Emil Andrew John Lorenz (originally Lorencovitz), 82, formerly of San Jose and Cathedral City CA, was sleeping peacefully as he took his last breath April 26, 2013 and is now safely home with his loving God.
His devoted wife of 53 years, Ute Margot (Roepke) Lorenz, and his children were by his side at his passing. He loved his family and friends unconditionally. He leaves behind his daughter Sonya Margot (Lorenz) Retzlaff-Huggins (husband David Huggins) and grandsons Stein, Thor and Wulfe Retzlaff of Truckee CA, his son Norbert Emil Lorenz of Reno NV, and his daughter Andrea Helena Conrad (husband Eric) and grandchildren Turner, Ty and Kalea of Hermosa Beach CA.
He was predeceased by his sister Filomena Surma of Passaic NJ, brother Henry Lorencovitz (Anna) of Passaic NJ. He is survived by his sister Mary Lorencowicz in Krempachy, Poland, brother John Lorencovitz (wife Rosemarie) in Rio Grande NJ, Milena Wyrwa (husband Mike) in North Arlington NJ, as well as 20 nephews and nieces, 33 grandnephews and grandnieces, and 26 great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces.
Emil was born in East Patterson NJ, November 14, 1930 to parents Andrew and Rose (Kacimarcik) Lorencovitz.
Emil moved to San Jose, California in 1955. He met his future wife, Ute Margot Helena Roepke, at a hiking club. They entered a dance contest together (which they won). They were married and had three children, who they raised in San Jose.
He was employed 33 years at IBM and retired in 1990. He enjoyed travelling around the world and the simple pleasures of being at home with his family. His family misses his special hugs. He enjoyed reading, listening to good music, and playing his accordion.
He always loved visiting the Truckee/Tahoe area, which is in a similar mountain setting to the High Tatra Mountains where he grew up in Czechoslovakia. Hiking and skiing in Tahoe and Yosemite brought him great joy.
Prayer Masses were held in Krempachy, Poland and St. Mary’s Assumption Church in Passaic NJ. A Prayer Mass will be held Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Incline Village, Nevada. Reception immediately following.