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Lois Whitaker

Lois J. Whitaker

1940 - 2019
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Lois J. Whitaker, 79, died from end stage Alzheimer’s at her home in Leesburg, FL. She was born June 20, 1940 in Hornell, New York, the daughter of Karle H. and Helen Mae (Guild) Zeltwanger.
Lois graduated and was top of her Beauty School Class for cutting hair. After school she married Kenneth Whitaker and they settled in Leesburg, Florida. They celebrated 59 years of marriage on July 3rd. Lois loved music and loved to sing. Her first job as a Director of Music was at Fruitland Park Baptist Church. She sang for years on Channel 55. She traveled to teach and sing in the Phillipines. She sang with her dear friend in the largest church of the world in Korea. Lois was a loyal member of Women’s Aglow International for over 30 years. She served on the board for 5 years and served as President for 9 years. Most people don’t know that while visiting her sister in Palatka, Lois rescued a little girl from a kidnapper in the Walmart parking lot. She was presented the Medal of Honor as a Hero, by the City of Palatka.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Tom, and her sister, Chris. Surviving in addition to her husband, Kenneth Whitaker, are her daughter, Dawn (Pat) Kennedy of Leesburg; her son, Steve (Susan) Whitaker of Leesburg; two brothers, Don (Debby) Zeltwanger, Chuck (Joni) Zeltwanger; six grandchildren, Josh(Renee) Kennedy, Aaron Kennedy, Chrisy (Shawn) Sterner, Matt (Olivia) Whitaker, Kylar (Alexa) Whitaker, Shelly Whitaker; six great grandchildren, Avery, Olivia, Eleanor Lois, Haylee, Jennifer and Daniel and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held with viewing from 10-11 am, service at 11:00 am–12:00 pm, Saturday, July 20th at Heritage Community Church, 509 Berckman St., Fruitland Park, FL. Her interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Leesburg, FL. The family suggest memorials be made to Cornerstone Hospice. Arrangements by Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory in Leesburg, FL.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Heritage Community Church
    Address
    509 W Berckman St
    Fruitland Park, Florida 34731
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 20, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Heritage Community Church
    Address
    509 W Berckman St
    Fruitland Park, Florida 34731
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    Officiant
    Rev. Alex Holloway
  • Interment

    Location
    Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
    Address
    CR 25A
    Leesburg, Florida 34748
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Donations are being accepted for: CORNERSTONE HOSPICE FOUNDATION INC.

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Marjorie McDonald

Posted at 08:22pm
Anyone that ever met Lois, felt like they had known her forever. She was a people person. She loved unconditionally. She laughed a laugh that made you laugh along with her. She was the bright light on any cloudy day. Her life was an open book that she didn't mind anyone reading. Her voice gave you chills to hear any song she sang... even a children's song was beautiful! God gave her a wonderful gift and she used it for his glory. When I was a teenager she lead a group of roudy, young kids to sing in a group that went from church to church to sing. She taught us all our parts and we obeyed her without her ever having to get angry or loud. Not sure how she pulled that off, but she did it. She gave more than she ever got but was happy and it showed. She showed her love for everyone not just said it. You knew when she walked into the room, you were going to get a laugh or a big smile that day. Lois was a beautiful woman inside and out. I am so thankful for all the years I got to know her. For the wonderful memories I have because God allowed her to be in my life. I am a better person because of her. To the family, she will always be in your hearts and minds... forget any and all sad or bad times and just hang on to the memories of love she gave us all. Hugs to each of you.
LZ

Love, Lynette & Bob Horn. Chad, Kyle & Erika Zeltw

Posted at 11:11am
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