August 07, 2012
Daughter of Lake Erie College Alumna Donates Book to Lincoln Library(Painesville, Ohio) – Florence Ditlow, daughter of alumna Louise Stitt (attended 1938-40), visited Lake Erie College in June with her sister Cindy to donate her book titled "The Bakery Girls” to the Lincoln Library. The book is a historical fiction novel based on the Stitt family bakery that opened in the early 1900s in Harrisburg, Pa. Lake Erie College provided the backdrop for several of the chapters in the book.
During Florence and Cindy’s visit to Lake Erie College, they immediately felt the presence of their mother. From pictures taken with the rock donated by the Class of 1894 and the statue of Tiberius to time they spent in College Hall, Florence and Cindy were able to put their mother’s memories into reality.
"Lake Erie College had a powerful effect on our mother, helping her grow, mature socially and survive WWII. Our own educations somehow began at the College. This trip helped us know Mom better in such an enjoyable way,” said Ditlow.
Ditlow currently lives in Bonaire, a Dutch Caribbean municipality. She worked as a registered nurse in Washington, D.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Boston and New York prior to retiring in 1995. In 1988 she joined the American Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor where she continues to practice and promote therapeutic humor.