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China Marie Lotzgesell

January 3, 1935 — December 13, 2022

China Marie Lotzgesell

China Marie Lotzgesell, 87, of Buffalo, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at I U Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

She was born on January 3, 1935 in Hammond to the late William A. and Ruby (Masters) Berg. On October 24, 1984 she married Robert Lotzgesell at the Presbyterian church in Lansing, IL. He survives.

China was a graduate of Hirsch High School located on the south side of Chicago. She was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church, and involved with Methodist Women, Soup for the Soul and past president of the church Rainbow group. She was a medical receptionist for orthopedic doctors in South Holland, IL and locally for Annare Loubser, until retiring at the age of 70. She was a member of the Merry Mixers Home Extension group. China loved to quilt, and she was the quilt club treasurer of the Calico Cut-Ups, and was involved in several quilt guilds over the course of her life. China enjoyed crocheting, knitting and made stockings for Blue Star Mothers and donated quilts to NICU hospital Neonatal intensive care units and also to the homeless. She loved and cherished time with her family and her extended family at Camp Tecumseh. China loved everyone with her whole heart.

In addition to her husband, Bob, she is survived by four children, Melody (Rod) Trembczynski of Lansing, IL, Nancy (Ray) Frystak of Calumet City, IL, Scott (Debbie) Von Berner of Jacksonville, FL and Sally (Russell) Lourwood of Buffalo; eight grandchildren, China, Holly, Peter, Evan, Rebecca, Emily, Brian and Ben; and four great-grandchildren, Caleigh, Drew, Vanessa and Madison.

Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 2022 at Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Funeral services celebrating China's life will be at 10:30 am Monday at the Monticello United Methodist Church with Rev. Brian Beeks officiating.

Burial will follow in Buffalo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Camp Tecumseh or Monticello United Methodist Church with envelopes available.

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