Lorraine Atherton Privitera died on March 11, 2020 in Chantilly, Virginia, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Lorri was born in Le Roy, NY, in 1946, daughter of Edward and Rheta Atherton. She graduated from Le Roy High School, SUNY Delhi and York College of Pennsylvania; later in life, she obtained an MA in English from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After leaving Le Roy, she lived in York, Pennsylvania, Red Bank, New Jersey, and San Antonio, Texas, then moved to northern Virginia upon retirement. She has had a long career in corporate communications, having worked for Pfaltzgraff, General Motors and USAA. Lorri loved international travel, making trips to England, France, Germany, Switzerland and India. She was an avid reader and a lover of words.
Lorri was predeceased by her husband, John Privitera. She is survived by her children, Noel MacKenzie (and his wife Nancy, nÃ©e Deffenbaugh) of Salem, Ohio, and Kristin MacKenzie (and her husband Carl D. Orr) of Centerville, Virginia, both of her first marriage to the late Jim. Mac Kenzie. She is also survived by four grandchildren, James and Ashli ââMacKenzie, as well as Elizabeth and Catherine Orr.
Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the family has postponed services until this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations from the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or the Woodward Memorial Library in Le Roy (woodwardmemoriallibrary.org).
There will be a celebration of Lorri’s life on August 28 at 3 p.m. at the Machpelah Cemetery in Le Roy.