Lois Luesing Obituary, Death – On Thursday, August 24, 2023, at the age of 90, Lois Louise Luesing passed away quietly at Mallard Cove Assisted Living in Petoskey, Michigan. On June 4, 1933, she was born to Irving Allen and Ethel Luella (Keiser) Luesing in the family farmhouse in Bliss, Michigan. She was one of six children, and her parents and three brothers—Norman, Melvin, and Lee—also predeceased her. Pauline (Clayton) Kilpatrick and Mildred (James) Loonsfoote were her sisters.
Lois went to the one-room East Bliss School for her early education and then went on to graduate as valedictorian from Pellston High School in 1951. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Christian Education from Bethel College in 1959, graduating at the top of her class. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where she received her master’s in library science in 1965. She wrote her master’s thesis on the subject of ecclesiastical archives kept in universities of the liberal arts.
Lois lived a full and fruitful life, marked by dedication and service to her church and its global activities. At the tender age of 12, she took on her first Sunday School teaching assignment in Bliss. She worked at the United Missionary Church in Port Huron, Michigan, after graduating from high school, before continuing her education there. After finishing university, she returned to work in the library at Bethel College, where she had previously studied. Lois spent a year serving as a missionary in East Africa in 1971 through the Missionary Church’s international outreach, World Partners. In Bujumbura, Burundi, she sorted through the music archive for Radio CORDAC.
As soon as she got back to Indiana. Lois went back to work at Bethel University.
After spending two years in Radio CORDAC’s missionary program, she departed the United States for six months of intense language study in Geneva, Switzerland. She began working at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, in 1978 as a reference librarian and eventually became the library’s director. She stayed in Wilmore until 1984, when she began volunteering at the national offices of the Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She eventually retired to Pellston, Michigan. The Bethel College and Missionary Church permanent archives needed her assistance after she retired, so she rejoined the workforce.
Lois led the Association of Christian Librarians and was honored for her work in the field with the organization’s highest honor, the Emily Russell Award. Lois was honored as Bethel College’s Alumna of the Year during a ceremony held on the Mishawaka campus in 1981.
Sandra Lonsfoote, Kathy Lonsfoote, Judy Loonsfoote, and Christine Welsh are her nieces, while her nephews Irving (Carol), Marvin (Carol), Jerry (Nancy), Jim (Dottie), and Jack (Pat) Luesing are her nephews. Her niece Virginia Luesing, as well as her nephews Jim (Thelma) Luesing, Scott Luesing, and Douglas (Rose), all predeceased her.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at Bliss Missionary Church, 15 E. Sturgeon Bay Road, and the funeral service will commence at 11:00. Final resting place will be at Bliss Cemetery. For the excellent care they provided Lois over the past two years, the family would like to thank everyone at Mallard Cove and McLaren Hospice. C