Lois B. Simpson, 89, of Stow, passed away on Feb. 18. Lois was born July 26, 1925 in Unionport, to Benjamin and Olga Ratzenberger. On Dec. 22, 1945, she married her true love, E. Alan Simpson, a naval radioman returning from World War II. They celebrated their 69th anniversary last December.
Lois and Alan owned Simpson’s Serview Inn located in Nottingham from 1945 until 1967. They then moved to Freeport and operated Simpson’s A&W Drive-In, home of the famous Simpburger. Lois and Alan moved to Stow in May of 2004.
Lois was a member of the Nottingham and Freeport Presbyterian Churches, and attended the First Christian Church of Kent. She was also active in the VFW Auxiliary, Garden Club, Library Book Club (all of Freeport), and the Flushing Chapter of Eastern Star. In addition, Lois enjoyed working with children as an Ohio Reads Volunteer.
Lois was an excellent cook, an avid reader and enjoyed knitting, gardening, bird watching, playing cards, and spending time with her family.
Lois will be especially remembered for her smile and sparkling blue eyes.
Survivors include her husband Alan; three daughters: Alana (Jay) Samaniego, The Woodlands, Texas; Suzie Simpson, Columbus; Becky (Jim) Dunlap, Stow; and her beloved “baby” brother, George (Linda) Ratzenberger, Cincinnati, and Pensacola, Florida. Lois was the proud grandmother of seven and loved her eleven great grandchildren. She was also blessed to have Julie Fortin, her long-time caretaker, whom she loved like a daughter. Lois was preceded in death by her parents and grandson David Kinsey.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22nd at the Freeport Presbyterian Church. Private burial will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Freeport Presbyterian Church or the Nottingham Presbyterian Church.