Stern businesswoman softened by grandchildren
Lydia Milne knew what she wanted and could be stubborn, but she also was very loving, her daughter and a friend recalled.
“She was just strong,” said her daughter, LuAnn Doerzbacher. “My mother was a force of nature. She was not the biggest, in a word, but when you went head to head with her, you thought you were battling Goliath.”
Lydia A. Corsi Milne, 84, of South Greensburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in her home.
Mrs. Milne was born April 10, 1929, in Greensburg. She worked as personnel director for the former Joseph Horne Co. store in the former Greengate Mall and attended Our Lady of Grace Church.
Her soft side was evident with her family and grandchildren, Doerzbacher said. She lavished gifts on her grandchildren and took pleasure in their delight.
“They didn't just have presents, but what they wanted,” Doerzbacher said. “When it came to her grandkids, it didn't matter. She would spend her last dime on her grandchildren.”
Doerzbacher recalled when her mother held her great-grandson, Tristan, for the first time.
“She held that baby, and that baby wasn't going anywhere,” Doerzbacher said. “And she had a big smile on her face.”
During holidays, her mother made certain to have enough tasty treats for everyone, even if others questioned the volume, Doerzbacher said.
“We just didn't have cookies; we had COOKIES,” she said. “Oh, my goodness, she was an amazing baker.”
Friend Michelle VanHorn served as Mrs. Milne's caregiver the last few years.
“She had a heart of gold, but she could be tough,” VanHorn said. “I loved her so much. I'm going to miss her. She's been like a grandmother to me.”
Mrs. Milne was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Glenn Rhind Milne.
She is survived by three children, LuAnn Doerzbacher and husband, Jeff, of Spicewood, Texas, Linda Boyle of Greensburg, and Joseph Milne of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, Cara Boyle Clay and husband, Jason, Jonathan Doerzbacher and fiancee, Savannah Wood, and Caitlin Milne; one great-grandchild, Tristan Michael Clay.
A celebration of her life will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Clement L. Pantalone Funeral Home, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg.
Interment will be in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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