Lori Ann Fayas
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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.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2015.
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November 14, 2019
Lori was a light that was taken way too early! She had a spirit that soared! I know she is smiling down on all her loved ones. Other than her family Lori loved the Lord our God above all things! She lived her life proclaiming that God is our Savior! She is in Heaven still doing His work! Miss my friend! ❤ Prayers and blessings to her family.
Karen Grzywa
September 7, 2016
I had no knowledge about your passing, my dear Lori. Someone or something must have sent me a message while I was thinking of you and made me google your name, where I sadly came across your obituary. You are a kind and loving soul, always eager to help and ready to love anyone who came your way. You will be sorely missed. I am sure God had other more important things in store for you. Be well my friend. I will always remember our times sitting together in my car blasting along with your favorite recording ever, "Les Mis" and one of your favorite songs, "Bring him home", or when you came all the way form Wisconsin to Spain to pay me a visit. You are already home, my dear. Those lucky enough to have met you will never forget you. All my love to you and your family. Love never dies.

Dr. Jon Igartua
Jon Igartua
April 7, 2016
I had no idea until today that the Johnson family said good-bye to another sweet child. There can be no doubt that she was greeted warmly by her family and Christ who loves her. All such beautiful girls. Blessings to you Lori.
November 25, 2015
Steve, Preston, Trevor and Mandi, I am so sorry to hear the passing of Lori!! I've been watching activity through Facebook and my family, and I honestly praise you all for the strength and support you guys have shown for such an amazing woman! She's now dancing, smiling and illness-free in heaven with Christ our Lord. She has been such an inspiration, outstanding person and light in everyone's life she has touched and I am unbelievably grateful for being able to have that in my early years of life!! Thank You Lori for everything , and for being the amazing person you were!! Rest In Peace!!
Jacob Simon
November 24, 2015
Steve, as one who also lost a mate I can share your grief yet celebrate Lori's gift of eternal life. May God's peace bring you healing and renewed joy when the pain of mourning begins to wain, because He is Love and His plan is perfect in His time. My prayers are with you, brother.
Rich Hilgendorf
November 23, 2015
Lori, may God welcome you into His fold. You will be deeply, deeply missed here on Earth but we hope to one day see you again in Heaven. God bless you and bless your family.
Femi Cole
November 23, 2015
Dear Steve, Mandi, Trevor and Preston. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Reading her words brought tears to my eyes. Your mom was the very finest woman and I know that she is with you now and always will be. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her sense of humor. Thinking of you with love, lance
November 23, 2015
Dear Pat, So sorry to learn of the loss of your daughter! Reading about her convinces me that she is in heaven. Her spirit will be with you always! God bless you!
Jean Cherovsky
November 23, 2015
Lori, You suffered longer than you should of here on earth, now go & do your special work up in Heaven. Many people will remember you & your special gifts that you have given in many ways. Our Prayers & Thoughts will be with you.

