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Harry Lorden

Monday, August 12, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

St. Ann Catholic Church


Harry Frederick Lorden, 94, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at his home with family present.

Born Sunday, July 5, 1925 in Dundalk, MD, he was the son of the late Harry C. Lorden and the late Josephine (Schmidt) Lorden.

Harry graduated from Parkville High School and attended night school at Johns Hopkins University.  He served in the U.S. Air Force. Harry was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Catholic Golden Age, Summerland Social Club, Morris Frock Post 42, the B.P.O. Elks 378th Auxiliary, and Knights of Columbus.

After a career in sales management at General Electric Corporation and Spicher's Appliance, he retired in 1993.

Harry invested in the community. He coached at Federal Little League, served two different terms on the St. Ann’s Church Parish Council as well as on the financial committee. He has co-chaired and served on fund-raising events for both St. Ann’s and St. Maria Goretti, and served for 2 years on the Goretti school board.  He held various offices on the St. Maria Goretti Athletic Association during his eleven years serving there. He was “ways and means” chairman of the Tri-State Catholic Golden Age since its inception in 1988 until recently. Harry was a faithful Adorer at the St. Maria Goretti chapel. Harry enjoyed coordinating and hosting and acting as tour guide for over 20 bus trips for seniors around the country.  He participated in the activities of his beloved Summerland Manor community, holding several offices and chairing social events. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Catherine Theresa Lorden who passed in January 2012; son, Michael T. Lorden; and sister, Eva Shaw.

Harry is survived by Margaret Pontzer of Hagerstown, his constant companion and second love of his life these past six years. 

He is also survived by his three daughters, Mary G. Gilroy of Millsboro, Del., Josephine A. Elder and husband Robert, of Ocean City, MD, Theresa L. Caputy & husband Vincent of Vienna, VA; two sons, Gregory H. Lorden & wife Kimberley of Littleton, CO, Patrick K. Lorden & wife Franziska of Cockeysville, MD; daughter-in-law Sarah H. Lorden Maxwell of Wellesley, MA; twelve grandchildren and various nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, on Monday, August 12, 2019, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Msgr. J. Bruce Jarboe as celebrant.

A reception will immediately follow the Mass at St. Ann’s parish center.

Interment will be held privately at Parkwood Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD, 21742, St. Maria Goretti, 1535 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Ambleside School of Colorado, 1510 East Phillips Ave., Centennial, CO 80122.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

Dear Theresa and family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. He was a very kind man and a true gentleman. What I remember most is his beautiful witness to his Catholic faith. I pray that each of you will treasure your Catholic faith that was passed on to you. May Jesus and Mary be with you at this time of sorrow and grief.

Lona Squibb Mastiano
Hagerstown, Maryland

Harry was a beloved member of our community. He will always be remembered for his community spirit.

Cathy Godfrey

Dear Margaret, Sincerest condolences . Know that you and the family are on our prayer hearts. Strong memories will help you stay strong over the next few hard on the heart days. Memories of Harry and the adventures you had together are so valuable now and forever. Hugs Larry and Kate Nekuza Bradenton, Florida

Larry and Kate Nekuza
Bradenton , Florida

Mr. Lorden was an incredibly kind and generous person who along with his entire family always made me feel welcomed, safe and a part of something bigger! Quite certain we all have similar memories and are comforted by the fact that His spirit of kindness and good will exists within his family and if we are so lucky, perhaps inside those of us who were blessed to spend moments of our own lives under his watch.

Geoff Shank
Chicago, Illinois

Pat, Sorry to hear about your dad. Praying for you and your family.

Samantha Landaker (Fahey)
Clear Spring, Maryland

I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed

Eileen Ford
Middletown, MD

The first time I met Harry was the summer of 1990 when my younger sister fell head over heals for Mike... the backyard bash- Hagerstown Md we thought where was that? Orioles fans... hmmmm- my first and last time seeing Harry were the same - even though it was so many years later- big smile- beer in his hand and surrounded by the family he loved and adored... could it be any better? Thank you Harry- all those words of encouragement- St.anne find me a man! Until we all meet again- say hi to Kitty and Mike Love you all!

Susan and John Galvin
Needham , Ma

As a Brother Knight of Columbus I send my sincere prayers and respect to the family of our fallen brother. We will pray for him and his.

John Navarro
Hagerstown , Md

We have known Harry since he and Kitty moved into the Summerland Manor Community. Harry was a very active member of the community, but he will be best remembered for the great parties that he planned at the Community Center. It was such a pleasure to be able to say that Harry was our friend.

Ken and Sandy Lotz
Hagerstown, Maryland

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