Lulu Loshbough

By on January 1, 2009

            Lulu Loshbough, 95, of Elgin, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the Pine View Care Center in St. Charles. In the season of her Savior’s birth, Lulu was “called home for Christmas” to join her daughter, Judy Clauss and brothers, Edward and Richard Stepina. 

            She was born Feb. 26, 1913, in Chicago, the daughter of Frank and Edna (Spitz) Stepina. Lulu grew up in Chicago, and at age 15, began working at Progress Engraving to help support herself and her siblings. In later years, she was employed with the Sears company, where she proudly recalled learning to operate a computer. 

            On  July 27, 1935, Lulu was united in marriage to Raymond Loshbough in Cicero, Ill., and they made their home in Chicago. As the years passed, they lived in many different places and eventually Lulu settled herself in Medinah, Ill. Her fondest recollections were of “faith and family.”

            While living in Itasca, she was very active at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Later, in Roselle, Ill., she took great pride in becoming a lector at Trinity Lutheran Church. More recent years brought her further west to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church near Plato Center. While making her home with her daughter Judy, Lulu made her “faith home” at St. Peter’s, where she continued to love teaching and being part of a growing church.
            A woman who found the secret to remaining young at heart, Lulu always enjoyed learning new things—including her enthusiasm for learning line dancing at 90-years-old. Though life was not a “rose garden,” Lulu learned to bloom where she was planted, and in her own words, “I just ask the Lord every morning to come into my heart and then I have joy all day.”

            She is survived by one son, Robert (Eileen) Loshbough of Vail, Ariz.; a son-in-law, Walter (the late Judy) Clauss of Plato Center, Ill.; four grandchildren and their families, Brian (Pat) Clauss of Elgin and their children, Natalie, Nathan and Clint; Sherry (Gordon) Gehrke of Maple Park, Bob (Joanne) Loshbough Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., and Rich (Jeannette) Loshbough of Elgin; three great grandchildren from Brian and Pat: Natalie (John) Seper, Nathan Campbell (Fianc`ee Kelly Riha) and Clint Clauss; two great-greatgrandchild from Natalie and John: Christopher and Ian Seper; three siblings, Frank (Mary) Stepina of Fla., Clarence Stepina of Ill. and Dorothy (Al) Simon of Fla.

            In addition to her parents and her husband, Raymond, she is preceded in death by their daughter, Judy Clauss; and her two brothers, Edward and Richard Stepina. 

            Her funeral service and visitation were combined on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Plato Center, Ill. Friends called at visitation hours from 11 a.m. until 12:45 pm. The funeral service began at 1 p.m. and  concluded with committal services at Lily Lake Cemetery, Route 47, Lily Lake.

            A memorial has been established in Lulu’s name to benefit her church  as well as other favorite charities.  Memorials checks may be made to the  Lulu Loshbough Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.    Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or  through her obituary at For information call (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.