Lois J. Unangst, 339 E. Jamestown Road, formerly of Delaware Township and Hermitage, passed away at 9:52 p.m. on Wednesday (June 28, 2017) at the UPMC-Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was 88.
Lois was born in Irwin Township, Venango County, on Nov. 20, 1928 a daughter of Francis R. and Buena (Gilmore) Braham.
On Nov. 24, 1949 she married Donald M. Unangst who preceded her in death in July 16, 2016.
Lois was a 1946 graduate of Cochranton High School and attended what was Edinboro State College. She had been a teacher at the Nelson School in Crawford County and a third- and fourth-grade teacher at the former Sheakleyville Grade School.
For 15 years she had worked as a Congressional representative and office manager in the Congressional Office of the 24th District for Reps. Mark Marks and later for Thomas Ridge, having retired in 1990.
Lois was an active member of the Jerusalem Christian Church, where she taught Sunday School and had been past president of consistory and superintendent, member of the Friendship Bible Study Group as well as a weekly quilter.
She also had served on the board of directors for St. Paul Homes, West Salem Township, for 15 years. She was a member of the Stony Point Grange, Thiel Women's Club, Quota Club, Business and Professional Women's Club and the Homesteaders Advisory Council.
Lois had a love for politics and was an active member of the Mercer County Republican Committee and had served as county secretary, member of the Republican Council, committee woman for Delaware Township for many years and had also served as state director for Pennsylvania Council of Republican Woman for six years.
In 2004 she and her husband were the recipients of the Mercer County Republican Party Lifetime Achievement Award.
She is survived by: a son Gary D. Unangst and his wife Paula of Sandy Lake; and a daughter, Debra D. Theodotou and her husband Nicholas of Savanah, Ga.; five grandchildren, Heather Swartzbaugh and her husband Darren of Henderson, Nev., Ashley Simpson and her husband Gage of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Mackenzie Stunkard of Cottonwood, Utah, Kaley Stunkard of Charleston, S.C., and Andrew Theodotou of Savanah.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband of 66 years; her stepfather, Earl Pattison; a son, Larry D. Unangst; a grandson, Kyle Stunkard; a brother, Duane Braham; and a sister Maxine Bilitz.
The family has suggested memorial tributes may be made to the Jerusalem Christian Church, 560 Donation Road, Greenville, PA. 16125.
Lois J., 88, formerly of Delaware Township and Hermitage.
Calling hours: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday (7-1-17) at the Jerusalem Christian Church, 560 Donation Road, Greenville. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at snyderfh.com.
Service 11 a.m. Saturday (7-1-17) at the church with John Canon, pastor of the church, officiating.
Interment: Jerusalem Church Cemetery.
Arrangements by ROBERT L. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 169 Second St., Fredonia.
Published on June 30, 2017