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Lois Marie (Geiger) Walker, 101 years of age, of Bucyrus, Ohio passed away Thursday, February 9, 2023 at the Carlisle Place, Ohio
Lois, the first-born child of four, to Bertis K. and Helen B. (Shealy) Geiger, was born in her parents home on Sheffield Street in Bellevue, Ohio on September 15, 1921. In 1935, her family purchased a farm and moved to the Geiger Family Farm on Ridgeton Road. Prior to their move, Lois had started Catechism at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue and was then confirmed in the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sulphur Springs, Ohio a few miles from the family farm. Lois was the last surviving member of her Catechism class.
Lois attended high school at Sulphur Springs, where she was active in Glee Club, Friendship Club and was a Cheerleader. Lois was courted by a fellow classmate, Loren F. Walker while in school; Lois and Loren both graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1940. This High School Courtship led to their Marriage on Palm Sunday, April 8, 1945 in the St. Paul Lutheran Church.
After their wedding, Loren and Lois moved over to the Walker Family Farm on State Route 96 in Bucyrus, this is where they made their home, raised their two daughters Kathy and Brenda and farmed the family farm for over 65 years until Loren’s passing in December of 2009.
Lois was a devoted farm wife, she helped with milking cows, planting and harvesting the fields all while keeping her home and farm immaculate, there was never a dirty dish in the sink! Loren and Lois also enjoyed traveling especially their trip to Hawaii and Spain with the Gutwein Seed Company. Lois also volunteered for numerous years with the Crawford County Elections Board. When not working around the farm, Lois added her expertise to pie baking, coffee cakes, making mincemeat and supervising the Geiger family annual Homemade Pretzel Party.
Lois was a devoted member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, as a child Lois along with her siblings would take turns “pumping” the Church Pipe Organ while her mother practiced for Sunday Services, she was a long-time member of the church choir, as well as teaching Sunday School and being involved with the Women of the Church.
Lois and Loren’s pride and joy were their 5 grandsons, they loved having all the grandsons stay overnight, where they would help on the farm, enjoy Maw Maw’s cooking and baking, hours of card playing and storytelling, till this day Lois would talk about the days when all her 5 boys spent the night. Her family always came first, always making sure everyone was well and always offered a lending and loving ear and wisdom. Lois was always the go to person when it came to family genealogy, she had a memory like no other.
Lois is survived by her daughter: Kathy (George) Sheets, of Sulphur Springs, Ohio; 4 grandsons: Todd (Betty Jo) Billings, of Bucyrus, Ohio; Brady (Lorena) Sheets, of Cleveland, Ohio; Lee Billings, of Findlay, Ohio and Daniel (Andrew Clark) Billings, of Ocala, Florida. Lois was the proud great grandma to Garret Wesley Billings and Gage Lewis Billings, of Bucyrus, Ohio. Lois is also survived by her youngest sister: Ruth E. Knappenberger and a host of many loving nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents: Bertis and Helen Geiger and her loving husband Loren; Lois was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law: Brenda and Gary Billings; a grandson: Lance Billings; her siblings and their spouses: Erma and Albert Crabaugh and Eldon and Dolores Geiger; her brothers in law: James Ulmer and Donald Knappenberger; her mother and father in law: G.W. and Minnie (Cook) Walker and sister in law: Helen (Walker) Wagner and her husband Carl Wagner.
The family will receive family and friends on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 10:00 am until the time of her Funeral Service at 12 Noon in the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4707 Ridgeton-Annapolis Road, Sulphur Springs, Ohio. Lois will be laid to eternal rest alongside her husband Loren immediately following her service in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions in Lois’ memory may be gifted to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery Association. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Carlisle Place for the care and love they have shown to Lois during her residency there.
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