Elizabeth I. Lemmer, retired pharmacist at the University of Michigan Hospitals, died Feb. 8.
Lemmer was born July 8, 1931, in Philadelphia, where she was raised. Her parents Luigi and Maria Iorio immigrated from Italy in 1929. Lemmer was the youngest of five daughters.
She attended and graduated from West Catholic High School and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at a time when few women were enrolled.
In 1954 she married William P. (Bill) Lemmer of Ironwood, Michigan. He preceded her in death Nov. 14, 2002.
She worked for the majority of her career as a pharmacist at the U-M Hospitals, where she was employed for over 30 years.
She was very passionate and active in the right-to-life movement for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish since 1961, and had a large giving heart for numerous Catholic charities. She had many talents, including making jewelry, solving Sudoko puzzles, and was an expert calligrapher. She loved to travel, especially to her childhood home of Philadelphia and spend time with her family at home and the Jersey Shore. Lemmer also loved spending time with her friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her five children and eight grandchildren: Marie Lemmer (Craig Hupy); Peter (Alice) and their children Mary, Nicolas and Emily; Paul and his daughter Dana-Marie; John (Nancy) and their daughters Meghan, Mandy, Shannon and Katy; and Joseph (Laurieann). Lemmer also is survived by her brother-in-law Richard Hamilton and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lemmer was preceded in death by her parents and her four sisters, Sr. Eleanor Christine, Gabrielle Devine, Antoinette Iorio and Marie Hamilton.
Those who wish may make a direct memorial contribution to the established William P. and Elizabeth I. Lemmer St. Francis of Assisi School Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2150 Frieze Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104.
— Submitted by John W. Lemmer