CUMBERLAND — George W. “Lovey” Lovenstein went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
He was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Cumberland, to the late Hubert and Clara (Adams) Lovenstein. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Louis.
Lovey is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty (Harrison) who was the love of his life; his daughters, Sharon Mike, Cumberland, and Diane Rice and husband Jerry, Greenwood, S.C. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ann of Cumberland; his four grandchildren, Jason Rice, Georgia, Justin Rice, Baltimore, Brian Mike and Melissa Curry of Abingdon, and Bethany Rusenko and husband Mike, Georgia; and his four great-grandchildren, Austin, Julianna, Jaelynn and Jackson.
He grew up in North End, attended Saint Patrick’s grade school and graduated from LaSalle High School in 1944. After high school he began his 37 year career with the United States Postal Service in Cumberland and LaVale in roles from letter carrier to supervisor of carriers. He served in the Navy during World War II. For many years he was a member of the Bowling Green Fire Department, a local football referee and an official scorekeeper for the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Basketball tournament. Lovey was a long time member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was very involved with the Knights of Columbus Council 586 serving as Grand Knight, District Deputy and eventually as the State Deputy for Maryland. He was very proud that he visited every council in Maryland at least once during his term.
Lovey and Betty retired to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1982 and spent 21 happy years there. They made a lot of new friends and enjoyed playing golf, going to shows, travelling, etc., Lovey was in charge of altar servers as well as being a Eucharistic Minister and Betty volunteered in the church office at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church. They also did weekly volunteer work at the office of Golf Holiday which included volunteering at the annual Dupont/Energizer Senior Open every August, other golf tournaments and golf shows throughout the United States and a special trip to the Irish Open in Killarney for their many years of service.
They moved back to Cumberland in 2003 and have resided at the Kensington Assisted Living where he was loved by everyone and received excellent care from the staff. He really enjoyed looking out the window of their 6th floor apartment everyday over downtown Cumberland.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, (www.scarpellifh.com) is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations in his name can be made to Bishop Walsh School or the Shrine of Saint Peter and Paul.