Love Cathy & Lance Sommerfeld
November 22, 2015
Our condolences to the survivors and close friends. What an amazing lady blessed with a wonderful faith. Our loss is Heaven's gain and we look forward to spending an eternity in Heaven with Lori and all other believers in the redemptive power of Jesus Christ: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me...surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Psalm 23)
Jim and Becca Manthey
November 22, 2015
Dear Lori,
You lived your life with grace and love for all. Your bright spirit lives on in all of us who have had the pleasure of knowing you.
Terri McDonald
November 21, 2015
Dear Fayas Family, Prayers of comfort.Lori was such a witness for Christ.She is now free and walking those streets of gold. Ken and Paula Johnson
Paula Johnson
November 21, 2015
On behalf of all of your nursing colleagues and friends throughout Bellin Health, you are loved and will be missed. You showed us grace, passion, love, spirit, and kindness. Our hearts are heavy as we think of your physical absence from our team but we know you will be with us in spirit. You are a treasure that has now ascended to heaven and is rejoicing in the comfort of God. Peace my fellow nursing friend. Love, Laura Hieb CNO Bellin Health
Laura Hieb
November 21, 2015
You have my deepest sympathies in the loss of Lori. I hope you are all feeling the joy of knowing she is with our Lord, even through your grief at her loss. May God bless each of you as you now travel the difficult journey of grief. As Lori would say, "God is good all of the time". And He will be with you through all of the difficult times.
November 21, 2015
Randy and I rejoice over Lori's testimony and loved reading the obituary she wrote. May God draw many to Himself through Jesus Christ because of her witness.
Wendy Hedlund
November 21, 2015
My sincere sympathies to all the family!!!Thank you for informing me of Lori's passing! May you all feel the loving arms of Christ holding you close to His heart!! Bette Kroeber- Sun City, AZ. God's blessings to you all!!
November 21, 2015
Lori, you are an inspiration and your light will continue to shine! Enjoy your heavenly rewards, my friend! We will see you later
November 20, 2015
My husband was hospitalized at Bellin last June and I was rounding the corner in the hospiitol and my eye caught a plaque of regognition to Lori fayas 25 years of service as a nurse.The gold plaque glisened for a few seconds and Idid not know why I was held there.The following week I learned of Loris illness and we have continued to lift the family up when coming to mind.my heart felt condolances and mercy for us as we await the heavenly HOPE Lori knows in Jesus our Lord Praise
November 20, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Lori was so compassionate at what she did. Wonderful person
Caley Peters
November 20, 2015
Dear Steve and family, it was my pleasure and honor to get to know Lori in the short time she was part if the GI team. She was a treasure and to know her is to love her. I will be unable to attend the service on Monday, but know I will be there in spirit. Peace and love to all of you. Peggy Gauthier
November 20, 2015
It was such an honor being a co-member of the worship team, at Spring Lake Church, you just knew you were in the presence of God with Lori worshiping up there with you.
Art Lane
November 20, 2015
Dear Fayas Family - You were the best neighbors and a blessing. Lori truly loved her neighbors and we are forever grateful for her. May you be comforted during this difficult time. Love in Christ, Mike and Mary Conard
November 20, 2015
Lori was definitely a special and unique person and I am glad I had the pleasure to know and work with her on Eagle III for many years, she will be missed. Prayers go out to the family.
Mike Glish
November 20, 2015
Classmate of '79, may you dwell in the house of the Lord. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Joan Laehn
November 20, 2015
It was a privilege to know her, so sorry she is gone!
tary (fritsch) bowker
November 20, 2015
Mandi, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She truely was wonderful person and I am very honored to have met her. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
MaryEllen VanDeYacht
November 20, 2015
Knowing Lori changed our lives. God divinely brought our paths together and we are forever grateful for that. We love you, Steve and will be here for you always. Thankful she is in Heaven, worshipping her Savior and fellowshipping with the saints. May we all carry each baton Lori handed on to us with great responsibility and pride. Miss you sweet and beautiful friend.
Phil and Rita Schounard
November 20, 2015
I want to say how sorry I am to hear of Lori's passing. She was such a beautiful woman! I will keep you and all your family in my thoughts and prayers! God be with you always!
Cindy Krzewina
November 20, 2015
She was always such a bright light! An amazingly intelligent woman! She touched so many lives, through both her skills to save and her skills to educate. She lived her life with purpose and intent, using her God given gifts everyday; you only had to meet her briefly to know this about her. God bless her and her family.
Becky Chmela
November 20, 2015
I had so much respect for you as a nurse. You were the best.
Carolyn Hendricks
November 20, 2015
Steve and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May peace and joy, found in Christ Jesus be with you now. Yes Lori....you did it!
Jeff and Meg Proper
November 20, 2015
Thrilled for her, praying for the family left. Steve and kids, mom and sisters, please accept our condolences. We rejoice with you knowing she is with her Savior and we will meet again
Nora Champeau
November 20, 2015
Steve and family, our family has continually prayed for you during this journey. We will continue to do so for a different journey starts now. God is ever present, always there and will comfort you through the coming days. Peace,
Kevin and Julie Lehto
November 20, 2015
Steve and family: We remember the "good old days" being around Lori and her family. Lots of love and caring in Lori's presence. She will be watching over her family as she always did. God bless all of you!!!

Judy LeMense
Lisa and Tom Wachowski
November 20, 2015
Steve, May you and the rest of your loved ones know of our Lord's presence with you and that you feel His peace. Know that your SLC family loves and cares for you all. Hugs, the Leinheiser family
November 20, 2015
I knew Lori only as another Bellin employee, but knew of her many accomplishments through other co workers and after attending the Bellin alumni gathering in September. God Bless her and her family. My prayers are with you all.
Judy Baierl, RN
November 20, 2015
Steve, I am praying for you now, and the coming days that The Holy Spirit will give you Great Comfort and Peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding.
John Siemering
November 20, 2015
So sorry to hear of your loss
Her actions will never be forgotten and we're now lucky to have her as a guardian angel
Carol Phillips
November 20, 2015
Steve I knew Lori would write her own obit:) I want to thank you for being such a wonderful couple and parents. You were both such a great example of how we should live our lives. I/We will miss her smile and her loving spirit. I will be here for you and the family always. xxoo
Terri Gleason
November 20, 2015
Lori was indeed a unique and wonderful person! May God bless all of you during this difficult time. She is an angel and will be watching over you. She will be missed dearly!
Karen and Bob Grzywa
November 20, 2015
Steve and family, sorry for your loss, but rejoicing with you that Lori is in heaven with her Savior. You will be in our prayers! Much love.
Steve & Penny Kape
November 20, 2015
Dave and I want to say how sorry we are that you and the world lost such a special lady. We will pray for all of you.
Nancy Doro
November 20, 2015
So sorry Kim, for the loss of your sister
God Bless you and your family!!
Mary Meyers
November 19, 2015
Lori was an incredible gift to Bellin and the world - a true blessing
November 19, 2015
Lori must have been a very wonderful person, so sorry hear of loss. May the Love of family and friends and God of comfort is there to help the brokenhearted once.
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