Lois Gisel Leidig

Lois Gisel Leidig, 92, of Orrville, Ohio, formerly of Canton, died Feb. 1, 2024, at the OrrVlla retirement community. She was born Dec. 11, 1931, in Wauseon, Ohio, to the late Mable Klopfenstein (Gisel Stuckey) and Lloyd Gisel. 

Lois was a member of Orrville Mennonite Church. She met her husband, Melvin, when they were in Mennonite Voluntary Service in Saginaw Mich., where they started Grace Chapel Mennonite Church. They married in 1954. She was active both in the church and community throughout her life. In church she taught, led singing and served in the role of peace and social concerns representative. She was a loving mother and spouse and enjoyed spending time with her family. She and Melvin enjoyed doing genealogical family research and meeting extended family through this process. She loved flower gardening. She linked her social activity to service by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, making Mennonite Central Committee school kits, knotting comforters for relief and volunteering in after-school programs and numerous other community projects.

She attended Goshen College and Western Michigan University and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary and early child education and spent her life devoted to teaching. She taught in multicultural contexts and strived to provide images for the children that looked like themselves. She retired from Canton City School District. She was committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and a tireless advocate for justice.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Shari (Scott) Leidig Holland of Pittsburgh; and sisters Lavonne Bixler of Goshen, Ind., and Ruth Nafziger of Archbold, Ohio. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; daughter Debra Anne; stepbrother Maurice Stuckey; and brothers-in-law Paul Bixler and Everett Nafziger. 

Memorials may be made to OrrVilla or Orrville Mennonite Church. 


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