spirit. As a single career woman in the 60’s, Lorraine achieved many of the goals she set for herself including purchasing her first home. After her mother’s death in 1961, Lorraine took over the role as matriarch of the family and dedicated her time and attention to her father and sisters. She prided herself in helping her family and spent her entire life doing so.
She met and married her husband John C. Orr, retired from Dow Jones, and started a new life in Short Hills, NJ. Lorraine filled her days golfing and playing tennis at the Essex County Country Club where she quickly became a leading player, winning many tournaments. She and John enjoyed their married life. They spend their time traveling to New England where they discovered the beauty of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Together they found the perfect vacation home in Meredith, nestled on a secluded cove where they shared many happy years with their family and friends boating and snowmobiling. “Live Free or Die,” became Lorraine’s motto whenever she or someone she loved faced adversity.
John’s career with the Wall Street Journal moved them to Hong Kong and onto new adventures. Lorraine embraced her time in Hong Kong and quickly assimilated to life as an expat enjoying the lifestyle it provided. It was in Hong Kong that Lorraine developed her taste for beautiful Oriental artwork and furnishings. Throughout her time in Hong Kong, she and John curated a beautiful collection of treasures she decorated her home with. They adopted their beloved poodles Buttons and Beau and met many people that held a loving place in their heart for the remainder of their life.
Upon their return from Hong Kong, they settled into a new home on Amelia Island, FL where Lorraine enjoyed spending time on the links. Again, she became a top player, winning the title of Club Champion. They split their time between Florida and New Hampshire chasing the beautiful weather while enjoying the changing seasons. Lorraine was always mindful of her family and friends making it a priority to stop and visit everyone on her way to and from Florida. She took a genuine interest in everyone’s life and worked hard to find a solution for the problems in their lives. Lorraine was a mentor for many, spending hours counseling people on the challenges they faced. She always had a positive attitude, looked at struggles as a way to become a better person, and was never too busy to lend a sympathetic ear. Lorraine happily took on the role as mother and grandmother for many. Those who loved her knew what a strong woman she was.
Lorraine was predeceased by her husband John, her parents Walter and Catherine Campbell, sisters Marie and Jean, brothers Donald, Robert and Walter, beloved Aunt Melie, stepdaughter Nancy Petersen (Walter), great granddaughter Megan Petersen, great grandson Dylan Peterek, nephew Charles Butera, and brother-in-law Francis Pellino.
She is survived by her loving sisters Elizabeth Pellino and Kathleen Fiore. Nieces Christine Auriemma (Joe), Carolyn Harger (Keith), Jacqueline Riccio and Diane Butera. Great nieces and nephews Joseph Auriemma, Brooke Bell (Lance, Blake), Anthony Auriemma, Jacquelyn Burk (Robert, Ryleigh) Marissa Auriemma, Brian Riccio (Alexis, Oakley), Dillian, Peter, Catherine and Timothy Riccio. Mathew, Anna, Abigail and Alessandra Harger. Stepdaughters Janice Orr and Cynthia Peterik. Grandsons Adam Peterik (Elizabeth), Aaron Peterik,(Kristen), and Andrew Petersen. Granddaughters Elizabeth Brennen (Dave) and Lyenne Schmidt. Great grandchildren Kaitlyn Petersen,Braedon, Ansley, Callan, Harper, Aubrie, and Brooks Peterik. Beloved niece Emi Miles and countless friends made over years.
A Catholic funeral mass will be announced and celebrated at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission Church, 86000 Saint Francis Way Yulee, FL 32097 or Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation, 1175 Lime Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
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