Stoughton- Lois Ann (Hershberger) Craig, 86 years old, of Stoughton, WI departed this world to meet her Glorious Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 22, 2022. She had been cared for comfortably at her home until December 16, when she transferred to the hospice unit at St. Mary’s hospital, and passed peacefully with her husband at her side.
Lois was born October 16, 1936 to George and M. Esther Hershberger in Altoona, PA. She graduated with her RN degree from Poly Clinic Nursing School in Harrisburg, PA in 1957. She was married in Altoona, PA on June 6, 1959 to George C. Craig, to whom she was an excellent wife, best friend and hero for 63 ½ years. Lois practiced nursing part time for 40 years - 25 of them at Holy Family Hospital of Manitowoc, WI, where she and George raised their two children. After retiring, Lois and George moved to Stoughton, WI where they enjoyed many good friends and a pleasant community. Lois was a very talented painter using various mediums, even taking up the Norwegian rosemaling tradition after moving to Stoughton. She was a very gifted pianist and enjoyed sewing, quilting, traveling, reading and gardening. More importantly, Lois loved God and sought to serve Him in many ways; as the church organist for many years, volunteering in same-day surgery at Stoughton Hospital, and in caring for and loving her family. In addition to being a wonderful wife, she was a most excellent mom and grandmother (Oma/Grammie) as well.
She is survived by her husband, George C Craig of Stoughton, WI, son George A Craig (Amy) of Green Bay, WI, daughter Sarah Thiel (Greg) of Brillion, WI, granddaughters Sabine-Johanna Luedtke (Tyler), Alicia Craig, Annika-Liesl Perry, and Natalie Craig. She is preceded in death by her parents, M. Esther (Clapper) Hershberger and George Hershberger, and her brother Franklin Hershberger (Alice).
Funeral services will be December 31, 2022 at Covenant Lutheran Church, 1525 N Van Buren St, Stoughton, WI. Visitation at 9:00 AM and service at 10:00 AM, with luncheon to follow.
The family would like to thank SSM Hospice and Tender Hearts for the excellent care they gave Lois.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18: 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
"All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” —C.S. Lewis
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