Lola Faire Lohrentz
Lola Faire (Eisenbeis) Lohrentz, 72, of Lawrence, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 8th surrounded by her loving husband, children, and grandchildren. Her passing was caused by renal failure brought on by multiple myeloma. In keeping with her wishes, her bodily remains have been donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center for medical research.
Lola was born June 18, 1939, to Jacob Eisenbeis and Esther (Graber) Eisenbeis, Marion, SD. She grew up on the family farm in the East Freeman community and graduated from Freeman Academy, Freeman, SD, in 1957. Lola then attended the Bethel Deaconess School of Nursing in Newton, KS, graduating in the class of 1960. In 1962, she earned a B.S. degree in sociology from Bethel College.
Lola saw service to others as an integral part of her life. She entered voluntary service with the Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, PA, serving as an RN for two years in Newfoundland from 1963 to 1965. Lola especially enjoyed her 13 years of nursing service with the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association.
She loved music and was an accomplished church organist, often serving as organist in churches where the family attended. The many organ works of J.S. Bach were Lola’s most beloved selections of church music. She found them especially meaningful as a profound expression of God’s majesty and glory.
Lola was a gifted seamstress, sewing many of her own clothes. She could frequently be found at her sewing machine, cheerfully tending to the tatters and tears of her grandchildren’s clothing. After her diagnosis of multiple myeloma, she began making comforters both for family members and for distribution to people in need through the blanket ministry of the Mennonite Central Committee.
Dedication and commitment to family were central to Lola’s life. She dearly loved her husband, children and grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with their lives and accomplishments. She made unending efforts to contribute to their welfare and nurturing.
Lola now goes to the heavenly realm to join those who have passed on before her, including her parents, and other relatives and friends. She leaves to mourn her husband, Kenneth; two daughters, Greta Carter-Wilson, Lawrence, and Michelle Schwartz, husband Lyle, Shawnee; five grandchildren, Kaylin (Carter) Dillon, husband Grayson, Lawrence, Chessa Carter, Ft. Collins, CO, Remington Wilson, Lawrence, and Carson and Parker Schwartz, Shawnee.
Lola was a member of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, May 12 at 4pm, preceded by an organ prelude beginning at 3:45. The service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, KS. A time of fellowship and remembrance will follow the service.
Contributions in Lola’s memory may be made to: “The Blanket Ministry of the Mennonite Central Committee for Lola Lohrentz memorial,” at 21 S. 12th St. P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501, or to Lawrence Oncology at: “LMH Endowment c/o Lola Lohrentz” , 330 Arkansas St., Suite 202, Lawrence, KS 66044.