Alison S. Lauer, 75, of Fremont, OH passed away on Monday, April 24, 2023 at Bethesda Care Center. She was born on July 17, 1947 in Bellevue, OH to Henry E. and Delores (Waters) Birkholz. Alison was a 1965 graduate of Bellevue High School. Alison married John Lauer on August 22, 1969 at St. Joseph Catholic Church and he survives. She worked at Terra Community College as a records office Clerk for twenty-five years, retiring in 2011. Alison was a member of St. Joseph Church, St. Joseph Booster Club and the Soroptimist Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends including her boat partnerships for thirty-seven years and lunch with all her friends at Terra.
Alison was an amazing woman and an inspiration to all who knew her. In her last twenty-seven years, she went from being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in 1996, chemo, radiation, bone marrow transplant and then to remission only for the cancer to return as Stage 4/metastasized and even more chemo. In all her twenty-seven years living with cancer, her attitude was positive, strong and focused on doing what it took to enjoy life. She appreciated all the love and support from her husband, John and her family and many friends over the years and said that is what kept her going so she could live a good life. She did just that- her best times were with John (most of the time), her kids and grandkids. Always happy around the grandkids, whether it was all the trips to see the Montpelier grandkids in their school and athletic events or the many trips to see her grandkids in New Orleans and going to dinner with her Fremont grandchildren.
Alison’s happy place was on the Friendship IV with John and their life-long friends, Denny and Linda, Mike and Shari and Bob and Cheryl. So many happy times and cherished memories on that boat. Another big part of Alison’s life was all the road trips to follow her favorite teams: Ohio State, the Indians, the Browns and Cavaliers. She was a big fan as John is much more quiet about it.
Alison lived so many good years thanks to the doctors at University Hospital and Cleveland Clinic-hundreds of trips to Cleveland were so well worth it. Also thank you to Dr. Yuhas who was such a kind and good primary doctor for Alison for so many years. The family is also grateful and appreciative of the wonderful home health care given to Alison during her last weeks at home and her last week at Bethesda Care Center.
Alison is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, John Lauer; children, Erika (Eric) Williams, Monica (Joey) Brigle and Joshua Lauer; grandchildren, Hampton, Eric and Julia Williams, Landon, Lainey and Libbey Brigle, Joshua, Jayson, Jessica and Jordyn Mittower; siblings, Charles Birholz and Kathleen (Nick) Lilli; sisters-in-law, Judi Hughes and JoAnne Colgate; many nieces and nephews; “adopted” daughters, Amber Root, Kourtney Jared, Brandi Carter and Tiffany McClain.
She is preceded in death by her parents ; her mother and father-in-law, Helen and Joe Lauer; brothers-in-law, Joe and Jim Lauer, Pat Colgate and Dan Hughes.
Visitation will take place Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH 43420.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 709 Croghan St. Fremont, OH 43420.
Burial will follow mass at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorials can be made in Alison’s honor to the St. Joseph Booster Club.
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Dear John and Family,
So sorry for your loss.
She has inspired so many people including her family.
Alison is singing and dancing in heaven surrounded by God and His angels.
Prayers and Hugs,
Tim and Vicki Wolf Hoffman
Florence Carol Swint
John and family,
Heart felt sympathy to you and all the family. A courageous lady has left this world knowing the love and care by you.
John and Flossie Swint
John~sending our sincerest sympathy to you and the family. Allison fought the good fight and was a beacon of light to all. She always had a smile on her face and a wonderful sense of humor. Her happiness and gratitude were contagious. May she rest in peace .
Bob & Kathy Cochey
John and Family
Thoughts and prayers are sent to All!! Allison was a very amazing woman who I got to know thru Terra and her work in the Records Office. Once she left Terra, she visited her Terra Records Office friends & spread her joy and friendship to me in the Cashier Office. Will miss her positive attitude and inspiration even if she was having a not so good day. Will miss her very much!
