OBITUARY: Laurie Oswald Robinson

Laurie Oswald Robinson

Laurie Oswald Robinson was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on July 14, 1959.

She graduated from Goshen College in 1983, majoring in communication. A Newton resident, Laurie was a prolific writer, working for several newspapers, such as Harvey County Now and Mennonite Weekly Review. She wrote two books: “Forever Family,” a book that documents her journey with a beloved foster daughter and “Now It Springs Up,” a devotional book. She was a freelance writer, specializing in helping families create family books. She had just completed a family book for her own family.

Laurie was active in organizations like Peace Connections, planning a golf tournament and fundraising events. She traveled to South Africa, raising money and writing for Water for Life. She was a beloved teacher and substitute teacher in the Newton community.

Laurie was married to Al Robinson in 2005. She was active in the Mennonite Church and then became a devout Catholic, where she wrote educational articles, taught classes and served as a cantor. She put 100 percent into everything she did and was a beloved member of every community she served.

Laurie Oswald Robinson died April 8, 2024, in a pedestrian/car accident, as she trained for the Kansas Camino Walk.

She is survived by her husband, Al, and his mother, Beryl, and three brothers, Danny (Wendy), Ronny (Jeannie) and Michael (Wendy). She is also survived by sister Jane Lambert (Vaughn) of Salina, brother Neil Oswald (Kathy) of Manson, Iowa, brother Brian Oswald (Patty) of Chicago, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul; mother, Dorothy; sister, Paula; nephew, Kevin; and her brother-in-law, Reggie (Jane).

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Peterson Funeral Home in Newton, with a Celebration of Life at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 19, at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Newton. Memorial funds can go to Peace Connections or the Altar Society at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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