Barbra Lathrop

February 8th, 1942 to May 5th, 2006
Barbra G. Ort Lathrop Ft. Gratiot - Barbra G. Ort Lathrop, 64, died Friday, May 5, 2006 after a battle with lung cancer. She was born February 8, 1942 in Armada, MI. Barb loved laughing with her family and friends, and especially loved her grandchildren. She and her husband Ben enjoyed traveling to their Northern Michigan retreat. She is survived by her husband, Ben Lathrop of Ft. Gratiot; sons Jim (Rebecca) Ort of Seattle, WA and John (Stacey) Ort of Ft. Gratiot; daughter Michelle Ort of Washington D.C.; son, Bill Ort of Seattle; daughters, Dyanna (Robert ) Hurley of Sterling Heights and Nicole (Todd) VonHiltmayer of Ft. Gratiot; 6 grandchildren; mother, Lillian Kahler of Armada, mother-in-law, Ann Ort of Ft. Gratiot; sisters-in-law, Cathy (John) Skinner of Kalamazoo and Sandra Ort of Port Huron and many dear and close friends. Barb is preceded in death by her husband ,James A. Ort; father, Al Kahler and her fiancee' James Kreger. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. The Rev Gerhardt Doroh of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Richmond will officiate Visiting hours are 2-4 & 7-9 Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association. For guest book and information, please visit

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