Ms. Lorena Ammar

Ms. Lorena Ammar

September 24, 1925 - November 15, 2021
Charleston, WV

Ms. Lorena Ammar

September 24, 1925 - November 15, 2021
Charleston, WV


Lorena Ammar, 96, passed quietly in her home, surrounded by family, after suffering a decline precipitated by a recent fall in her home.

A lifelong resident of Charleston, WV, she was born in 1925 to parents Joseph and Alice (Zegeer) Ammar and was the second youngest of eight children.

Lorena graduated from Charleston High School and attended classes at Morris Harvey College (now Univ. of Charleston). She was a basketball player in high school and later served as a referee. In addition to being a lifelong basketball enthusiast, her other hobbies included reading and travel.

As a young woman she was a dedicated reader and a regular at the Kanawha County Public Library. As a result, towards the end of WW II, the library staff approached her when was 19 years old and asked her to apply for a job. She began working there as a librarian and rose through the ranks to eventually work at the highest level of the administrative offices. After 44 years of service, she retired in 1988. She was the longest serving employee of the library system.

After retirement Lorena remained active well into her 90’s, and every day made it a point to leave her home, meet with friends, spend time with her best friend to the late Jenna Bsharah and her family, and support local community efforts.

Lorena was a lifelong and dedicated member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral. She was active in both the St. George Ladies Guild as well as the “Shums il Bir”.
Lorena was predeceased by her parents, her siblings William, Woodrow, Charlie, Philip, Ida, George, and Mary, as well as her niece Linda (Ammar) Harshbarger.

She is survived by her nephews Gregory Ammar (Dekalb, Illinois), Douglas (Elise Alves) Ammar (Atlanta, GA), Willie Ammar (Sandpoint, Idaho), Larry Ammar (Grants Pass, Oregon), her “double” cousin Annette Doumany, as well as a host of great and great-great nephews and nieces.

She will be remembered for her quick wit, her keen intelligence – especially with mathematics and dates, her amazingly generous spirit, her sense of humor, and her no-nonsense approach to life.

During the last few years of her life, many people came to care for and celebrate Lorena. She was blessed to have the support of friends, church members, care givers, and especially the selfless sacrifice of her great niece Tiffany Fitch.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 19, 2021 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 190 Court St, Charleston with the Reverend Father Joseph Hazar, Dean officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Visitations will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, November 18, 2021 with 8pm Trisagion Prayer Service at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street, East, Charleston and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, she asked for her friends and family to make donations to either St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral (190 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301) and / or Union Mission (700 S. Park Rd., Charleston, WV, 25304).

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Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.


  • Date & Time: November 18, 2021 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
  • Venue: Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home
  • Location: 1118 Virginia Street, East Charleston, WV 25301 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: 3043428135

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: November 19, 2021 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Venue: St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
  • Location: 190 Court Street Charleston, WV 25301 - (Get Directions)

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church

  • Address: 190 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301

Union Mission

  • Address: 700 South Park Road, Charleston, WV 25304

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4 responses to Ms. Lorena Ammar

  1. Lorena was not my family member by blood, but she was in every other way that counted. I was actually her late brother Phil Ammar’s niece by marriage, and I have known Lorena all my life. Throughout my childhood, she never forgot a Christmas or birthday, and she was there with Uncle Phil and his wife, my Aunt Kista, at my high school graduation. Many years later, after Uncle Phil’s death, Lorena and I joined together to care for Aunt Kista, who suffered from dementia during the last several years of her life. I don’t have the words to explain how profound an experience that was, or to express my admiration and gratitude for how much Lorena did.

    I’ll always remember Lorena’s sense of humor, sharp wit, and extraordinary energy. I deeply respected her commitment to her Church and to the charitable causes she valued. To her family, I offer my sincerest sympathy. In Lorena, we have lost someone whose life was not only lived well, but magnificently. I will miss her very much.

    Elaine Sheppard

  2. Ms Lorena was a beautiful and funny lady and will be greatly missed. .I happily took care of Ms Lorena a few times… prayers for the family!!

  3. Sincere condolences to the family of Lorena Ammar. I had the pleasure of working events with her at St George. So sorry for your loss.

  4. We send our sincere condolences to Lorena’s family and friends. She was the sister to my Uncle Phil. My mom (Jeanne Sheppard Abshier) said Lorena, her sister, Mary, and my Aunt Kista fought over who was going to hold me first when I was born. I laughed at that story because I remember them all and could totally see that happening. Lorena was always good to my mom and I and I appreciate her generous spirit and how involved she was with her church. We are very sorry she has left this Earth but know she is with God now. May peace be given to the family. Jeanne Sheppard Abshier and Jennifer Sheppard

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