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home : obituaries : obituaries April 28, 2016

12/8/2012 8:00:00 AM
Orpha H. Lough
April 9, 1915 - Dec. 1, 2012
Orpha Lough
Orpha Lough

Mrs. Orpha Hilda Lough went to be with the Lord at the wonderful age of 97. She was an amazing mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all. She passed away quietly at 5:55 p.m. Dec. 1, at Woodlawn Hospital.

She brightened many lives as a lifetime resident of Fulton County, with the exception of two years spent in Marshall County. Orpha was born on April 9, 1915, in Richland Township, to Paul and Clara Wilfert Gansch.

Growing up, she attended Richland Center School, sharing her childhood with two sisters, Anna and Martha. She married her best friend, Greshem F. Lough, who became her lifelong mate on a beautiful Christmas Eve in 1932. During their wonderful 45 years of marriage, Greshem and Orpha had one son and three daughters. Their legacy continued and blessed them with eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

Through the years, she and Greshem owned and operated the Richland Center Store for three years and the Tiosa Elevator for eight years. In recent, years she enjoyed cheerfully volunteering at the Fulton County Museum and helping out at church suppers.

Since her childhood, Orpha was a loyal and devoted member of the Richland Center United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women. For over a decade, she was a member of the Rebekkas Lodge.

An extraordinary cook and baker, Orpha was a member of the Columbia School and Rochester High School cafeteria staffs for a number of years. At home, her kitchen was the hub of family gatherings as she created custom meals for birthdays, the holidays and other special family celebrations. Always in demand were the weekend treats - piping hot cinnamon rolls fresh from her oven or a variety of donuts. She is also remembered for her cookies, chocolate layer dessert, pies and cakes.

With uncanny artistic talent, Orpha expressed herself on canvas, using oils as her medium. She also enjoyed photography, stamping sweatshirts, ceramics and crocheting afghans and other gifts of warmth for family and special friends.

She is survived by her devoted daughters, Betty Jean Myers, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Patricia Ann Rogers and husband William, Phoenix, Ariz.; caring and attentive daughter-in-law, Ann Lough, Culver; wonderful son-in-law, Phillip Alber, Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Those welcoming her home to heaven are her husband, Greshem Lough (1978); son, Greshem "Monty" Lough (1997); grandchild, Todd Alber (2011); daughter, Marilyn Alber (2012); and sisters Anna Horgesheimer and Martha  Gansch.

A celebration of her life is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the Good Family Funeral Home with Pastor Don Nunemaker officiating.

Friends may visit with her family from 4-7 p.m. Monday and an hour prior to her services on Tuesday.

She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband Greshem in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Burton-Richland Center United Methodist Church or the Fulton County Historical Society Museum.

You may wish to sign Orpha's guest book or light a candle to honor her memory at

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Lorene "sis" Myers (Clay)

Dear Pat and Bill So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Have not been in touch for many years but just read the paper and had to let you both know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sis Myers (Clay)

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