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Lisa Ann Orthman
Viewing: September 19, 2018 (Wednesday) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: September 20, 2018 (Thursday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, MD

Lisa Ann Orthman, 56, of Montgomery Village, Md., passed away on September 13, 2018.  Born in Newton Centre, Mass., to Margaret and the late Robert Zolli, she is the cherished sister of Robert Zolli and Daniel Zolli.  Lisa attended Newton South High School and Southeastern Massachusetts University. Lisa will be well remembered and sorely missed by all who have had the opportunity to know and interact with her.  


Lisa always had a smile to give and will be remembered for her kindness, sweetness, and willingness to help others.  This was natural for her and was the way she lived her life since she was a young girl. Whether it was spending time with her ailing grandfather, Bobob, or just sitting with her Nana having tea and sugar cookies, Lisa always wanted to help and comfort others.  Later, as a young teenager, Lisa served as a volunteer candy striper at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. This is where Lisa continued to work as a young adult in Central supply as an instrumentation sterilization technician and a unit ward secretary for the Cardiac Step-down Unit of the hospital until she married her husband Charles (Chuck) in March, 1986 when she relocated with him to begin their life together In Maryland.  Once there Lisa continued to provide secretarial support to the medical services industry and she dedicated her life to being a wonderful wife and loving mother by providing a happy home for her husband and their three children, Brian, Billy, and Jessica Rose.


Lisa was very dedicated to providing the best for her family and the community she lived in.  Whether it was volunteering to assist at the local elementary school; being a Den Mother in the Cub Scouts which included getting drenched on camping trips that she did not enjoy going on; co-chairman for yearly pack Christmas fund raising campaigns; serving as a religious education teacher in the church, even after her children no longer attended religious education classes; serving as a Girl Scout leader; hosting yearly neighborhood Christmas parties; and just always being there to help to her friends and neighbors.  


She continued sharing and caring when her mother relocated from Massachusetts to the Kentland Manor Senior Apartments.  Lisa helped her mother setup and maintain her apartment, visiting often, playing Scrabble and interacting with her mother’s new friends.  Not only did she help her mother, but was always willing to help any residents there.


Lisa always presented herself as “technology challenged” and grumbled about the number of remotes in the house, but she quickly grasped the advantages of mobile technologies, using her phone to regularly interact with her now fully grown sons or playing “Word with Friends”.  She even helped Chuck with this new technology, who regularly stumbled whenever he tried to use his smart phone.


Lisa was always a news sponge, absorbing news from local publications and following national and world wide events.  Whether it was Prince Harry’s wedding, weather devastation, disease, hunger, or pure acts of kindness, she liked to be aware of all of it.  She repeatedly used this understanding to help her family become better citizens and contributors to the community. She always wanted to see people being treated humanely and repeatedly taught us to reciprocate with kindness.  Lisa believed in righteousness and wanted to see fairness and the betterment of all.


Lisa always wanted to help others and she established a welcoming home, where family, friends, and neighbors always knew they could find good food, cheer, conversation and, if needed, a roof over their head.  This tragic loss blindsided all those who ever knew her. Lisa Ann Orthman was a pillar for the community, well loved by those around her and she will be sorely missed by her family and those who knew her.  

Chuck, Brian, Billy and Jessica continue to feel her love and will use this and everything she taught us to make sure we get through this together.  Lisa has provided us with what we need to live, love, learn, and appreciate the greatness of life. We will cherish what she has given us and love her always.

Friends and family are welcome to call on Wednesday, September 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Dr., Gaithersburg, Md.  Mass of Christian Burial to be held Thursday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, Md. Interment to follow at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Autism Speaks ( or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (

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