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Lois Karlen

Lois Karlen, formerly of Lancaster, Ohio, was called home on Saturday, March 13, 2021. She passed peacefully at OhioHealth Hospice Kobacker House in Columbus. She was born May 22, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Walter and Henrietta (Hempler) Pichelmeyer.

Lois was a long-time resident of Lancaster and member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa, earning her Master’s in Social Work. Lois was a loving and supportive wife and mother who loved history, birds and nature and was beloved by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Rev. Marloe Karlen (Lancaster). She is survived by her sisters, Joanna Pichelmeyer, of Milwaukee, WI and Rachel Anderson, of Spokane, WA; three children, Becky (Karlen) Moening, Poland, ME; Sarah (Karlen) Eder, of Dublin, OH and David Karlen, of Seffner, FL; grandchildren, Christopher Eder, of Mansfield, OH and Leah (Eder) Blackerby, of Auburn, AL;  and great granddaughter, Charlotte Blackerby.

A memorial will be scheduled at a later date. Donations in Lois’s memory can be made to the OhioHealth Hospice Kobacker House: https://foundation.ohiohealth.com/programs/hospice-giving; or the Ohio Bird Sanctuary: https://ohiobirdsanctuary.networkforgood.com/projects/74133-keep-us-flying.

Cremation has been arranged in the care of Taylor-Theller Funeral Home, Amanda. Please visit www.mytaylorfuneralhome.com to sign her online guestbook.

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Lois and I were friends for many years. We supported each other through the ups and downs of life's journey. Now, she can be like the birds and butterflies she loved - fly free and high dear friend.

Mary Anne Theller Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

Lois was a volunteer patient Rep at Fairfield Medical Center and worked for me in that capacity. She was a wonderful advocate for patients and a friend to me. I loved being with her and our favorite thought was the Desiderata. if fully explained who she was and who we, together, wanted to be in this world. I lost touch with her but thought of her often. a friend to all she met. Judy Snyder

Judy Snyder Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

We met Pastor Marloe and Lois when they joined St. Paul Lutheran in Lancaster. Lois always had a smile whenever we saw her and was so friendly. She was also a beloved member of Rachel Circle at St. Paul. The ladies had such fun together! Prayers to her family. Sincerely, Dave & Trudy Deitz

Trudy Deitz Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

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