Louise Arlene (Grillot) Koenig

Born: Thu., May 9, 1946
Died: Mon., May 26, 2014

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Location: Salm-McGill-Tangeman

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Louise Arlene Koenig expired gracefully on May 26, 2014 (8:56 AM) in her suite at Dorothy Love retirement community.  With her at that time were her husband, Raymond, and her son, Christian.  For several years Louise has contended with a progressive neurodegenerative condition finally diagnosed as Frontotemporal Degeneration.  Her extended disease gradually took her sweet, positive personality; all her cognitive skills; and, finally, her motor skills.  She handled each stage of her condition with steadfast courage and with amazing equanimity.  
Louise’s life was all about Family, Friends, and Travel.  Born to Joseph and Mary Grillot in Dayton, Ohio (May 9,1946) and raised in Russia, Ohio; she maintained large family roots and values even as she met and befriended people from, literally, all over the world.  She attended Ohio University and then worked in the insurance industry until she was selected for her ideal job as a stewardess for United Air Lines where she flew domestic routes based from Chicago and Los Angeles.  Although she was required to resign her dream job when she married Ray, a change in employment law allowed her to reapply.  She was subsequently selected by Trans World Airlines as a flight attendant on their international routes.  For twenty years Louise commuted to New York (JFK) to work flights to/from Europe, Asia, and Africa.  As she bussed from Laguardia to JFK, she often passed the 1964 World’s Fair site.  And the Fair’s motto soon became her philosophy – “Peace Through Understanding”.
Louise viewed travel, new experiences, new friends, and new ideas as the best possible education.  She had strong empathy for others opinions and feelings; and was often engaged in helping others to achieve their goals.  In Shelby County she was a leader with the Arts Council (Designer Show Houses, Arts in the Garden), and a Big Sister to two young ladies.  When she retired from TWA, she did continue to meet new people as a real estate agent, giving up that vocation as Christian became more involved in school/athletic activities.
In addition to Ray, her husband of forty-five years, and her son, Christian; Louise is survived by Christian’s partner, Jacqueline Buschur, and a granddaughter, Cameron Louise Koenig.  Also living are seven married sisters – Annette (Jerome) Goldschmidt, Patricia (Ronald) Francis, Mary Jo (Robert) Ennecking, Carol (Robert) Huecker, Joan (Michael) Donauer, Barbara (Daniel) Creagan, and Nancy (Lynn) Maurer.  Ray’s parents, his ten siblings, and their spouses have also become her family over the years; as has Louise’s exchange student son, Dr. Tiago de Souza, and his family from Brazil.
Louise has made and kept so many loyal friends from each stage of her life – grade school and high school, college years, airlines, Ray’s grad school, neighborhood and community, golf club….  So very many, collectively they are all FoLs (Friends of Louise).          
Louise’s diagnosis is relatively rare and she is therefore donating critical organs for medical research through the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cincinnati.  Autopsies will be performed by neuropathologists at the Indiana University Brain Bank and by genetic specialists at the University of Milan, Italy.  Her remains will be cremated and returned to earth at places very special to Louise.
Before the cremation a private funeral service respecting and sanctifying Louise’s life will be offered by Father Dan Schmitmeyer at Salm, McGill, and Tangeman funeral home (for immediate family only).  As Louise requested, Ray will be especially honored to offer her eulogy.  Memorials to Louise may be made to a charity/cause of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the Koenig family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at:  www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com
To Remember and Celebrate so much positive of Louise’s life; Ray and Christian will host an Open House on Saturday, June 21, 2014 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) at their home at 901 Arrowhead Drive, Sidney. Although saddened by her passing, we have not lost Louise; her homes, her many scrapbooks, her photos and memorabilia, and her own written memoirs are all so current.  Her infectious enthusiasm, her sincere understanding, her exacting standards, her warm smile and bright eyes – will be with us always.

Charitable donations may be made in Louise's memory to the following organizations:

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The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087
Tel: 1-267-514-7221

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Mark & Janet (Gagel) Dilley
   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
Wherever a beautiful soul has been, a lasting impression remains.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Craig Holmes & Hillary Holmes
   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
Ray and Christian-

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You have our deepest sympathy. If we can help in any way please let us know. Our thoughts are with with you and your family at this difficult time...

Craig & Hillary

Kathy & John Westerheide
   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
We send our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Louise was so much fun to play golf with at the Piqua Country Club and I really enjoyed her friendship and determination. She always had a smile and kind word for all those who were around her. I know it has been a long, hard fought battle and she faced it with her usual never give up attitude.

We will keep all of you in our daily thoughts and prayers.

John & Theresa Buschur
   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
Ray & Christian

You have our deepest sympathy, Louise was a very kind, thoughtful and sweet person. Cameron is very fortunate to have had grandma like her and now I am sure she is looking down from heaven laughing, dancing and smiling.

joyce r buehler
   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
Please except my deepest condolences on the death of Louise. I met her about fifteen years ago when I worked as the retired senior volunteer coordinator. She was the one who always encouraged me to challenge myself and she believed in my artistic ability. She had a very loving personality and a caring heart. May she rest in peace.

   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched. They must be felt with the heart.... Helen Keller. To live in hearts you leave behind is not to die. Louise, you will always hold a very special place in my heart. I love you, Faysie Dan

Courtney (Wendeln) Deutsch
   Posted Thu May 29, 2014
Ray & Christian,

What a beautiful photo of Louise. It is sweet and gentle, just as I remember her. As a child growing up, I was always amazed at Louise's voice. It didn't seem possible that anyone could be that soft and sweet all the time... and yet, she was. Whenever she would call to speak to my mom, I never had to ask who it was on the other end of the line... it was unmistakably Louise.

I know you have had a difficult road the past few years, and my heart aches for you and your loss. She was a lovely woman and a wonderful friend to my mother. You have my deepest sympathy.

Courtney (Wendeln) Deutsch

Joyce Stewart
   Posted Fri May 30, 2014
May loving memories of your wife,mother,grandmother, and, sister bring you comfort and peace.

It was always our" sincere pleasure," to welcome Louise to Catholic hour at Dorothy Love.

You could see, and, sense her connection with us, through her eyes. The "gentle essence,"of her, as well as,the "strength within her,"was apparent.

Louise was such a blessing to her family, a great neighbor, and a community leader, as evidenced by all who knew her.

Remembering you and your family in thought and prayer.

The Catholic Hour Ministry
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Dave and Mary Jo Enneking
   Posted Sat May 31, 2014
We offer our sincere condolences and prayers. Special prayers will be said for the entire family.

Phil McKinney
   Posted Tue June 03, 2014
Ray: So very sorry to hear of your loss. I suffered same type of loss and truly sympathize for your loss. So enjoy knowing you and always valued your counsel. Be Well Brother! Phi Alpha

Myrtle Hickman
   Posted Wed June 04, 2014
Ray, I will always treasure the special times I enjoyed with Louise. Especially our trip to Hilton Head with our other 3 golfing buddies. Oh what a fun week! I considered it a privilege to be one of FoLs (Friends of Louise). You & family have been in my thoughts & prayers.