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Lorraine E. "Lori" Waas

February 20, 1954 April 6, 2012
Lorraine E. "Lori" Waas
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Obituary for Lorraine E. "Lori" Waas

Lori Waas, 58, passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, April 6th, surrounded by her children at home in Milford, MI.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 14th at 11am at the Lansing First Church of the Brethren in Lansing, MI and on Sunday, April 15th at 2pm at the Manchester Church of the Brethren in North Manchester, IN.

She is survived by her parents, David and Becky Waas (nee Brightbill) of North Manchester, Indiana; her sisters, Martha Waas of Indianapolis, IN, Deborah Waas of La Verne, CA, and Elizabeth Waas of North Manchester, IN; and her five children and their spouses, Rachael and Nate Waas Shull and their daughter Ruby, of Portland, OR, Michael Waas Smith and Kelsey Swanson of Trenton, NJ, Elizabeth Waas Smith of North Manchester, IN, Zachary Waas Smith of Kalamazoo, MI and Joel Waas Smith of Houghton, MI.

Lori was born in Wabash, IN and raised primarily in North Manchester IN. She attended Manchseter College, Elizabethtown College and graduated from Indiana University with one of the first diplomas in African History. She later completed a teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University.

She was a lifelong and active member of the Church of the Brethren at the local and district level and as a delegate to the national Annual Conference. She was a longtime member of Shalom Community Church in Ann Arbor, MI and in recent years was active at the Lansing First Church of the Brethren. She maintained strong relationships at both.

She taught for many years at Kensington Woods High School in Howell, MI and was a lifelong educator, particularly in global issues, social justice and as an advocate for issues of gender and socio-economic inequality. Her passion for social change led her to be involved in organizations like PFLAG, Stephen Ministries and to serve on the Draft Board of Livingston County.

She was a loving and dedicated parent and an avid dog-lover. She is survived by two dog children, Rudy and Biko.

Lori was first diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2008. Throughout her journey she spoke openly and candidly about her treatment and, later, her end-of-life experience. Her strength, grace and zeal for living life well was shared with all who knew her. She carried her wisdom and grace through the final moments of her life.

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