Lois Elaine Curtiss (1943 - 2019)
Lois Elaine Curtiss, age 75 of Lake Odessa, Michigan died at Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center, Marion, Indiana on January 5, 2019. She passed peacefully with her sister, Linda (Curtiss) Mason, at her side. Lois had shared her vision with Hospital staff and Linda - “I see Heaven. I see Jesus! He’s done so much for me. I love my family! Heaven is WONDERFUL! Nobody wants to miss Heaven! Its’ WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL! I saw Mom.”
She was born November 24, 1943 at Dr. Huff’s office, Lake Odessa, Michigan, Odessa Township, Ionia County, daughter of Stephen and Sarah (Tanner) Curtiss of Lake Odessa. She attended Hinderleider School (K-8th), graduated from Saranac High School in 1961, and from Spring Arbor College (Free Methodist) in 1965 with Bachelor of Arts Degree.
She was a school teacher at Saranac Elementary (1965 - 1968) and Rupp Memorial Missionary School, Kabala, Sierra Leone, West Africa as a teacher to the Missionary children where she served for two terms (1968 – 1975) and then taught a few years at Saranac Elementary Schools and Clarksville Nursery School.
Lois loved her family and the Lord. She was a member of the West Berlin Wesleyan Church (Pathway) and served as church Treasurer, active Board member, Pianist, Sunday School teacher, Chorister, President of the Wesleyan Women Missionary International, and various other church committees including compiling the history for 100th Anniversary (1996) of West Berlin Wesleyan Church.
Lois was a 41-year survivor of Kidney disease, experiencing kidney transplants and dialysis. Many thanks to all: St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI, Dr. Alex (Primary Kidney Surgeon) and many others; Dr. Edmundson, Saranac, MI; DaVita Dialysis – Ionia, MI & Huntington/Marion, IN; Fresenius Dialysis, Marion, IN; Lutheran Hospital, Ft Wayne, IN, Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center for their care and services.
She enjoyed genealogy research and chaired the formation First Families of Ionia County, actively involved with Ionia County Genealogical Society and research on Rural Schools of Ionia County. She was recognized as the family historian – Curtiss, Tanner, Potter, Hinderleider, Lautenschlager, York, Goodenough, and Townsend.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen Lee Curtiss (1967), and Sarah Amanda (Tanner) Curtiss (1995), brothers Stephen Lee Curtiss Jr. (1946), and Clyde Clifford Curtiss (2017), sisters Hazel Elnora Curtiss (1925), and Dorothy Madelene (Curtiss) Hawkins (1997).
She is survived by her brother Larry (Carmen) Curtiss, Lake Odessa, Michigan and sister Linda (Richard) Mason, Marion, Indiana.
Many nieces and nephews: Ivan Lee Hawkins of Osseo, MI, and Gordon Eugene (Dianne) Hawkins of West, TX; Clifford Lee (Wendi) Curtiss of Hastings, MI, Wanda Kay (Robert) Johnson of Clarksville, MI, Allan Stephen Curtiss of Saranac, MI, Stephen Emery (Marcia) Curtiss of Grand Rapids, MI and Melody Jean (Jerry) Rodgers of Lowell, MI;
Deborah Ann (Paul) Phillips of Oswego, NY, and Larry Raymond (Elsie) Curtiss of Lake Odessa, MI; and several great nieces and nephews.
In respect of her wishes, Koops Funeral Chapel of Lake Odessa will handle cremation. Memorial service will be held in Spring.
Memorial contributions can be directed to Pathway Wesleyan Church Wesleyan Women Missions, c/o 4960 Portland Road, Saranac, MI 48881 or to The Wesleyan Church Global Partners – Geoff & Carrie Jo (Kinde) Cain, missionaries to Sierra Leone, West Africa. Web address: https://donate.wesleyan.org/gponline/missionaries?prefix=PC2741&fund=580. Condolences can be mailed to Curtiss family, c/o Koops Funeral Chapel, 935 4th Ave., Lake Odessa, MI 48849.