Dear John & family- am so sorry for your loss. Alison has her wings now and is at peace. My condolences
Robert & Deborah Eshleman
John & Family,
Words cannot express the sadness we feel for the loss of your wife mother and friend, but we can only hope you find comfort in sharing your happy memories of Allison. We didn’t know her very well but we’ve only heard wonderful things about her. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you!
Deb and Bob Eshleman
Rest In Peace Allison, Sending Prayers to the Family!
Gary & Mary Franks
John and Family: We are so sorry for your loss of Alison. She fought such a courageous battle for so many years and was truly an inspiration for many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. She will be missed.
So sorry for your loss, she fought long and hard. Our sympathy to your family.
To John and family. So sorry to hear this. You guys were all great people to our family over the years. Prayers for you guys. Alison I hope you have a great time at Put-in Bay in heaven.
John and Family,
My sincerest sympathies to you all. Her true warrior spirit fought the fight courageously for 27 years. I will miss seeing her smiling face wherever I would see her. May you all find peace and comfort in God’s arms.
John and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all! So sorry for your loss!
May you RIP, Alison!
Gary & Mary Franks
John and family: We are so very sorry for your loss of Alison. She fought such a courageous battle for so long and was truly and inspiration to all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends. She will be missed.
John. Sending heart felt sympathy to you and also your family. What a great cancer fight she fought. Not an easy journey, but she fought with bravery. Allison has won her rest in peace battle.
John and family, my deepest sympathies to all of you. May Alison Rest in Peace.
Dear John and Family, You have our Deepest Sympathy and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Larry and Karen Cronin
Allison fought the cancer battle with grace. I was fortunate to meet her and become friends with her working at Terra. Whenever we saw each other she was full of smiles.
John, my heart goes out to you and your family.
Dear John & family. My love and prayers go out to you . Alison was always so brave and a remarkable Lady and dear friend. She always gave her all. She does have her wings now. Rest in the arms of angels. You will always be in our hearts.
Sandy Baum & family
Allison you were a great mentor to me in the records department when I was student at the college… Great and inspiring woman.. You will be greatly missed
Steve and Nancy Pfefferle
Prayers to all
Tim Cullen and Family
The world just lost some of its beautiful light, and the choir of angels shines even brighter now. Love and prayers to John and the entire family.
Carol and Denny Ritchie
Dear John and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Allison was a special person and inspired many by her courageous fight. Will never forget all the good times we had.
John, my prayers for Alison, you and your family. You were a wonderful example of married love, for better for worse. Thanks for showing the young ones how to love in marriage. Enjoy Faith in God and God’s love at this difficult time. Fr. Nick Weibl
Our sympathies to you John and the family.
Tom & Patty Swint
John & Family,
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Alison had such an amazing attitude while fighting her fight. She truly is an inspiration of courage, strength and the will to fight. You have many great memories to cherish. Hugs to you!
Sarah and Bobby Druckenmiller
John, Erica, Monica and Josh
Wishing you all peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Our hearts goes out to all of you during this difficult time. May you remember those happy times with her and continue to share stories to keep her memory alive. She will be missed. Hugs to you all.
Ryan and Charlene Karg
John, Erika, Monica, Josh and families, You all have our prayers and deepest sympathy. It’s been many years since we’ve been neighbors. We have lots of great memories from back then. In any of our encounters since then with John and Alison, they have always had a smile and positive attitude. Your unconditional love for each other is an example for us all to follow. During Alison’s courageous fight over those 27 years, she continued to do the things she loved. She is an incredible inspiration to us all. Embrace your faith and memories with her to help fill the void in your hearts. Rest in peace Alison.
Marty and Roy Wilhelm
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Alison was a special person. We were blessed to be her friend.
I will always remember Allison for that beautiful smile she shared with everyone. My sympathy to you all, and God’s peace to you as well.
Josh and Family,
I was so sad to hear of your loss. I have so many memories of your mom and just how sweet she was. She was always so encouraging and quick to ask how my family was doing. I hope you can find peace and are comforted with many great memories. I’ll be praying for you all.