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CORDES LOVERNE CHRISTIAN
LOVERNE CHRISTIAN CORDES
Loverne Christian Cordes F.A.S.I.D., 84, formerly of Chagrin Falls, died peacefully on January 8, 2012. Loving wife, sister, and mother. She was born 2/13/1927 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Frank Andrew & Loverne Christian. After graduating from Shaw High School, she attended Purdue University. She was in the first graduating class of Interior Designers in 1949. From 1949 to 1967 she was an Interior Designer for the Fred Epple Company. From 1967 to 2006 she ran her own Interior Design Firm. She was a recipient of First National Presidential Citation 1973, 74, 75 & 78. She represented the United States at the First International Design Federation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, and also represented the United States at the First Design Seminar in Russia. In 1974, she was made a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers, the highest honor one can receive in her profession. She was president of the A.S.I.D. Ohio North Chapter, as well as, National V.P. of the East Central Region. She served on the National Board of Fellows & the National Awards Committee of A.S.I.D.
Mrs. Cordes was also a past President of Kappa Kappa Gamma Cleveland Alumnae Association, past President of the Ohio Chapter of National Home Fashion League; she served on the board for Dunham Tavern and was a past President of Dunham Dames. She also did many of their period rooms. She was a past President of Decorative Arts Trust Cleveland Circle. She was on the Western Reserve Historical Society's Women's Advisory Council and designed many of their period rooms. She was a member of: American Furniture Collector's, The Cleveland Art Museum, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Chagrin Falls Historical Society, Confrierie de la chaine des Rotisseurs, Chagrin Valley Country Club, Intown Club, Arcadian, Dogwood Garden Club and the Cotillion Society of Cleveland. She is listed in Who's Who in America and The World's Who's Who of Women.
Mrs. Cordes was predeceased by her husband, William Cordes. She is survived by her sister, Joanne Merkel of Aurora, Ohio; her son, Christian Cordes of Mt. Kisco, NY.; her daughter, Carey and Bill Lochridge of Wayne, NJ. She has one grandson, Robert.
Memorial services will be held February 11, 2012, at Packanack Community Church in Wayne, NJ, at 11:00 a.m. and June 23, 2012 at Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights, Ohio at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Dunham Tavern Museum, 6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44102 or the Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. For more information visit www.vandermay.com.
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