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Laura Susan Lima

August 27, 1957 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 64)

Tribute

Our beloved Lori passed away at her home in Willow Glen after a long illness. Lori fought hard to live, but she knew she was facing tough odds. Lori’s last acts reflected her hopefulness, her bravery, her love of her family and friends, and her desire to leave the world a little better than when she joined it. 

Lori was born to Diane and Bill Wien in San Jose, California, on August 27th, 1957, the youngest of five children. Her full given name was Laura Susan, but everyone called her Lori, which fit her friendly, warm personality. Lori was a natural for her field, sales, because of her sincerity, keen intelligence, and desire to do her best for everyone she met. But Lori's true calling was as a person of ideas and initiative. At her property in San Martin she created a charming cottage from a simple foundation and bare studs. She built a business around dried flowers, handmade soaps and candles, and beautiful hand-sewn gifts. 

Lori loved nature and felt a deep, spiritual connection with the land and its wild creatures. She was a phenomenal gardener, bringing out the best in every plant and flower she cultivated. From the natural world around her Lori created beautiful objects bursting with artistry. Her hands and mind were always busy. More recently Lori was creating shadow boxes that expressed her faith in an eternal good and her love of the natural world around her. 

Lori had a special personality that everyone immediately noticed. She was a natural comedian, and she had a gift for mimicking accents and creating characters on the spot. Lori examined every human (and animal) situation for its meaning and its nuances, and if humor could be found, she would bring it out. She had an incisive intelligence and natural instincts about what would make people smile. She loved to share laughs and good feelings. 

She was inspired and influenced by her grandmothers, Velma Seimas and Ruby Ward, who were a big part of her life as she grew up. Lori was preceded in death by her mother, Diane Wien, and her father, William Wien. Lori is profoundly missed by her siblings and their spouses, Sharon Flood, Steven and Ping Wien (née Cao), Lisa Dearborn (née Wien) and Glenn Gee, and William Wien. She is deeply mourned by her nephew, Robert Rogers; and her nieces, April Gee, Bianca Xu (née Gee), and Mimi Cao. Lori’s loss is felt deeply by her surviving aunts, uncle, and cousins, her many close friends, and the neighbors who became her extended family at her home in Willow Glen.

The birth of Lori's twin grand nieces in July 2020, Elizabeth and Alexandra Xu, delighted Lori. Lori always felt a deep connection with children, and they, in turn, adored her.

Lori leaves behind her beloved kitty, Gracie (who is now in sister Sharon’s loving home). Throughout her life Lori devoted her love and care to many feline and canine friends (and even a few chickens), each of whom Lori never forgot. 

A celebration of Lori’s life will be held in the spring of 2022. (Please refer back to this page for updated details.) Those wishing to make a donation in Lori’s memory could consider her favorite non-profit stations, KDFC and KQED, or a local animal rescue organization such as Town Cats in Morgan Hill. 

We will never forget you, dearest Lori. 

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