1931 – 2021
Dorothy Fergin, known to her family and friends as Lois, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Eliseo, a facility in Tacoma, Washington.
Lois was born on April 17, 1931 in Billings, Montana to Rev Paul and Milda Freiburger. After completing high school in Billings, she attended Eastern Montana College of Education and completed her degree at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois. Lois taught at Bethlehem Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
On June 14, 1957 Lois married James Fergin in Billings. In 1958, they went to Sri Lanka, where they served as missionaries and raised five children.
In 1977, they accepted a posting at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, Washington, where Lois remained a member. At Redeemer, at various times, she served as organist, choir director, and treasurer. She occasionally helped church members who were homebound. She was an active member of LWML (Luteran Women’s Missionary League) and the LMS (Lutheran Ministry Services). Before retiring, she was a bookkeeper for DP Fuels for 10 years.
She had a lifelong love of music and she enjoyed giving piano lessons. Lois loved spending time with family and friends and sharing stories. She loved to read, assemble scrapbooks and jigsaw puzzles, and watch sports.
She is survived by five children: Tom and his wife Kim, Peter, Debbie and her husband Marv, Tim and his wife Shelly, and Mike and his wife Danielle. She has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She chose to be cremated, and a celebration of her life will be on Saturday, Nov 27, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Redeember Lutheran Church at 6001 Island Crest Way in Mercer Island.