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Lois Maxine Brenneman, better known as "Little Lo," was born June 11, 1936 in Accident, Maryland, to Ernest and Amelia (Schrock) Brenneman.
As a young child, Lois made a profession of Christian faith and throughout her life she lived out her faith in word and deed. During Lois' lifetime, as she migrated to several different locations, there can be seen a clear progression of her faith walk. When she was in her teens, she moved to Indiana to care for the child of a family member. While in Indiana, she met her dear friend and lifelong companion, Iola Schrock. Together they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and joined with others to help start a Mennonite church. In time, they both moved to Traverse City and continued in that same effort of starting new churches.
Lois lived in Traverse City for 44 years, during which time she worked as a home health care provider, an employee at Potter's Bakery, a school bus driver and a physical therapist tech.
Lois possessed a servant's heart and her countenance reflected the generosity of spirit that characterized the way she lived her life. She was an active member at Bible Baptist Church, and she was passionately involved in starting up Restore groups, bringing hope and healing to victims of abuse.
Lest we paint Lois too sedately, she was first up when there was an adventure to pursue. She had her turns on land, air and water. She tried out gliding, parasailing, a hot air balloon ride and even a motorcycle. Traveling to Florida, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and the Bahamas, she brought her joyous spirit to all her endeavors.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters and four brothers.
She is survived by four remaining siblings, Miriam Brenneman, Allen (Virginia) Brenneman, Elmer "Buddy" (Barb) Brenneman and Ernest "Junior" (Maryann) Brenneman. A dear brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Daniel Puffinberg and Janet Brenneman, also remain, as well as her lifelong friend, Iola Schrock.
To honor Lois and the life she led, a celebration of life service will be held in Traverse City at Bible Baptist Church, 1915 Cass Road, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 13, 2017. A luncheon will be held in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.
Published on May 3, 2017
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