Lore Ema Tromp

Published 4:07 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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Lore Ema Tromp (born on June 23, 1932, as Hanne Lore Erna Osterode) passed away peacefully on Dec. 3, 2023 at age 91 in her home at Willow Pond apartments in Mocksville.

Known affectionately by those who loved her as Omi, Lore was born in Königsberg, East Prussia, in the pre-war era to Kurt and Era Osterode. She was one of four children and had fond memories of childhood summers on the Baltic Sea collecting amber. Lore loved to look back at scrapbooks from this time and remember those summers. Her family was displaced during WWII, moving from town to town until settling in Mansbach, Germany. After the war, Lore became a waitress in Lucerne, Switzerland before coming to the United States as an au pair to her sponsors. She settled in Florida, married, and became a U.S. citizen in 1966. Lore earned her Realtor’s license in Florida and North Carolina. She always dreamed of having her own decorating business and made that dream a reality by starting Anilore Creations. Before fully retiring, she also enjoyed working with the Davie County Men’s Group Home. Lore moved to Winston-Salem in 1979 when her daughter, Anike, was accepted into Guilford College. Shortly after, Lore joined Parkway Presbyterian Church and the Triad German Club. She loved her church family and was actively involved in many areas of church life. Lore volunteered often with the German Club’s popular Oktoberfest, making pounds of potato salad every year.  In the early ‘80s, she moved to Farmington to renovate an old farmhouse and “find her roots.” From there, she relocated to Spring Street in downtown Mocksville and later to the Willow Pond apartments, where she has lived for the past nine years. Lore loved her view of the pond and the fact that she could spend evenings on her balcony talking to the moon. In her retirement, Lore joined the Mocksville Garden Club and for many years loved her water aerobics group at the YMCA. She was also a survivor of breast cancer and spent time involved in Mocksville’s Relay for Life. Lore’s greatest joys were flowers, well-presented food (alongside a just-right piece of salmon), and her friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Ingrid; Ingrid’s daughters, Doris and Marion, and her parents, Kurt and Era.

Lore is survived by: her daughter, Anike Fuller; son-in-law, John Fuller; her 2 granddaughters, Morgan and Karli Fuller; and by 2 siblings in Germany, Barbel Weithe and Andreas Osterode and their families, whom she loved very much.

Lore’s service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29 at Parkway Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Parkway Presbyterian, 1000 Yorkshire Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106; or Mocksville Garden Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Jean Harpe, 295 Old Towne Dr, Advance, NC 27006.

Online condolences: www.lambertfuneralhomenc.com.