Louisa Koenig Bessire, 94, currently of Rutherford House in Fremont, passed away November 12, 2012. She was born May 20, 1918 to William and Clara Koenig in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Fremont, Ohio. Louisa retired from the Euclid, Ohio, Board of Education in 1979 and moved to Florida with her husband Donald (Gene) Bessire, who passed away there in 1993.
Louisa lived a life of service to others. She was a devoted Brownie and Girl Scout leader for many years. When she moved to Florida she became a volunteer for hospice. Louisa and her husband spearheaded a campaign to build a new Lutheran church in their community in Florida. She was also a leader in their local chapter of the Elks in Florida. She was a devoted wife, mother, neighbor and friend that always went out of her way to see to the needs of others.
Louisa was a sports fan that loved the Browns, The Ohio State Bucs, the Indians and more recently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Devil Rays. She was a knitter that provided all her family with afghans and other winter wear. When she wasn’t knitting, she did crafts and puzzles. Louisa loved her family and welcomed each new addition with smiles and joy.
She is survived by a son William (Robin) Bessire of Fremont and a daughter Barbara (Thomas) Wesbecher of Troy, Ohio; grandchildren Erik (Stephanie) Kessler, Erin Brooks, Aaron (Sarah) Wesbecher, Jared (Alissa) Wesbecher, Kimberly (William) Fleischer, and Amy Lybrook. She is also survived by 10 great grandchildren. One sibling Lee (Caryl) Koenig survives.
Preceding her in death were her parents; sisters, Leonarda (Hank) Smith and Anne (Jim) Jacobi; grandson, Robert Fuller.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday,December 7, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH.
Memorial Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Keith Koppenhofer officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Heartland Hospice, 905 W. State St, Fremont, OH 43420
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