Lois E. Toms, 88

JUNE 26, 1923-FEB. 19, 2012

March 07, 2012

Mrs. Lois E. (Koppelman) Toms, 88, of 220 W. King St. in Waynesboro, Pa., passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at 11:50 a.m. at her home.

Born June 26, 1923, in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Louis H. and Bernadean (Nagle) Koppelman. She spent her early life in St. Louis, moving to Waynesboro in 1964.

Mrs. Toms was a 1941 graduate of Beaumont High School in St. Louis. She later attended Park College in Parkville, Mo., for two years.

She and her husband, the late Mr. Paul E. Toms, were married Jan. 21, 1967, in Waynesboro. They formerly resided at 314 Landis Ave. and Mount Vernon Terrace, both of Waynesboro. Mr. Toms passed away Sept. 27, 1985. She moved to her present residence in April 2006.


Mrs. Toms served as director of Christian education with United Church of Christ Churches throughout the United States, last working at Trinity United Church of Christ in Waynesboro.

She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Waynesboro, where she served as past elder and past president of the congregation. She also was a member of Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary, where she was past president. She served on the board of directors for Waynesboro Red Cross and Children’s Aide Society of Franklin County. Mrs. Toms also was active with Waynesboro Council of Churches and served on the Educational Committee for Hoffman Homes Inc., based in Littlestown, Pa. She also was a member of National AARP.

She is survived by three stepgrandchildren, Julia Mohn of Waynesboro, Carla Everhart of Cary, N.C., and Angela Mongan of Greencastle; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Tope of St. Louis; and a nephew.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her stepdaughter, Jane T. Reichard, who passed away Dec. 28, 2005.

Services will be Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 W. North St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Sue D’Heedene officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends one hour before services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 W. North St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

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