Lorraine Crowley, who ran businesses in Cleveland and Florida, died March 11 in Aventura, Florida. She was 80. Mrs. Crowley and her husband moved to Florida in 1977 to be close to her parents and siblings. They opened a bookstore, L & L Video Library, on Miami Beach. Mrs. Crowley later trained and practiced as a manicurist, working side by side with her sister.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mrs. Crowley never lost her Brooklyn speech mannerisms. Everyone knew where she was from as soon as she spoke. She and her husband moved to Twinsburg in 1957. Mrs. Crowley managed the Miles Drive Inn Theatre for many years. Her mother sold tickets, and her father directed cars to park. She retired from the Miles Drive Inn after being confronted by armed robbers; once she was satisfied that her parents were both safe, she was shot four times despite fully cooperating with the gunmen.
Mrs. Crowley initiated conversations with anyone she met, whether at the store, airport, casino, synagogue or Bingo hall, and she befriended many. She began bringing her daughters to Warrensville Center Synagogue, now Cedar Sinai Synagogue, and they moved their family to Cleveland Heights to have contact with the Jewish community.
Mrs. Crowley was predeceased by her husband Larry. She is survived by her son Dan (Cynthia) of Sacramento, California, formerly of Westlake; daughters Margaret (Dale) Kahn of Tampa, Florida, formerly of Solon, and Penny (Lenny) Beer; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Diane Saul and Barbara Lazega of Miami; and brother Larry Gaisin of Miami. Contributions are suggested to Crowley Children’s Fund, 1730 I St., Ste. 101, Sacramento, CA 95811, or to Fuchs Mizrachi School.