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Lorenzen Children Education Fund

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On January 26, 2018, our friend and colleague Ed Lorenzen passed away tragically in a house fire. Ed’s contributions to the budget community in Washington will be felt for years to come, and he will always be remembered for his subtle, legendary wit that was unmatched. What those close to Ed know is that his proudest achievement was his three wonderful children: Zacheri, Michael, and Penny. Tragically, Michael was also lost in the fire and was found in Ed’s arms, but heroically Zacheri was able to carry Penny to safety.


To honor Ed’s memory and support his two surviving children, we are creating a long-term educational fund for Zacheri and Penny. This fund will help to take the burden of paying for college off of the family and children. All donations made through this page will go directly to support this effort. If you would like to make a donation through another means, please contact Chris Rotella (rotella@crfb.org) and other arrangements can be made.


*The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) is facilitating the creation of the fund outside of its normal business mission, so all donations made to "Lorenzen Children Education Fund" will not be recorded as donations to CRFB. Due to the nature of the fund, this also means that donations are not tax deductible.
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Ed Lorenzen’s family submitted his obituary on Wednesday with notice that a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 5, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Church in Rileyville, Pennsylvania at 10 am. Stay tuned for details on a memorial in Washington, DC, and please do join his family in Pennsylvania on Monday if you are able. The full text of the obituary is below:

Edward Scott Lorenzen, 47, of Silver Springs, MD and Conventry, RI, died tragically with his four year old son, Michael Lorenzen on Friday, January 26, 2018 in his home in Coventry, RI. Edward was formerly of Rileyville, PA and a graduate of Honesdale High School, class of 1988. Edward was also a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C. in 1992 where he received a degree in government and international relations.

Edward was born on July 7, 1970 in Topeka, KA. He was the son of Barbara Houghtaling of Rileyville and the late Michael Lorenzen. He was the step-son of the late Ivan Houghtaling.

Ed is survived by his son Zacheri (12) and daughter Penny (2), his mother Barbara Houghtaling, a sister Karen M. Lorenzen; a step-sister Michele Galloway and her husband John; his step-brother Eric Houghtaling and wife Jenelle.

Ed made his career in Washington, D.C. and recently was the Senior Advisor for the “Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.” He previously worked for the House Democratic Whip, Steny H. Hoyer who wrote of Ed in a press release on January 28, 2018, “Ed brought a rare passion to fiscal responsibility. He helped author the statutory PAYGO Act…”

“Ed shared that same passion for his Chicago Cubs, which he proudly promoted in my office on his ties. He was a resource not only to me but to staff and Members of both sides of the aisle throughout his time on Capitol Hill.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 5th at St. Joseph’s Church in Rileyville at 10 am. Friends may visit Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale, PA on Sunday, 1 to 5. Interment will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Church, c/o St. John the Evangelist Parish, 414 Church St. Honesdale, PA 18431.
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