Lois Marie (Gensler) Moeller of New Bremen quietly passed away surrounded by family on July 13, 2021 at Elmwood Assisted Living. Like the energizer bunny, Lois was a woman of long-lasting energy and perseverance. She was born a month prematurely on June 16, 1925 in New Bremen, Ohio, to George and Marie (Solms) Gensler. She was greeted by older brother George. Her sister Martha Jean joined the family two years later, and all have preceded Lois in death.
As a kid during the depression, Lois remembered how she and friends would play “Go Sheepy Go”, “Kick the Can”, and anything else that didn’t cost money. After graduating from New Bremen High School in 1943, she moved to Cleveland to work at the Sherwin Williams Paint Company. She always said, “For a small-town girl. it was quite an experience.”
In 1945 her brother George, an Army pilot, was killed in the China Burma India theater so Lois returned to New Bremen to be with her parents. In January of 1946, she became the first non-family employee of a brand-new company in town called Crown Controls.
On December 27, 1947, she and Adrian Frederick Moeller were married at Zion Church. As they left the church, they were greeted with a sleigh ride to the reception at the Gensler home. Lois and Adie could be found volunteering at Zion Church (Lois was the first female Consistory Board member), playing tennis, attending a musical (often dancing) or sporting event. and later, after the adoption of their children, at school events.
She was a member of the New Bremen Women’s Club and the Child Conservation League (CCL). Lois retired from Crown in 1983 but returned to work there part-time in 1991 until 2012, more than 65 years after she first started.
Lois will be remembered for the love and care she gave to her husband who passed on April 24, 1993, for the more than ten years as he struggled with cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s. Lois always said, “God has been very good to me and has given me many loving and happy times and the strength to get through the bad times.”
She wrote, “A highlight of my life was the day in 1957 when we adopted Todd and then again in1960 when we adopted Kim. I thank God for sending both to us to make our family complete. My happy times continued with Todd’s marriage to Julie DeMars and the birth of my three grandchildren–Timothy, Heather (Jordan) Ambuehl, and Rebecca (Nick) Crossen, followed by the birth of my great-granddaughter Emma Leanne Ambuehl. I am grateful for my nieces and nephews as well as the many friends who have brought me such joy.
Lois’ life will be celebrated at a service on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Paul United Church of Christ with Pastor Becky Erb-Strang officiating. Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 16 from 4:00 until 7:00pm at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and also at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be directed to the St. Paul Church Memorial Fund. The family has entrusted the services of Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen and condolences to the Moeller family can be left www.gilberghartwigfh.com