Mrs. Lenore M. Motz of Fountain Hills died unexpectedly on August 30, 2019. Visitation will be held at Catholic Church of the Ascension, 12615 N. Fountain Hills Blvd at 10 AM on Wednesday, September 4th, followed by a funeral mass at 11 AM with reception to follow at the church. Burial will follow at Paradise Memorial Gardens in the Mausoleum, 9300 E. Shea Blvd.
Lenore was born June 7, 1942 in Joliet, Illinois, to Peg and John Loeffler. She married Larry J. Van Wiel on November 28, 1964, and they had four sons.
She graduated from St. Francis College with a B.A. in Art and Teaching in 1964. She obtained a M.S. in Art Therapy from Drake University in 1988. She taught at the elementary and junior high levels, provided art therapy for both children and adults, and volunteered in numerous organizations including Cub Scouts, school boards, community theater, and a variety of church related groups. She was also an enthusiastic traveller and took great joy from following the many activities and achievements of her family.
Lenore was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Dr. Larry J. Van Wiel. She is survived by her husband, Don Motz, her sons and their spouses Kevin and Jennifer of Santa Fe, NM, Keith and Julie of Wilmington, DE, Loren and Karen of Portland, OR, and Todd and Amy of Denver, CO. Lenore embraced Don’s family as her own, and between them leaves numerous grand children, great-grandchildren and extended family. She is also survived by Larry's siblings, Rev. John Van Wiel of Arlington Heights, IL and Marjorie Dennison of Santa Clarita, CA.