Matilda "Millie" Motyka Lothringer

Aug. 2, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Millie Lothringer passed away quietly in her sleep on August 2 while in hospice care following a major stroke. She resided in Waltonwood-Providence Independent Living in Charlotte North Carolina. Millie, was born at home in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, on January 19, 1921, to John and Agata Motyka.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of nearly 30 years, Robert Alan Lothringer; first husband, Leonard Krysa; grandson, 1 Lt Benjamin Hall; and great-granddaughter, Charlotte Merkle.

She is survived by her sister, Emily Williams of La Porte, Ind.; son, John C. Krysa (Lois) of Lake Gaston, North Carolina; daughter, Ann Campbell (Joe) of Bellevue Nebraska; son, Peter Lothringer of Marshall Minnesota, and daughter, Sarah Hall (John) of Fredericksburg Virginia. She was grandmother to Lt. Col John D. Krysa (Christine) of New Bern, North Carolina, Rebecca Drozdz (Craig) of Charlotte N.C., Kathryn Hall (Matthew) of London, England, Melissa Hall of Fredericksburg, and SPC Joseph Hall currently stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Her great-grandchildren include Jillian and Allison Krysa of New Bern, North Carolina, and Benjamin and John Merkle of London, England.

Millie attended business college in La Porte, Indiana. She married Leonard Krysa at the start of WWII and moved to Chicago after the war. During her time in Chicago she became a Certified Professional Secretary, culminating in a position as Executive Secretary for the President and Chairman of the Board of Stivers Lifesavers Inc. Mille was President of the local PTA and a Cub Scout Den Mother. She left Chicago upon her marriage to Bob Lothringer in 1972 and moved to Clinton and then Muscatine. Following Bob’s demise in 2002, Millie split her time between Lake Gaston, North Carolina, and Fairfax, Virginia, living with John and Lois from 2002 until her move to Waltonwood Independent Living in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2014. She was an avid gardener, master seamstress, altar guild coordinator at Grace Lutheran Church of Muscatine, and was active in PEO Chapters in Muscatine and Fairfax. Millie loved sewing, her flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and generations of grand-dogs.

A memorial service was held at Lakeside Lutheran Church of Littleton, North Carolina on Sunday August 27, at 2 p.m.  A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday September 15, at Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport, where she will be interred with her husband, Robert. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeside Lutheran Church, 2427 Eaton’s Ferry Road, Littleton, North Carolina 27850 or the PEO.

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