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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Louise Lorden

Louise Lorden

June 13, 1943 - May 24, 2015

Service Information Mount Sinai Simi Valley - Kamenir Chapel

Service Date: Wednesday May 27th, 2015

Service Time: 12:30 pm

Mount Sinai Simi Valley - Kamenir Chapel

6150 Mount Sinai Drive

Simi Valley, CA 93063

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What are synonyms for Louise? Sunshine. Friendship. Music. Celebration of life. Caring. Joyous. Vivacious. Energetic. Vibrant. She drank life to the hilt. She was beautiful, both inside and out. Those beautiful words were written by Gary and Louise’s longtime friend Moshe Pollak, in Israel.

Louise was a remarkable woman. She was a devoted daughter, a loyal friend, and an incredibly loving mother, grandmother and wife.

Louise had boundless energy. As a born New Yorker, she didn’t know the meaning of a casual stroll. She walked with purpose, and always knew exactly where she was going.

She brought that same strength and determination to her 4-year battle with cancer. Even faced with a devastating diagnosis, she continued to live life with the same vitality she always had: traveling the world with Gary, reveling in good food, art, theater, music, and time spent with friends and family.

Music was a central part of Louise’s life. With her mother as teacher, Louise began the piano at age 4. Every day was a piano lesson, and by age 9 she was wowing summer crowds in the Catskill Mountains, not just on piano, but on the accordion, her second instrument. She later played included French horn, guitar, cello, and yes, even the cymbals with a large orchestra!

Louise was a proud alum of the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, and she loved it when they made a movie, called “Fame,” about her high school. As a freshman at Queens College she won a concerto competition and played on the radio with the Queens Symphony. But it was a summer spent at Cornell that led her to the love of her life, Gary. Louise and Gary were the kind of couple that you immediately knew just belonged together, whether playing duets at the piano, taking a spin on the dance floor, or just livening up a party.

But then Louise was a person who could light up any room. Beautiful, vibrant, always with a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eyes. She loved to laugh, and she was interested in everything and everyone. Always an opinion, (usually a strong one), always passion and purpose. Indifference was not an option.

Louise had a natural curiosity and was drawn to novelty and adventure. She always wanted to do more, to get more, to try harder, to go farther, to squeeze more out of every experience. A life lived with the volume turned up.

Louise touched the lives of so many. There were of course the many piano students she guided and inspired over the years. In the Jewish Community she volunteered her time and energy, even serving as President of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley Jewish Federation. At Temple Shaarei Torah in Arcadia she directed musicals like “South Pacific,” and got people to sing better than they ever thought they could. In the seventies she was the coordinator for the campus Hillel clubs at Caltech, PCC, and Occidental College, and she built up student and faculty participation and enthusiasm to the highest levels those schools ever had. Louise brought infectious enthusiasm to everything she did. You might say she lived her life with gusto.

And then there was her family: her husband Gary, her two daughters, Lisa and Diana, Diana’s husband, Michael, her grandchildren Adam and Zachary, and her late, beloved mother, Mae Fischer. For Louise, family always came first. She gave her love and affection freely and without conditions. Always willing to sacrifice, to support, to give, to care for, and to love.

Louise will be dearly missed. Life without her will not be the same. But it is also so much better for having had her in it.