Lois Salapka 1928-2020
Lois Salapka arrived in heaven on July 19, 2020, to be welcomed by her Lord Jesus and the love of her life, Stan – who I’m sure had thought of many pranks to play while he was waiting for her to join him!
She was born Lois Nadine Cobb on November 14, 1928, to Luther Herbert and Hester Ailene Cobb in Wichita, Kansas. She had three brothers – Harley/Bob, Lee, and Ernest – and two sisters – Gail and Lyn. She spent most of her growing up years in California until she left to attend Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle, Washington. It was there that she met her soulmate, Stan Salapka.
One attribute can best describe Lois – she was a people-person! Lois was a wonderful pastor’s wife and prayer warrior and loved counseling and helping anyone in need. While they were working at a Bible camp in Olympia, she was so good at getting to know the kids and remembering them from summer to summer. Her favorite job there was teaching waterskiing, which she did so well! She continued to waterski into her 70s and was very sad when the day came that she could no longer ski.
She was involved locally with the Christian Women’s Club and was a great supporter of the Addy Rescue Mission and Hands Across Nations. She and her husband Stan were also volunteers at St. Joseph’s Long-Term Care unit for many years where she really enjoyed talking with the residents and spending time with them. Many of you may also remember Lois and Stan riding their “Buddy Bike” in the Chataqua Parade. They both loved being part of that celebration. Maybe they are now riding their Buddy Bike around heaven. 🙂
She is survived by her two sisters Gail Chehock and Lyn (Dave) Hanush, son Mike (Helen) Salapka, daughter Connee (Jeff) Potter, grandchildren Kent (Kirsten) Potter, Luke (Kate) Potter, Reece (Kathryn) Potter, Ben Salapka, and Megan Salapka, 8 great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be planned for a future date when her family and friends can all be in attendance.