Services for long time Old First member, Lois Nigsch, will be Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be a viewing at Old First at 10:30. Her funeral will follow immediately in the Sanctuary at 11 am. There will be a reception in Old First’s Social Hall after that. The funeral procession will leave from the church for the interment at West Laurel Hill Cemetery at 1 pm. Lois’ body is to be buried alongside her family.
If you would like to help with the reception, please bring salads or cookies to the church before 11 am, Saturday.
Lois Nigsch was a proud Philadelphian and a proud member of the United Church of Christ. She grew up on Larchwood Avenue in West Philly and was a member of Heidelberg UCC on North Broad St. from birth until it closed in the 1980’s.
Fairly quickly thereafter, Lois — and her brother Edward with whom she lived as an adult as they both remained single — made Old First their church home. Lois, like Edward, was a fixture at Old First!
But Lois’ dedication to the Evangelical and Reformed Church and after the merger, to the United Church of Christ was much greater than just her local church membership. Most of her work life was spent working for the church, first here at 1505 Race Street, and then in NYC when the offices were moved there. Lois was even part of the transition team, and went with the UCC to Cleveland at the end of her working years. In her tenure with the national setting, she worked in the Stewardship Council of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and in the Treasurer’s Office of the United Church of Christ.
The church-related Bethany Children’s Home was also a ministry very dear to Lois. She served on its Board of Stewards until her death.
There really wasn’t a church meeting that Lois didn’t want to attend. She went to General Synods. And Lois was also a fixture at the gatherings of the Philadelphia Association and the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference. She even went so far as to attend the funerals of UCC people, some of whom she knew well and some with whom she was only tangentially familiar. She loved her church; knew everyone; and seemed to know everything.
But Lois also had other interests. She was involved with her brother Edward and other family members with the Old Academy Players, a community theater in East Falls. And Lois loved roller skating and roller derby. She roller-skated into her 40’s. And just a few years back, Old First’s Julie Steiner took Lois to see roller derby (apparently she got quite animated!).
Lois was a character… and a saint. When she laughed, or when she figured something out, her smile lit up the room. She loved the church dearly, and cared about it fiercely.
Her most recent home has been the Phoebe Wyncote Home, but now, she has gone home to be with the saints serving the church in eternity. And though we will miss her, think of how many people she now has to visit and catch up with.
Lois was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers, Edward and Albert. She leaves behind her niece Dianne Dooley, and Dianne’s two sons, Joseph and John, and Joseph’s two children.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old First Reformed UCC.
For a life well lived, for Lois Nigsch and God’s grace, we give thanks!