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Lea Diane Orth 1949 - 2018
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Lea Diane Orth 1949 - 2018

LAWRENCE — Mass of Christian Burial for Lea Diane Orth, 69, Lawrence will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. Lea passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Lea was born Feb. 17, 1949 in Great Bend, Kan., the daughter of Felix and Barbara (Oberle) Orth.
She attended Holy Name Elementary School and graduated from Bushton Rural High School. She then received her BFA from the University of Kansas in Theater Set Design, and went on to receive her MBA from Columbia University, in Theater Business Arts Management.

She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in New York City, where she volunteered. She was a member of the KU Alumni Association, Friend of KU Theater, Kansas University Woman’s Club, LFK Writers Co-op, and was an avid Jayhawk sports fan.
She worked as a Marketing Strategist, Bridal Stylist, Political Researcher for CBS and NBC, Playwright, Costumer, Actor and Director.
She married Philip Alan Storck on Nov. 22, 1977 at Danforth Chapel in Lawrence, Kan. He survives of the home. Lea and Alan lived most of their life together in New York City and in 1998 they bought a home in Lawrence and split their time between Lawrence and New York City, until 2013 when they made Lawrence their residence.

She is also survived by her two sons, Aaron Storck (Jenny Storck) and Ryan Storck; two grandchildren, Julian and Sean; her mother, Barbara Orth; sisters Lois Orth-Lopes (Steve Lopes), Sheila Orth and Carmen Orth-Alfie (Sebastian Alfie); brothers, Vincent Orth (Dee), Loren Orth (Susan Siemer), Mark Orth (Jill), Nilus Orth (Valerie) and Fabian Orth (Jennifer); sister-in-laws Judy Orth and Gael Storck (Tom Lykens); and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Felix Orth; brother, Linus Orth; brother-in-law, Randy Storck; and parents-in-law, Shelby Storck and Jackie Charno.

A Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with a visitation to follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Van Go, the Lawrence Art Center, Friends of KU Theatre, The Fresh Air Fund New York, or Covenant House New York, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be posted at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Warren-McElwain Mortuary
120 W. 13th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 31, 2018