Created on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
The time of Diane L. Allenbaugh Lotz departure has come too soon at the age of 51, after a courageous battle with cancer. But her fight was not good because of the number of breaths she took, but because of the moments she shared with us that took our breath away.
The moment Diane was born to Doris and William Allenbaugh on June 8, 1961, she was always known as “the baby of the family.” She graduated from Jackson Center High School in 1979 and graduated from Sinclair Community College. She was known, not just as another “Allenbaugh girl”, but rather a mother, wife, businesswoman and artist.
Diane married her high school sweetheart on Aug. 8, 1981. They began their life together in Indianapolis. They also lived in Chicago before returning home to Jackson Center. During their 31 years of marriage they had many great memories of their home projects, raising children, and traveling the countryside on a Harley. But it was their faith in their friendship and marriage that took their breath away.
Diane was not only devoted to her family, but also to the Jackson Center Community. She was a proud business owner of Lotz Insurance Agency, active member of Grace Lutheran Church and Relay for Life Team Leader of A.S.A.P. Her devotion to the community did not come from the business she made, but rather from the moments of joy you all gave to her.
Diane is survived by her best friend and soul mate, Ty, her beloved children, Nathan and Alanna (Bornhorst) Lotz, and John and Abby (Lotz) Pence, her father, William Allenbaugh, and her sisters, Darlene (Tom) Woolley, Cheryl (John) Janssen and Kathleen (Scott) Klopfenstein, all of Jackson Center. Diane is preceded in death by her mother, Doris (Gerber) Allenbaugh. Diane was excited with the anticipation of becoming a grandmother to her first grandchild which she was already calling “Peanut.”
We longed for a cure, and that is exactly what she received, a crown of God’s righteousness! Finally a life with no more fighting cancer or no more racing to try to get ahead, instead the gift of faith that keeps her close in our hearts so we can continue to share moments together that take our breath away.
Pastor Kent Hollis officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church, 607 S. Main St., Jackson Center, where visitation is from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the funeral Thursday. Burial follows in Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery in Jackson Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diane Lotz Scholarship or Wilson Home Health & Hospice.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Smith-Eichholtz Funeral Home, Jackson Center, where condolences may be expressed at www.smith-eichholtz.com