Lois Elaine Gurich

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 1929
Date of Passing: 
Monday, June 4, 2018

ORRVILLE – Lois Elaine Gurich, 88, of Orrville passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Orrville Pointe.

She was born October 23, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA the daughter of Herbert and Louise Trimble Mayer.  She married Richard Gurich on June 19, 1954.  He survives.

She retired teaching Spanish at Orrville High School.  Lois was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County.  She had volunteered at the Wilderness Center and People to People Ministries and was a world-wide traveler.  Lois had been the valedictorian of her High School Class of 1600 students and learned French after reading a book that had passages in French that she couldn’t understand.  She later used her French as a teacher in Corsica for 2 years.  She was a quiet intellectual who had an encyclopedic knowledge of literature.  She never judged anyone and will be remembered for her kindness.  She was also a lover of dachshunds.

She was a member and Past Matron of the Covered Bridge Chapter of OES in Rock Creek, past Worthy High Priestess of White Shrine of Jerusalem and past royal Matron of the Order of the Amaranth-Royal Court.

Along with her husband, Lois is survived by her children, Susan (Robert) Zanne of Rome, Italy,  Nancy (Doug) Hurt of Smithville and Dale (Carol) Gurich of Smithville; daughter-in-law Joyce Gurich of Tuscaloosa, AL; grandchildren Trey (Dianna) Gurich of Greenville, SC, Jill Gurich of Los Angeles, CA, Marco and Maria Cristina Zanne of Rome, Italy, Nick Hurt of Akron, Nathaniel Gurich of Muncie, IN and Elaine Gurich of Giessen, Germany.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Richard in 2012 and a brother George Mayer.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in early August at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County, 3186 Burbank Rd, Wooster.  Interment will be in Foxfield Preserve in Wilmot.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staffs of Orrville Pointe and Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare for their exceptional care of Lois.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Contributions may be directed to The Wilderness Center, PO Box 202, Wilmot, OH 44689 or The Wayne County Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to People to People Ministries, 454 E. Bowman St., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions: 

Contributions may be directed to The Wilderness Center, PO Box 202, Wilmot, 44689 or The Wayne County Humane Society, 1161 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to People to People Ministries, 454 E. Bowman St., Wooster, OH 44691.


The family will greet friends following the service on August 4, 2018


A Celebration of Service will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County,


Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Lois will always be remembered so fondly for the lovely brilliant person she was and we are so glad we were able to visit briefly a few weeks ago.our heartfelt CONDOLENCES.
Love Jen, Don & Bronte

Dick, Sue, Nancy, Dale and families, I was so sadden to learn of Lois passing. She was such a gentle caring Lady and will be missed. I'm sure Dick she will be listening for your laughter. We had so many wonderful memories!
Love to all.
Carol Phillipchuk

My heartfelt condolences to the Gurich family, aka my second family. Lois was my second mom from the 7th grade going forward, and while I am incredibly saddened to learn of her passing, I am left with decades of fond memories spent in the company of she and "Dad G," usually wiping away tears of laughter. Heaven and the spiritual universe has gained an incredible soul. With much love, Bill Graber

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs Gurich’s passing. Heaven has definitely gained an exceptional angel. She always had a smile and was a wonderful woman that helped so many. Love and prayers to all at this difficult time, and I will always see her as one of the stars in the sky.

Dick & Family - Thinking of you & sharing in your loss. We will remember all the good times our families shared & enjoyed over the years. The visits back & forth, the parties, wedding & anniversary celebrations and the list goes on. Lois was an amazing lady, she will be missed. R.I.P. Love & Hugs sent your way, Rosemary & Ken

Mr G, Sue, Nancy & Dale,
My deepest sympathies to you and your families. Some of my best memories from high school involve your family & lots of laughter. I will cherish memories of Lois & the way she touched the lives of so many as a teacher & friend. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Love, Denise

To Lois's Family and Friends, Our deepest sympathies go out to you. May God, and the many good memories, sustain you; now and also in the future.. Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your families. Sincere condolences from Art Beerys, Smithville, Ohio

Very sorry to hear of Mrs. Gurich's passing, wonderful teacher and neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers with the family at this time.

My sympathies to the Gurich family. I have so many memories...especially having the privilege to attend the wedding in Italy. May God comfort and bless the family.
Julie Leathers Stahl

Sending love and peace to the family of Lois Gurich. She had a smile for everyone and a quiet yet strong presence. Thinking of you, Nancy, and your loved ones.

I am so sorry to learn of Lois's passing. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Dick, Dale, Nancy, and especially "Susie," who was such a great mother's helper as young as nine when I was just beginning my family. You all were wonderful neighbors, and I remember your mom as a sweet, gracious, and generous person who provided sound advice on parenting and served as my mentor in those early, sometimes difficult days. I am still living in the house where you lived when we became neighbors. Cherish the memories!

So sorry for your loss . Your mon was a classy lady. I have very fond memories of her as a teacher and as a very compassionate person.

Hi Have a double shift this weekend. You Mom was always like a Mom to me in fact I can't even remember her getting mad at me which is amazing. She was also great to my brother and I always remember her smile. Her teaching ability was obvious to anyone that was around her and when I use to come to Orrville on business I would run into some of her students who would speak highly of her. As you think about her today I hope you remember all the great gifts that she gave you and how she cared for and nurtured you. I hope to get up that way around Christmas I hope that you are all doing well

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