Lisa Sue Gollinger, 50 of Ojai, CA and formerly of Munising, MI passed away December 24, 2018 after a short but very brave battle with cancer.
Lisa was born on March 8, 1968 to Jack and Lola Gollinger, the youngest of six children. Lisa graduated from Munising High School in 1986. She attended Suomi College where she earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science. After college graduation she worked for Holiday Travel in Marquette and Munising. In 1989 Lisa moved to Ojai, CA where she again worked as a travel agent. She then went on to become a certified Massage Therapist for several years. Most recently she worked as a home stager for Ojai Homes, of Ojai.
Lisa’s greatest life achievement was of course being Amara’s mom which she treasured very much. Although her time with Amara was cut short, Lisa was the best cheerleader, coach, consoler, and the best half of a car singing duet a daughter could ever have. They cherished their trips to the family camp on Mirror Lake every summer. Although Lisa lived in California for 30 years a big piece of her heart was always in Munising where she loved spending time with family and catching up with old friends.
Lisa was passionate about life and took nothing for granted. She loved nature and was never happier than when she was hiking, biking, or just spending time outdoors. She dedicated herself to living a healthier and more holistic life and studied Ayurveda and massage therapy. She was always finding ways to help others and often aided the most wayward souls.
Lisa is survived by her daughter Amara Maloof age 12, of Ojai, CA; her mother, Lola Gollinger of Munising, her siblings, Scott (Amy) Gollinger of Davidson, NC, Jackie (Jonathan) Parker of Oak View, CA, Paul (Karin) Gollinger of Munising, Patty Ann (Mike) Eiseman of Munising, David (Shelby) Gollinger of Huntington Beach, CA. Nieces and nephews, Heidi, Kirsten, Daren, Jamie, Jack and Cambria, and Lisa’s partner of 6 years, Tom Patison of Ojai, Ca. Lisa was preceded in death by her father John (Jack) Gollinger of Munising.
A time to celebrate Lisa’s life will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Disbrow’s Breezy Point at E8393 Mirror Lake Road, Wetmore. There will be a time of visiting and fellowship with family and friends from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
If one wishes to honor Lisa’s memory, her family and friends suggest The Lisa Gollinger ParentCare Memorial Fund. Lisa knew intimately the joy and the challenges new parents face. Ten years after giving birth to her daughter, Lisa was ready to serve other parents. As a Secure Beginnings ParentCare Newborn Home Visit volunteer, Lisa was matched with a family to provide both hands-on and emotional support. Lisa gave so generously of her time and love to her designated family at a tender time in their lives, and through service received her own personal healing.
The Lisa Gollinger ParentCare Memorial Fund was created to benefit low income families in need of scholarship to receive ParentCare Newborn Home Visits. Through the generosity of her family, friends and community members, Lisa’s heart of caring lives on. As of August 6, 2019, Lisa’s fund has grown to $13,600. Lisa loved this program and recognized its' tremendous value for families. In Lisa's honor, her sister Jackie has now become a volunteer with ParentCare.
Donations in honor of Lisa can be sent to: Secure Beginnings P.O. BOX 285 Ojai, CA 93024. Please indicate Lisa Gollinger Memorial Fund
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