Lois Gotterbarm

December 19, 1930 ‒ November 15, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

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MANSFIELD: Lois Gotterbarm went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, November 15, 2020 at Brethren Care in Ashland. She was 89.

Lois was born December 19, 1930 in Lexington to parents Earl & Lucy (Smith) Pollock. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1948 and went on to graduate from Mansfield General School of Nursing in 1951. In her over 40-year career as a RN at Mansfield General, most was spent in Obstetrics. Lois was blessed to care for the newborns of so many local friends and families, often generationally.

In September of 1977 she married Robert Gotterbarm and they spent 41 years together until his passing February 23, 2019.

Lois enjoyed traveling; visiting Brazil with her sister, Alaska and California with her mother and sister, Mexico with friends and Germany with Robert. Lois and Robert experienced a large part of the country in their camper and on several Riverboat Cruises. They loved polka dancing and would follow several popular polka bands as part of their travels. Lois was an avid collector of Harbour Lights lighthouse figurines. She and Robert attended collectors events across the country. They made a hobby of visiting many of the actual lighthouses she collected.

Lois loved her grandchildren and organized several summer family trips to Conneaut Lake and Oglebay Resort. A serious bargain shopper, Lois showered her grand littles with fun and unique gifts.

When it became a little more difficult to travel, Lois and Robert traded in the camper for a winter home in Punta Gorda, FL. It was here that they formed many great friendships with their snowbird neighbors.

She is survived by daughters Rebecca Collier Young of Mansfield, and Betsy Collier (Mark) Lutz of Mason; step-son Theodore (Maureen) Gotterbarm of South Carolina; grandchildren Shelly Sturts, John-Mark Young, Andrew Young, Morgan Sparenborg, Meredith Langford, Crystal Gotterbarm, Brandon Gotterbarm and Erin Gotterbarm; thirteen great-grandchildren; many extended family members.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband Robert; son-in-law Tom Young; sister Mary Marsden; brother Gerald Pollock.

Lois’ family will receive friends Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home from 12-1 pm, with the funeral service at 1 pm. Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Brethren Care for resident activities may be made at the funeral or sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085 Mansfield, Ohio 44904).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lois’ family and encourage you to share a fond memory with them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Becky and Betsy:
    It is with tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart that I read about your mother. I know her suffering is over and I am thankful for that. I am also so very thankful for all my wonderful memories working with her for 30 years. She helped care for our two children. She taught me so much. I remember watching you girls grow up and marry. She shared some lighthouses with me when she moved to Primrose. She also shared some of her bargain shopping with me.
    My heart is full of joyous memories but aching for the loss.

    May you both receive His peace and comfort. Love, Nancy Holtrey

  • Oh my..so sad to read of Lois passing..worked in nursery at Med Central for many years..such a character and shared her life experiences so readily..a very experienced and caring nurse..strong, opinionated woman and well respected.. loved..reminiscing the many good times shared with nurses, Christmas parties and Summer gatherings..Once the “old” nurses can get together again know we will have many stories to share of a dear friend..so blessed..

  • Sending condolences to the family. I work on the ole 2 South at MGH, as we used to call it years ago, She taught me a lot as well and she was one of the finest Nurses I ever worked with. I did get a chance to visit with her when your Father was still alive and they were over at Primrose and I am glad I took the rime to do so.
    Sending you comforting prayers.

  • From the extended family in Marion, we are sorry to hear about Lois’ passing. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • To the family of Lois: with a very sad heart I am writing to let you know that she was a very special person to me. I have knwon her for over 40 years and called her my third sister. My sister Dorothy and Lois took me to a PWP party when I ws in my twenties and we had alot of fun always. I went to see Lois last year when I was in town and she did not want us to leave and I was hoping to go see her again on my next visit. Even when I got married 8 years ago Bob and Lois were the only non-relatives invited to the wedding. I will miss her wonderful smile and will always have good memories of a great lady. My deepest sympathy to the family for such a great loss.

  • Betsy, Becky, and the entire family,
    We’re so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. What a beautiful tribute to her through the many memorable photos and description of the many people and activities that she loved. Lots of love, hugs, and prayers for all of you. Wish we could be there tomorrow.
    Laura, Greg & Family

  • To the family and especially my aunt Betsy,

    Sorry for your loss. I hope that you are able to remember her life well and reflect on the positive outcomes of her actions. I did not know Lois, but she clearly has a legacy through her children and grandchildren, and seems like she was a determined career-driven and family-oriented woman. I’m impressed to read of her long years of service in health care and her many adventures abroad.

    It sounds like she lived a rich life!

    Brandon Lutz, nephew of Betsy

  • To the Gotterbarm Family,
    Lois was one of the best nurses at Mansfield General and then MedCentral. May you know that she touched so many lives. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Lois.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Sending condolences and peaceful thoughts to the family and friends of Lois. Reading about her and knowing a small slice of her children, I know she was a great woman.

    Love, Gregory Lutz (nephew of Betsy)

  • What a wonderful human. I got to call her “Auntie.” How privileged was I? What great people Grandma and Grandpa raised. My heart overflows with love for them all. Becky, thanks for taking me along on your visits to see your Mom. I so wish that covid had not gotten in the way. Beck and Bets, my heart is with you both. She sleeps in the arms of the Lord.