Mabel L. Loesch, 89

Mabel Lorraine (Treichler) Loesch, age 89, of Florida, formerly of Albion Township, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, FL.

She was born July 1, 1925, in Albion Township, Wright County, to Rudolph and Hedwig (Zeidler) Treichler, who preceded her in death. Her sisters, Florence Uecker and Vernice Glessing; and her brother, Harvey Treichler also are deceased.

Mabel was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville, and has been active in church activities all her life.

She married Harold Loesch Oct 19, 1945, who preceded her in death.

Mabel received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University, was nominated to Phi Kappa Phi, and was a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

She was an adjunct professor at Southern University and Louisiana State University; and a social work supervisor at a residence facility for adolescents in need of supervision.

Mabel was also a member of Mensa, Intertel, Escarosa Women’s Club, and many genealogical societies. She was listed in Who’s Who in America.

Wherever she lived, Mabel was active in volunteer work, starting a school in Honduras and in Ecuador, and three schools and a clinic in Bangladesh, all of which are still in operation. Locally, she worked as a volunteer at Manna Food Bank for more than 25 years, and for the Trauma Intervention Program for five years.

She chaired the Mensa Scholarship Awards for Northwest Florida for 15 years, and edited two cookbooks, the proceeds of which went to charities (What’s Cooking in Ecuador) for the home for daughters of imprisoned women, and (Making Do) for Manna Food Bank in Pensacola. All this volunteer work was in gratitude for God’s blessings.

Mabel was currently a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pensacola, where she had served as council secretary, council member, and chairman of the social ministry committee. She also designed and started the oatmeal breakfast for homeless program there.

She is survived by four sons and a daughter: Alexander (Marcy) Holland of Greenwood Village, CO, Stephen (Mary) Loesch of St. Petersburg, FL, Gretchen (David) Drinkard of Imperial, MO, Jonathan (Carolyn) Loesch of Orlando, FL, and Frederick (Dawn) Loesch of Pensacola; seven grandchildren: Travis (Anne) Holland and Shana (Michael) Grundy of Denver, CO, Matthew (Katie) Loesch of Omaha, NE; Casey (Carolyn) Loesch of San Antonio, TX; Paul Fehler of St. Louis, MO, and Xavier and Lorraine Loesch of Pensacola, FL; and seven great-grandchildren: Anderson, Zachary, Elizabeth, Samuel, Jackson and Reagan Loesch and Aria Holland. Two foster children grew up in their home: Lourdes Alvarado of Ecuador, and Dilip Barua of Bangladesh. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Delores Treichler of Tempe, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will take place Nov. 7 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Florida. Memorials are requested to be made to your favorite charity and also in the form of special acts of kindness toward a stranger or a neighbor.

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