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Maranatha Bible Church
Friday January 10th, 2020
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Maranatha Bible Church
Saturday January 11th, 2020

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Melf Stewart Lorenzen

Melf Stewart Lorenzen, 61, of Massillon, Ohio, passed on to heaven on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.

Stewart was born September 2, 1958, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Melf and Elfriede Lorenzen. He graduated from Smithville High School. Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration and Management, Accounting. He worked for Ernst & Young in Akron, Ohio, from 1980 until 1987. Stewart joined the Hygenic Corporation in 1987. In 1993, he was promoted to President and CEO, a role in which he served until his retirement in 2008. Stewart was an avid golfer, snowboarder, and competitive slalom skier.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lisa Lorenzen; four daughters, Kailee Lenczycki (Philip), Kiersten Golubic (Scott), Kenna Taylor (Daniel), and Kamryn Lorenzen; his mother, Elfriede Lorenzen; brother, Rick Lorenzen (Diane); sister, Marnita Lorenzen (John Armbrust); grandson, Nixon Stewart Taylor; mother-in-law, Jane Kerns; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Melf Uwe Lorenzen.

Friends may call Friday, January 10, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, January 11, at 10:00 a.m. Calling hours and service will be held at Maranatha Bible Church located at 1424 Killian Road, Akron, Ohio 44312.

To honor Stewart’s love for bold and bright color, the family asks that you please refrain from wearing traditional all-black mourning attire.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Image Clear Ultrasound Mobile (2569 Romig Road, Akron, OH 44320; icumobile.org) or World Help (P.O. Box 501, Forest, VA 24551; worldhelp.net).

Stewart served on the board of these organizations, whose missions were near and dear to his heart.

While we miss him greatly, his faith in Christ assures us that we will be reunited once again in heaven.

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I knew Stewart many years ago . As a kid, one thing defined Stewart . His smile . He always had a smile for all of us. Seeing this photo reminded me.
My condolences to the Lorenzen family,

Jay Keating Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

I loved Stewart. We met in 1980 at Ernst and Young. We were on the ASCAA client service team. We water skied together (him a lot better than me), we played golf together (him a lot better than me), played cards and enjoyed each other's company. Our families knew each other and also grew close. I will miss you dearly my friend. Oh, how I hoped we could be retired together (you a lot sooner than me), ski, play golf, have fun, and make a difference. You already did all that, I'm just catching up now. I will miss you greatly.

john Gannon Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

Elfriede, My condolences to you and your family at this sad time in your life journey. Even though I have lost track of you over the years, it was with sadness I read this news. The years have flown by and in my mind your children are pictured as the young kids I knew. Please know that you will all be in my prayers, with love.

Marilyn Pittman Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Lorenzen Family. I was extremely blessed to have had Stewart as a close friend for so many years. He was not only a wonderful friend, but also one of the finest men I've had the privilege to know. He will certainly be greatly missed, but this parting is only temporary and I'm thankful to God for that hope and truth. My prayers for God's love, comfort, and perfect peace are with all of you.

Ben Fetter Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

To Stewart's Family,
I am so sorry, Stewart fought a long battle, he was a dear friend to our family. Growing up in Smithville we truly had a Village raising us. We all knew each other, went to School and Church together. Know, that you are in our prayers and thoughts as you move forward.
Prayers for the entire family,

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM