In Memory of




Obituary for Lois R. Diesing

Lois, a social worker and accomplished amateur poet, was the beloved daughter of Charlotte (Herzer) Diesing and Frederick C Diesing, a Lutheran church organist; predeceased by her brothers Edward and Richard, who were 11 and 8 years older.

A childhood friend from Saint Paul, MN recalled Lois calling up to her window for her and her sister to come out to play. There were frequent fights with rapid reconciliations; visits to Mr Diesing's World War II victory garden. They went tobogganing in the winter, and played board games in Lo's playroom in the attic.

Lois had a trove of poems memorized, a treasured gift from an otherwise awkward high school experience. The University of Minnesota transformed Lo into a lifelong news junkie, conferring a degree in political science.

Lois worked briefly in San Francisco after moving there with a childhood friend, and had traveled to every state in the continental US by her mid-twenties. Boston called her for a Masters in Social Work from Simmons in 1960, and that is where she stayed.

An Arlington, MA friend recalls sailboat races on Spy Pond in the 1960s and 70s; also swimming in a pool close to the crocodile swamps on Sanibel Island, FL where Lo and her brother owned an apartment. As befits a native of the land of 10,000 lakes (Minnesota's motto), she was a strong swimmer and sailor.

Lois worked as a Social Worker in Child Services and with the VA hospital. She was a full-time Field Advisor at Simmons University from 1970 until she hit burnout in the 1980s. She worked briefly as an Instructor at Boston University's School of Social Work as well as at Simmons. A semester's sabbatical focused on the study of feminist theology. She was highly thought of by her colleagues who recalled her as self-effacing, with sharp wit.

Lo was a faithful friend who set up a hospital bed in her living room for a friend with late stage cancer. In restaurants she often commended the waitstaff to their managers, sometimes collecting names and addresses to commend them later by letter. She took exquisite care of a succession of cats. She was a favorite of several children. Lo kept her friends on their toes, and laughing.