Lori B. Marinacci, 78, of Lancaster, died August 20, 2017 , surrounded by her Famiglia at her home. She was born December 19, 1938, to the late Martha and John Barnes in Washington Court House. Lori graduated from Washington Court House High School and obtained her RN from Springfield City Hospital School of Nursing. She had worked in numerous hospitals and healthcare facilities before becoming a full-time homemaker when she married the love of her life in 1960.
Lori and Nick owned and operated Marinacci Medical Laboratory for 45 years. In 1985, Lori was the first woman elected as Fairfield County Commissioner. She served the people of Fairfield County for two terms and in 1988 was appointed by Governor Celeste to the Ohio Commodores, an honor indeed. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, St. Mary School Board, Ohio Right to Life, Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Board, Lazurus Committee, Rotary, Cameo League Board, Friend of Lancaster Festival, Fairfield County Children Services Board and a long time supporter, tutor and board member of the West After School Program. Lori currently is one of the Fairfield County Historical Parks Commissioners and was instrumental in the restoration of Rockmill. Lori believed strongly in leaving things better than you found it; and she did just that for 78 years. Lori is survived by her husband of 57 years, Nick N. Marinacci; children, Lisa (Michael) Powers of Reynoldsburg, Gina Marinacci of Columbus, Nicholas Marinacci II of Calascio, Italy, Angi (Brian) Marinacci-Young of Bremen; grandchildren, Kelli, Molli, Gianni, Lilli; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, John Barnes Jr. Memorial Mass will at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with Fr. Craig Eilerman as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. Friends may visit 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sheridan Funeral Home with vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Shelly Strigle Scholarship c/o Fairfield County Foundation, 162 East Main St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130 or the West After School Program, 620 Garfield Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio 43130