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Helped preserve Hudson historical homes

Published: March 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Lois Gardner Newkirk, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 19, 2014.

Mrs. Newkirk was born in Findlay, Ohio. She lived in Hudson for the past 48 years. She was a leading figure in work to help preserve and recognize Hudson's historic homes and architectural legacy during that period. She served on Hudson's Architectural and Historical Board of Review.


Mrs. Newkirk was a leader in and National Registry Consultant for the Hudson Heritage Association. Beginning in 1985, she photographed, researched and edited an extensive survey of Hudson's historic houses, a five year labor of love. The resulting book, "Hudson: A Survey of Historic Buildings in an Ohio Town" was published by Kent State University Press in 1989 and remains the definitive resource on historic homes and architecture in Hudson. Lois was also active in the League of Women Voters, an avid bridge player, a voracious reader and a member of several book clubs.

Mrs. Newkirk is survived by her two daughters, Margaret Newkirk and Beth Newkirk; son-in-law George Rothenberger; granddaughter Sophia Rothenberger; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Newkirk; by her parents, James and Frances Gardner; and by six sisters and three brothers.

The family would like to thank the staff at Crown Center at Laurel Lake, Crossroads Hospice and Homewatch Caregivers for their wonderful care and support.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at the Serenity Chapel at Laurel Lake, 200 Laurel Lake Drive in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the Historic Preservation Fund of the Ohio Historical Society. Checks should be made payable to the Ohio Historical Society and include "in memory of Lois Newkirk" on the memo line. Memorial gifts can be mailed to Institutional Advancement, Ohio Historical Society, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus Ohio, 43211.

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