Lois Yerger Fischel died on Thursday, February 6, at Moravian Village in Bethlehem, PA, where she had been a resident for the last seven years. Lois was born in Easton on September 24, 1919, to Leonard and Helen (Price) Yerger. She attended public schools in Easton and graduated from Moravian College in 1941. Lois and Jack lived for 65 years in the house they built in the Wydnor area of Lower Saucon Township. They loved to entertain friends and family with picnics at their home, and many neighborhood children learned to swim in their backyard pond. Lois was perpetually active in the community, starting with her childrens activities in Cub Scouts and the PTA. She later held leadership positions in the Lehigh Valley Heart Association, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the YWCA of Bethlehem, whose Great Decisions program she was instrumental in establishing and running for 28 years. Lois also applied her organizational skills at home. Her children were surprised to learn that not all mothers had planned Thanksgiving dinner by September or had their Christmas shopping done by October. International travel was similarly well planned. Lois and Jack were well versed in the history and culture ofDenmark, Kenya, Austria, Peru, China, Haiti, Fiji, and other destinations before they got on the plane. They were disappointed not to have been able to tour Tehran, having been whisked from their hotel to the airport at the start of the Iranian revolution in 1979. Lois taught her children and inspired her friends to serve their communities and embrace life to the fullest. Survivors: She is survived by her sons John (spouse of Evelyn) of Chester, NJ, William (Janice) of Hanover, NH, and Kenneth of Las Vegas, NV, and daughters Linda Sassen (Roger) of College Station, TX, and Margaret, of Lincoln, VT, and by eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was married for 69 years to Jack Fischel, who predeceased her in 2009. Services: A memorial service will be held at Moravian Village, 526 Wood St., on Saturday, Feb. 15 at noon. Arrangements, Pearson Funeral Home, Bethlehem.Contributions: She was ever grateful for her scholarship-supported education at Moravian College, to which gifts in her memory may be made at the Office of Institutional Development,1200 Main St, Bethlehem.
Published in Morning Call on Feb. 10, 2014