Orrville — Lois Gisel Leidig, 92, of Orrville, formerly of Canton, died February 1, 2024 after a period of declining health in her home at the OrrVilla retirement community under hospice care.
Lois was born December 11, 1931, in Wauseon, Ohio to the late Mable Klopfenstein (Gisel Stuckey) and Lloyd Gisel. Lois is survived by her daughter Shari Leidig Holland (Scott) of Pittsburgh PA; sisters Lavonne Bixler of Goshen, Indiana and Ruth Nafziger of Archbold, Ohio and nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Melvin, her daughter Debra Anne who was developmentally disabled, stepbrother Maurice Stuckey and her mother and father.
Lois was a member of Orrville Mennonite Church. She met her husband Melvin when they were in Mennonite Voluntary service in Saginaw Michigan where they started Grace Chapel Mennonite Church. They married in 1954. She was active both in the church and community throughout her life. In church arenas she taught, lead singing, and served in the role of peace and social concerns representative. She was a loving mother and spouse and enjoyed spending time with her family. She and her husband Melvin enjoyed doing genealogical family research and meeting extended family through this process. She loved flower gardening. She was very social and loved people. Lois linked her social activity to service by volunteering for habitat for humanity, making MCC school kits, knotting comforters for relief and volunteering in after school programs and numerous other community projects. She was energized by activity. In recent years she loved calling friends and family to sing happy birthday to them.
She attended Goshen College and Western Michigan University and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary and early child education and spent her life devoted to teaching. Lois taught in multicultural contexts and strived in her teaching to provide images for the children that looked like themselves. She retired from Canton City School District. Lois was committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and a tireless advocate for justice. She kept current on world events up until the time of her death.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday February 10, 2024, at 11:00 am at Orrville Mennonite Church, 1305 W. Market Street, Orrville, with Pastor Bill Seymour officiating. Family and friends may call at Auble Funeral Home, 512 E Oak Street, Orrville, on Friday February 9, 2024, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the funeral.
A graveside service and burial will be on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 11:00 am at Pettisville Cemetery near Archbold Ohio. A time for family and friends will follow.
Memorials may be made to OrrVilla 333 E. Sassafras Street, Orrville, OH 44667 https://www.orrvilla.org/
donate, Orrville Mennonite Church 1305 W. Market Street, Orrville, OH 44667 orrvillemenno.net.
The family would like to especially thank the staff from Maple Terrace and LifeCare Hospice who faithfully cared for her.