Esther (Lomas) Okarma

Esther (Lomas) OkarmaEsther (Lomas) Okarma, 87, of Turkey Run, Shenandoah, passed away Thursday at Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Turkey Run, February 27, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Hobart D. Lomas Sr. and Mary (Ondusko) Lomas.

She was a 1948 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah, and the Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia.

She then worked as a registered nurse for 45 years at Lankenau Hospital, first as head nurse in the emergency room department and later in the gastroenterology clinic.

Esther was a devout member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shenandoah, where she served as the financial secretary and was a former choir member. She was musically gifted and was a former member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Philadelphia and the former Schuylkill County Choral Society.

Esther was a world traveler having been to Europe, Africa, South America and China. She was a very kind, compassionate, caring and generous woman especially to her family, friends, community and church.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Albert Okarma, on April 14, 1989; two brothers, Hobart D. Lomas Jr. and George B. Lomas Sr.; and one nephew, George B. Lomas Jr.


Surviving are two sisters, Mary Suzanne Buckanavage and her husband, Joseph, Niantic, Conn., and Lois Sarah Lomas, Shenandoah; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, three great-great-nieces and many dear friends.

Religious services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. The Rev. Mindy Heppe will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held from 9 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

Esther (Lomas) Okarma Has 2 Condolences Posted:

  1. Maureen Tierney Orbock says:

    I worked with Esther at Lankenau Hospital many, many years ago. She was so nice and a wonderful head nurse. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, Maureen Tierney Orbock

  2. Brenda Lundholm says:

    Mary Sue and Lois,

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your dear sister, Esther. She was one of the dearest people I have ever known. I know she is in a better place right now and no longer suffering. May God comfort you in your grief.

    Love, Brenda Ondusko Lundholm