Lea Diane Orth

Mass of Christian Burial for Lea Diane Orth, 69, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Lea passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Lea was born February 17, 1949 in Great Bend, Kansas the daughter of Felix and Barbara (Oberle) Orth.

She attended Holy Name Elementary School and graduated from Bushton Rural High School. She then received her BFA from the University of Kansas in Theater Set Design, and went on to receive her MBA from Columbia University, in Theater Business Arts Management.

She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in New York City, where she volunteered. She was a member of the KU Alumni Association, Friend of KU Theater, Kansas University Woman’s Club, LFK Writers Co-op, and was an avid Jayhawk sports fan.

She worked as a Marketing Strategist, Bridal Stylist, Political Researcher for CBS and NBC, Playwright, Costumer, Actor and Director.

She married Philip Alan Storck on November 22, 1977 at Danforth Chapel in Lawrence, KS. He survives of the home. Lea and Alan lived most of their life together in New York City and in 1998 they bought a home in Lawrence and split their time between Lawrence and New York City, until 2013 when they made Lawrence their residence.

She is also survived by her two sons, Aaron Storck (Jenny Storck) and Ryan Storck; two grandchildren, Julian and Sean; her mother, Barbara Orth; sisters Lois Orth-Lopes (Steve Lopes), Sheila Orth and Carmen Orth-Alfie (Sebastian Alfie); brothers, Vincent Orth (Dee), Loren Orth (Susan Siemer), Mark Orth (Jill), Nilus Orth (Valerie) and Fabian Orth (Jennifer); sister-in-laws Judy Orth and Gael Storck (Tom Lykens); and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Felix Orth; brother, Linus Orth; brother-in-law, Randy Storck; and parents-in-law, Shelby Storck and Jackie Charno.

A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with a visitation to follow from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Van Go, the Lawrence Art Center, Friends of KU Theatre, The Fresh Air Fund New York, or Covenant House New York, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

18 Condolences

  1. Scott Grannan on July 30, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I’m so very sorry to learn of Lea’s passing. She was one of the most giving people I’ve ever known. I will be praying for everyone feeling her loss.

  2. Mary Hertach on July 30, 2018 at 7:16 am

    My thoughts and prayers are for Lea. There never is a good time but she has to be happy and relaxed where she is with our Lord.

  3. Keela on July 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Prayers for comfort during this time.

  4. Belinda Murrell on July 30, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I am saddened to hear that Lea has passed. I remember her laugh, and it was warm and generous. I will miss this elegant woman who mattered to me. May my prayers be heard.

  5. Annie Silver on July 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I’m in shock at Lea’s sudden passing. We worked together for many years in NYC and she was sweet and incredibly funny. We hadn’t seen each other in a while, but stayed in constant contact through Facebook. I will miss her intelligent and heartfelt posts there. I send condolences to Alan, her sons and the rest of the family.

  6. GARY GREENBERG on July 30, 2018 at 8:00 pm


  7. Aunt Dorothy (oberle) Stoss on July 31, 2018 at 10:18 am

    So sorry to hear of Lea’s passing. Such a talented artistic lady. My sympathy to all her family.

  8. Marc Steinberg on July 31, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    I’m deependly saddened to learn of Lea’s passing. I got to know her while working together for 8 years in New York, and had a lot of fun. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

  9. Mich E on July 31, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    My condolences to Lea’s family. May you all keep many happy memories of her close to your hearts. But if sadness comes, take comfort in these loving promises from Jehovah God. “Do not be anxious…..but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7; Isaiah 25:8 New World Translation

  10. Eugen Oberle on August 1, 2018 at 8:31 am

    We Oberles from Black Forest have so good remembers of Lea and her visit of the Oberle reunion. And we were looking forward to see us again – here in Germany or in US. So we are so sorry to read of Lea’s passing!

  11. Marlo Angell on August 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

    My warmest sympathies to Lea’s family. Lea was a beautiful writer and a pleasure to have in our screenwriting class which was more of a family than a group of students. Lea always lended her passion and insights into supporting the work of her fellow students and added such humor and grace to our time together every week. She had many more stories to tell and I feel lucky to have heard the ones she shared with me.

  12. Sue (Smith) Kaiser on August 1, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I went to school with Lea at Bushton High School. She was very talented and lived a very exciting and giving life as written in her Obit. My sincere condolences to the entire family. RIP Lea.

  13. Cynthia Cohen on August 1, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Lea will be deeply missed. She was a smart, caring woman. Our children went to some of the same schools so we got to be friends- she would always be willing to help out in a pinch. So so sad to hear this news.

  14. Ilsa Halpern on August 1, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I was deeply saddened to hear about Lea. I remember her so fondly from the years we spent living across the street from each other in NY and raising our two boys side by side. I will always remember her warm spirit and great energy. My thoughts and deepest sympathy to her family.

  15. Jerry Wright on August 2, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I met Lea in Washington D.C. while rooming with her brother Vince in the early 70’s when Vince and I were stationed there with the Navy. I only have fond memories of her then and I really appreciated her playing chess with me while my ankle healed from a motorcycle wreck. I pray for strength and comfort for her family and friends.

  16. Jeanne Lunin on August 3, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Jeanne Lunin:
    My heartfelt sympathies to Alan, Aaron (and Jenny), and Ryan and the entire Orth-Storck family on Lea’s sudden passing. I met Lea at the playground when Aaron and my daughter, Chloe, were infants, and we were constant companions as our children grew. She was, in Chloe’s words, her “second mother,” and my best friend. While life eventually took us in different directions, I will never forget her incredible kindness, generosity, calm demeanor, and tolerance. From building teepees in Central Park to prowling around the museums and even pinning flowers in my hair when I married John (Fishman), we had so much fun together. John, Chloe and I are deeply saddened and send our love.

  17. Kathi Moyer on August 4, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Back in the 70’s I was so impressed at how beautiful Lea looked in her theater photos and looking at this picture of her she still had that beauty. The Storck wedding was picture perfect too. When she and her sister Lois surprise us by driving all the way to PA for our wedding -well we have such happy ingrained memories of the short time we all had together. I am deeply sadden for all of her most wonderful family.

  18. john Dobbs... on November 3, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    CONDOLENCES to the wife of (Philip) Alan Storck, I didn’t know Lea but knew Alan many years ago whom i considered to be a close friend … We both began our Theater studies together at Alans prompting… So I recognize what must be his great sorrow at the passing of his wife of many years…. Best wishes for the rest of you at this time…

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