Lois Garloff

My sister informed me that Lois Garloff just died, so I looked up her obituary.

Lois was my Sunday school teacher for a few years, probably my first one at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Richland. As much as I hated going to Sunday school, I have nothing but fond memories of Lois. She used to bring her son Rickey in to Sunday school also, and I think he was a year or two younger than I was, but I recall chatting with him before class started.

Lois J. Garloff, 90, of Myerstown, PA, died Thursday, October 26, 2023 at her residence.

Born in Richland, PA on January 23, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Catharine (Anspach) Kantner.

She was a 1950 graduate of Richland High School. Lois worked in the dietary department at Wernersville State Hospital Wernersville, PA., for 17 years retiring in 1999. She has also worked at CR’s Market, Lebanon since 1981.

She was a member of Millcreek Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School 25 years and sang in the church choir. Lois enjoyed miniature golfing, reading, walking and spending time with her great and great-great granddaughters.

Lois is survived by a son, Rickey Lee Garloff with whom she resided, granddaughter, Amy Rachel Garloff; great-granddaughters, Casey Roy, Abby Phillips; great great-granddaughter, Catrina Roy; sister, Gladys Speicher, brothers, James J. Kantner, Terry L. Kantner and Dennis R. Kantner as well as several nieces and nephews.

So her maiden name was Kantner. I recall the Kantner name but can’t remember any individual with that name. Presumably it was one of her relatives. Perhaps her sister Gladys.

Now this is where I’m supposed to add a little anecdote about Lois. Well, although I recall her as my Sunday school teacher, there are only two really specific memories that come to mind.

The first one is when we were discussing envy. I remember that Skeet was in the class that day, because he and I had a little disagreement about it, and Lois had to settle it. She settled it in Skeet’s favor.

And the other?

Well, it was the first time the original 1933 movie King Kong was shown on TV. Or at least the first time that I saw it. Sometime in the late 50s. It had been on TV the night before, late on a Saturday night, and a bunch of us were talking about it as the class was about to start. Lois, however, had to report that her TV had failed in the middle of the movie, so she hadn’t seen the ending.

“It’ll be on again,” she said. How right she was.

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