Earle Lerner, 93, assisted veterans with purchasing homes

Earle Lerner, 93, of Virginia Beach, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

Born in New York, he served our country in Germany during World War II as a U.S. Army sergeant.

He was preceded in death by three wives, a brother and a sister. He had no children of his own. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree and had a thriving catering business in New York. He and his first wife Katie, an opera singer, moved to Virginia Beach around 1960 due to the climate and an interest in Edgar Cayce and the ARE. He became very active in real estate, and specialized in assisting veterans and lower-income clients to qualify for and buy homes. He was the top-producing agent for VA loans across the entire nation during one year in the 1980s.

In 1989, about a year after Katie passed away, he married Charlotte, and acquired two stepchildren, Beth and Rob Blair, and eventually six grandchildren, John, Willie and Sarah Banschenbach of Virginia Beach, and Lauren, Victoria and Christian Blair of Fort Myers, Florida. Charlotte and Earle were married for 18 years when she passed away in 2007. Earle, never wanting to be a bachelor, married Cynthia several months later. They divorced in 2013, and Earle moved to Beacon Shores Nursing Home soon after, where he met his most recent wife, Carolyn. They married in the nursing home and shared a room there until she passed away in 2015. After that, he met the next love of his life Linda and remained friends with her until his passing. Earle had been an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church since 1989.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3900 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk.

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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