Lois Gerstenberger Harvey, 89, passed away quietly on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Imboden Creek Living
Center, Decatur Illinois. Lois was born in December of 1926 in Oelwein, Iowa, and was married for forty-five years
to John E. Harvey of Denver, Colorado, (deceased August 1990).
She is survived by her four children: Greg (Karen) of Blaine, Minnesota; Teena Lichtenberger of Decatur, Illinois;
Shauna (Clif) Carey of Champaign, Illinois; Luana (Dusty) Rhodes of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; eight
grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister . She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John,
three brothers, three sisters, son-in-law Lynn Lichtenberger, and great-grandson Jake Grossman.
Lois was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a writer, poet, author, journalist, newspaper columnist,
tap-dancer, genealogist. Although we have missed her and mourned her for several years, now we celebrate her life
as a true Renaissance woman.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org, or at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Illinois
Cremation is being handled by Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care. Please send condolences to
www.TLCelebratingeverylife.com. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Ashes will be interred at
Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver Colorado, alongside her husband John.
She wished to leave one of her poems in farewell – The Last Dance:
When the clock strikes twelve
Let me dance once more
Across the boards
For auld lang syne,
Thought the music stills
And the beat records
No footfall there
Then let me pause
For one final exit line,
I’ve had a lovely time.”