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Ella Mae Lorts, 87, of Edwardsville, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Eden Village.

She was born on February 14, 1933 in Brighton, IL, the daughter of Albert and Luella (Hunt) Schmidt.  She married Fred C. Lorts on February 14, 1954 in Fosterburg, IL.

Ella was a secretary in the Bethalto School District before retirement.  She was a member of the Fosterburg Presbyterian Church.  Ella was raised on her family farm in the Brighton area and attended Alton/Brighton high schools.

Survivors include her son, Perry (Susie) Lorts; sister, Emma Jean (Wilbert) Bartels of Brighton; three grandchildren, Kyle (Leanne) Lorts, Kory (Paige) Lorts, and Kerry (Stephanie) Lorts; five great-grandchildren, June Elizabeth, Charlotte Rose, Wesley Edward, Isla Mae, and Louie Anthony.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred.

Services will be private.  Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Association.

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