Fayas, Lori Ann
I did it! Being a believer in Christ's free gift of salvation that covers my sin, my spirit has left this world and now resides in heaven. I was born 8/24/1961 and passed to new life 11/18/15. That makes me 54. Due to a diagnosis of cancer, I was blessed with the opportunity to write my own obituary.
Born to Patricia and Willard Johnson, I was the third of four girls born in five years time. I lived my entire life in the Green Bay / De Pere area. On 7/2/82 I married a special man and friend, Steve Fayas. In our 33 years of marriage, we were blessed with 3 wonderful children and their spouses: Mandi and Jim Weatherex, Preston and Gera Fayas, and Trevor and Casey Fayas. In addition, we have two lovely grandchildren: Brynn and Liam Weatherex, who brought me daily joy.
My grandparents, my dad, and my sister Faye Johnson-Cookle preceded me in death. I am survived by my mom, my husband, children and grandchildren, my sisters Kim DeCleene and Lynn Johnson (special friend Richard Julian), and brothers-in-law Daniel Doro, Mark DeCleene, Troy DeLaurelle and Mark Cookle. I am also survived by my in-laws Ron and Rose Fayas, Kathy and Jerry Bristol, Wanda and Steve Mehlhorn, Bryan and Lynn Fayas, and Amy and Scott Volltrauer, in addition to aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Shortly after our marriage, I began my career as a Registered Nurse. Having graduated from Bellin School of Nursing, 29 years of my 33 year career were spent at Bellin Hospital, where I worked in various capacities including staff nurse in the ICU, team facilitator in the pediatric ICU, educator in the ER, a short period as Valve Coordinator for the TAVR program, and lastly staff nurse in the GI lab. My longest role was as a flight nurse for the EAGLE III program, serving 17 years in a role I loved. I held certification as an ER nurse and as a flight RN (CEN and CFRN). I was also a BLS, ACLS and PALS instructor, and was the recipient of the Robert and Carol Bush Excellence in Nursing award and the Bellin College Distinguished Alumni Award. I loved my job, and each day asked God to allow me to serve His people through my nursing.
My desire to use my God-given medical gifts took me to the mission field starting in 2008. I completed short-term missions in Guatemala and Haiti before I was called to Malawi, South Africa where I made 8 annual trips from 2008 through 2015. It was an honor to be the hands and feet of Christ on foreign soil, although I believe each day is a new opportunity to serve-wherever God has put us.
I loved to travel near and far. In addition to our mission trips, Steve and I have traveled to several other countries and many states in the US, including Hawaii and Alaska. Sewing, reading, playing board games and spending time at the cabin with the family, attending Broadway productions, and especially shopping for bargains at TJ Maxx were some of my other favorite things to do. I always appreciated and enjoyed time with our close friends from Spring Lake Church. We "lived life together" with our bible study/small group, and I was blessed by their friendships.
I would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jennifer Erickson-Foster, Dr. Amy James, Unity Hospice nurses Ashley and Barbara and social worker Hailey for their professional, appropriate and kind care during my illness.
Gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 4:45 P.M. on Monday, November 23, 2015 at Spring Lake Church 2240 Klondike Road. A Funeral Service will be held at 5:00 P.M. with Rev. Jack Guerra officiating. Entombment at Allouez Chapel Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, support of our mission work would be greatly appreciated.