Madelyn Lorenz, age
85 of Portage, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2020. She was surrounded by
her loved ones.
She was born on
October 29, 1934, to William and Esther (Johnson) Samuelson in McCool, IN.
She passed away in the same house where she grew up and raised her family.
from Crisman High School and went on to college at Ball State University
where she earned a degree in education. She returned to Portage to teach
early elementary and special education. She started the first licensed
kindergarten in Portage Township. While teaching, she fell in love with her
childhood friend Charles Lorenz.
On August 11, 1957
she married Charles Lorenz. They spent their whole life together in Portage,
raising eight children. Madelyn loved her family and extended family. She
looked forward to the reunion each year, ensuring she shared her knowledge
of family history. If you knew Madelyn, you knew her kindness. She was often
described as having the purest of heart and thoughts. Everyone that knew her
never forgot her love and her beautiful smile.
Portage First United Methodist Church starting in childhood as a member of
one of the founding families. She was recently recognized as the longest
serving member of the congregation. Madelyn was a beautiful seamstress and
known for her delicious rolls, coffee cake and bread. Everything she baked
was from scratch. She was a friend to many and shared her smile freely to
Madelyn is survived
by husband, Charles Lorenz; sons, Kenneth (Sara) Lorenz, Tim Begley;
daughters, Karen (Tod) Blakely, Elizabeth (Jeff) Wrigley, Christy (Bob)
Stone, Jennifer (Pat) Costello, Julie (John) Risley. She also leaves behind
seventeen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews,
friends and one sister-in-law.
She was preceded in
death by her parents, brothers, twin sister at birth, one other sister and
her son John.
funeral service will be held at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Portage, IN.
Due to the restrictions caused by Covid-19, all services are private.
Madelyn's name may be made to the VNA or Portage First United Methodist
Church. Online condolences can be given at