Today our family will be seeing and visiting Lori’s body for the last time, and tomorrow we say goodbye as we go through the ritual of her funeral.
A sad loss to us all, to our family and to our community. She achieved more in her short lifetime than most of us ever will. She was an advocate for the elderly. Lori was a dreamer, a believer of rainbows, but even more importantly she was a Doer! Lori was strong and defiant to her very last breath. Thanks to her strength and energy, I had no reservations in heading into my own battle with cancer earlier this year. She was a source of inspiration and strength to me during my own surgery and recovery.
I’m so proud that she was in my life as a sister and friend for the last 26 years, since I met my wife Raye. Over two decades I remember Sunday dinners at my in-laws and just like Cheer’s “Hi Norm”, I always looked forward to Lori walking through the door with the beautiful radiant smile and positive energy. My Sunday was not complete until she walked through the door. And the few times she was not able to come, the house was a bit less bright that day.
Lori always had time for everyone, on so many occasions I saw her be the one to get on the floor and play with the children, our niece Elizabeth, or any of the boys as they grew into young adults.
As she worked at the Rehoboth Post Office, Lori first got her bachelor’s degree then went on to get her law degree, pass the BAR exam and open her own successful law firm specializing as an advocate for the elderly.
Lori had the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen on anyone, it came straight from her heart. I miss dearly… My heart feels broken today and for a long time to come. She was even sworn in to the bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2010 so she could advocate for the elderly all the way to the supreme court. You can read her full bio here: http://ivanolarte.com/2015/01/08/in-memory-of-my-dear-sister-in-law-lori-rainbow-connection/
She kept on full steam ahead as she battled inflammatory breast cancer for the last few years. She was relentless in her zest for life, and never lost that beautiful smile even during the worst of times.
Lori will continue to be with us in her inspiration for life and for helping others, and through the memories and positive that she had on all of us. She made me smile, she made me believe in rainbows…
In loving memory of my dear sister Lori O’Brien Foeri (1962-2015).