Lorna Pearl Geer Fenio, 92, of Terre Haute, passed away Dec. 23, 2017. After graduating from high school, this Pennsylvania small town girl ventured off to Pittsburgh to join the United States Cadet Nursing Corps. Her generosity of spirit was evident to the wounded soldiers returning from the war.
She furthered her career as an RN when she moved to Indiana with her beloved husband, Joseph Fenio, working for over 30 years at Union and St. Anthony hospitals, eventually advancing to being a head nurse at St. Anthony's. She completed her nursing career at the medical office of her dear friend, Dr. Wayne Crockett.
In addition to caring deeply for people, Lorna was an animal lover. She was especially fond of cats. She used her nursing skills to rehabilitate many strays and wild animals. Going "birding" with her Audubon Club friends was another of her passions.
Lorna had many challenges in life, but always endured with a positive attitude. As a young child, she lost her mother and had to serve in a mother role for her siblings. She survived the devastation of losing one home to a flood and another severely damaged by fire. Her strength during adversity was one of the lessons she imparted on her two children. She also shared wisdom such as, " If you're a starving college student, make tomato soup out of a packet of catsup," "Don't throw away that vinegar bottle, it could become a vase," and most recently, "Growing old is not for sissies!"
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Fenio; sister, Phyllis Beary; parents, Mabel Danner Geer and Dewey Geer, and step-mother, Eleanor Geer.
Lorna's laughter and wit will also be greatly missed by her sister, Gayle Amann; brothers, Glen Geer and Gerry Geer; daughter, Patricia Fenio-Campbell (husband Patrick); son, Raymond Fenio (wife Daryl); and her many grandchildren, Will Fenio, Josh Fenio, Jamie Bruner, Donnie Simmons, Nicole Simmons, and Garrett Simmons, along with their spouses and children.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Mardini for all the compassionate care he provided her over the years. The date and time of the celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Published on January 30, 2018