BRISTOL - Vernetta "Eileen" Loria, passed on Aug. 25, 2014, at the home she made with daughter, Lucinda, and son-in-law, Carl Kutsko.
She was born April 12, 1924, in Oakland, Md., to Otis Wesley and Dortha Bessie Hamstead Fike.
She spent her childhood on the family farm in Oakland. The family moved to Morgantown, W.Va., where Eileen attended high school, entered college at the age of 16 and attended medical school at the University of West Virginia.
While a student in medical school, Eileen met and married Louis Amadea Loria, M.D., on June 17, 1945. They made their home in Bristolville, where Louis practiced medicine, and they raised their four daughters, Linda Louise Loria, Lucinda Lois "Cindy" Kutsko, Carol "Jean" Loria and Peggy Sue Loria.
Eileen was recognized as a community leader, actively participating on numerous committees and boards of directors at the regional, state and national levels. Most notable was the Bristol Local School, Bristol United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Medical Auxiliary, where she served as Ohio state president, and the Bristol Public Library, where she served as president during the construction of the library addition.
Eileen was a gracious hostess, entertaining friends and church groups at her home. Being a talented flower arranger won her many blue ribbons. She enjoyed bowling with friends on a league. She was a scholar, especially interested in the study of psychology, religion and spirituality. Using her talent as an educator, Eileen was a strong advocate for human rights and equality for all people, believing and affirming the connection of all beings. She modeled for her family and community the qualities of compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love.
Eileen leaves her daughters, Linda, Lucinda (Carl) and Jean; brother, Robert Fike, M.D.; grandsons, Seku Shabazz (Michele), Madison (Jacquline) Brooks and Michael (Jennifer) Kutsko; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Kurtycz , Madaline Brooks, McKenzie Brooks, Aubrey Kutsko and Dylan Kutsko; and a great-great-grandchild, Bryson Hanslik.
Eileen was predeceased by her husband, Louis; daughter, Peggy; brother, Darl Fike; and sister, Annalee Reid.
Calling hours are from noon to 2 p.m. at the Bristol United Methodist Church, at state Routes 45 and 88 in Bristolville, where funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday.
Funeral arrangements are by Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, OH 44515.