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Lois C. Litchford

May 17, 1929 - August 19, 2019
Kalamazoo, MI


Graveside Service

Friday, August 23, 2019
12:00 PM EDT
Riverview Cemetery
2925 Niles Rd
St Joseph, MI 49085


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Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 345-0273
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1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Age 90, died on August 19, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Vicki Dmitruk in Plainwell, MI. Lois was born May 17, 1929 in South Haven, MI, the daughter of Albert Leonard and Mildred Louise (Johnson) Olson. She married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Litchford, on June 27, 1948 in Covert, MI. Together they raised three children in St. Joseph before moving to Kalamazoo in 1985. She was an active member of Sharon Lutheran Church in St. Joseph and, later, of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo. A passionate quilter, Lois hand quilted over 250 quilts for family and friends, spanning five decades. In 2010 she began specializing in baby quilts and opened SkandiaQuilts, her own online store. Surviving are her children: Bruce Thomas (Pamela) Litchford of Saline, MI, Vicki Ann (Victor) Dmitruk of Plainwell, MI; 6 grandchildren: Thomas (Danielle) Litchford, Katherine Litchford, Megan (Justin) Keteyian, Jonathon (Betsy) Dmitruk, Kimberly Dmitruk, and Benjamin Dmitruk; 7 great-grandchildren: Sean, Olivia, Matthew, Miles, Jackson, Joseph, and James; her siblings: Carol (Glenn) Woolard of Camby, IN and Dorothy (John) Hadaway of South Haven, MI; and many nieces and nephews. Lois was preceded in death by her adoring husband, Thomas, who died April 4, 2017, their son, Thomas Brian Litchford, who died June, 1976, and her sister, Ruth Austin, who died May 2012. Cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be held at 12 PM on Friday (Aug 23) at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, 2925 Niles Rd. Visit Lois’ personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you may archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements by Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo, (269) 375-2900.