March 20, 1948 ‒ October 15, 2004
MANSFIELD: Lois Andrea, 56, of Rhein Avenue, Mansfield, died Friday evening October 15, 2004 in her home.
Following her short bout with cancer, she is now absent from the body – present with The Lord.
She was born March 20, 1948 in Fostoria to Edward R. and Donna M. (Kreisher) Andrea, and was graduated from Madison High School in 1966.
A lifelong Mansfield resident, Lois was an exchange student to Colombia during her high school years, and returned there during college with Alliance Youth Missions.
She earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University, and had been working on her Masters degree.
For over 31 years, Lois had taught fourth-graders in the Clear Fork School District, in the Butler Elementary. She served as director of the annual Clear Fork Speech Meet for grades 1-8, organized the 4th and 5th grade spelling bee, and had formerly coached Odyssey of the Mind. Affectionately called the “Queen of Field Trips”, Lois was the go-to-gal for special projects or a helping hand around the school building.
A champion of reading, she annually read C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” to her students, complete with character voicing, as her personal pursuit of excellence enthusiastically encouraged her students to always do their best.
An active member of First Alliance Church, Mansfield, she served the congregation as a Sunday school teacher, AWANA leader, and founded the puppet ministry: FBI-Foam Believers in Christ. As one who loved Christ as her Savior, not just in words, but in actions, spirit and truth, she chose to live out her faith by Christian service. She was active in Evangelism Explosion, led numerous Bible studies and was a member of Women of the Word.
Lois was a former board member of Richland Pregnancy Services, led a 5-Day Neighbor Bible Club, and as a cat-lover, had rescued and cared for numerous strays.
An avid Cleveland Indians fan, on August 26, Omar Vizquel got to meet Lois. He modeled her personal pursuit of excellence and doing one’s job as unto the Lord.
She was a member of Mansfield Women’s Garden Club, and was an avid board game player…as it provided togetherness and interaction.
Her penchant for culture ensured that numerous friends accompanied her to dinner and a Broadway show. She was just as eager to take in a museum or a Shakespeare play at the Stratford-on-Avon Festival.
Lois’ favorite vacation spot was the rocky coastline of Bar Harbor, Maine. She had amassed an impressive seashell collection from her numerous beach trips.
A self described Tolkien fan, her annual “Lord of the Rings” parties for past students and friends, were not only renowned, but also published.
Blessed with the gift of a giving spirit, Lois will be remembered for her service to others: dog sitting, house cleaning, meal fixing, all with a joyful spirit…serving as unto the Lord.
Lois personified Romans 12:9-10 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourself.
She is survived by her father of Mansfield; three sisters and two brothers-in-law Mary L. Andrea of Mansfield, Susan and Jeffrey Price of Mansfield and Beth and Eugene Anderson of Belle Center; her brother and sister-in-law Steven and Victoria Andrea of Wooster; nieces and nephews Joshua and Lisa Anderson, Melanie Price, Marc Andrea, Meredith and Jon Worthington, Jodi and Chris Hattery and Brett Andrea; and a host of friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Her mother preceded her in death on June 24, 2003.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 19, 2004 from 6-8 pm and Wednesday, October 20, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving Glory to God for the gift of Lois Andrea will be held Thursday at 3 pm in First Alliance Church, 291 West Cook Road, Mansfield. Pastor Garth Crundwell will officiate. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers you consider perpetuating Lois’ life work by making memorial contribution to the Lois Andrea Scholarship Fund, c/o Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904 (419-884-1711) to invest in the future of a child.