OBITUARY

Lotti Lanz Fuessel

August 18, 1937February 13, 2021
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Lotti Lanz Fuessel, 83 of Houston, Texas left a big hole in this world on, Saturday the 13th of February 2021 in the arms of her only child, daughter Sylvia.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Fuessel, her parents, Otto and Trudy Maurer, and her sister, Ruth Gfeller.

She is lovingly survived by her daughter, Sylvia Lanz Snell and husband Ben of Houston. Her step-daughter, Judy Renick and husband Bob of Florida and her Brother, Peter Maurer and Nephew, René Gfeller of Switzerland.

Lotti & Roland immigrated from Switzerland in 1958 with their loyal friends, Kurt and Yolanda Kleyhons to Houston, Texas. Roland was offered a job in a bakery from Swiss Baker, Hans Huywler , while Lotti landed a job as a seamstress for Houston’s elite.

It did not take long for the couple to open a bakery of their own in 1962. They became quite famous to this day. The bakery, Roland’s Swiss Pasty was the place to meet and have real espresso with fresh whipped cream in their tea room. The tea room (way before Starbucks) had customers from all over the world enjoying delicacies and conversation.

Restaurants too sought after their incredible Black Forest Cake and Swiss Rye bread.

Out of the bakery, Lotti loved spending time with her daughter going everywhere! They were inseparable. Since the bakery was closed on Mondays, for several years, they devoted Mondays to shopping and called it, “Their Monday present”.

In 1976, Lotti became an American Citizen. She was very proud and it was extra special being the bicentennial year.

Later in life, she divorced and eventually met Edward Fuessel of New York. They married after 15 years of togetherness and enjoyed 10 more years of marriage. Ed adored Lotti and they enjoyed weekly dance night at Melody Ballroom and Pecos Grill dancing to the band, The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly. They loved to dance and travel. Ed suggested they volunteer as ushers at the Music Hall. They enjoyed all the shows and had a ball taking tickets and seating people. Lotti loved the people watching and their outfits. They both suggested Sylvia join them and soon, it was a wonderful tradition for the three of them. The highlight of Lotti’s ushering was being the stage body guard for Tom Jones!!! She could tell you some stories about that night!!

Lotti enjoyed oil painting and the walls of her home are filled with her beautiful paintings.

After Ed’s passing in 2005, Lotti’s greatest pleasure was traveling with her daughter. They traveled all over and when Sylvia’s job took her on the Texas roads, Lotti was always ready for the adventure. She was so easy to please and always happy.

Lotti’s favorite vacation was Cabo. Sylvia & Lotti spent countless hours in the water relaxing. Sylvia surprised Lotti with an Alaskan cruise which held so many memories for them.

Lotti fought cancer head on and never complained. She always had a smile on her face, despite the pain. Everywhere she went, people would gravitate to her and fell in love with her spirit. She never had a bad word said of anyone. She delighted herself in simple things except her clothes!!! She was a stylist dresser and was never seen outside not dressed up. She would giggle with her caretakers on how she would get dressed up for the grocery store.

She remained friends with her first husband and helped countless hours making thousands of Gingerbread Houses in the later years.

Judy, her step-daughter never missed a Sunday call with Lotti after her Dad’s passing. Those calls were a big part of Lotti’s life and they were more frequent during her fight with cancer. Judy was always there for her with concern, hope, and encouragement.

Lotti and Sylvia were each other’s everything and Sylvia never left her side until the end. Houston and Switzerland are filled with broken hearts.

Sylvia would like to thank her caretakers for their love and support. Her doctors for never giving up and and taking the best care possible for her. A special Thank you to Dr. Conrad and his team for saving her life three times with amazing surgery on her arms.

She surpassed the odds and was a warrior everyday!

Her angel wings are made of steel. May she rest without pain and be a guiding light to us all.

Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share memories of Lotti during a memorial reception to be held from four o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 4th of March, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A memorial service is to be conducted at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 5th of March, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. For those unable to attend the memorial service you may access the livestream on Facebook by selecting the "Join Livestream" icon on the “Memorial Service” section below.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contribution in her honor may be directed to This Is Houston, rescuing dogs for a better life, P.O. Box 2821, Houston, TX, 77252. (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ThisisHoustonTX); or (Venmo@ThisisHouston)

Services

4 March

Gathering and Sharing of Remembrance

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive
Houston, TX 77057

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
5 March

Memorial Service

10:30 am

Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive
Houston, TX 77057

Memories

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Sylvia Lanz Snell

February 28, 2021

Ed’s Daughter’s Wedding
Bob & Judy ❤️❤️

Sylvia Lanz Snell

February 28, 2021

1978 Roland’s Swiss Pastry Famous Gingerbread House Billboards!!
Lanz Family ❤️ 🇨🇭 🇺🇸 ❤️

Sylvia Lanz Snell

February 28, 2021

Lotti with her Brother Peter , visiting Galveston from Switzerland

Phil Waldrop

February 25, 2021

Dear sweet Lottie, I miss watching "The Price is Right" with you and talking. My sadness is far outweighed by the joy I have had knowing you and loving you. I was always glad to be there anytime you needed anything. It was my pleasure to help my birthday friend. Your light will always shine in all of us that were fortunate enough to have met you and I know we willl
Never forget you! The most gracefully dignified lady I've ever met and your will and inner strength was unbelievable.
So simply beautiful! I was lucky enough to know an Angel among us and am confident she will watch over and keep us all in her absence. All of my Love
To you Mrs. Fuessel. May you rest in eternal peace.

mitch samuels

February 25, 2021

Lotti Lanz Fuessel is the sweetest person I have ever had the pleasure to know. She had a wonderfully positive and consistent perspective that always amazed me. Of course, you also know that because if you knew Lotti, you loved Lotti. And you knew Lotti loved you too. It was just that simple and easy.
I loved to call her “mom”. And I think she liked that too. We had fun with that, though we were really more like sister and brother.
One of my greatest joys was to introduce Lotti to the electronic world by giving her her first computer and teaching her to use it. That took some patients on both of our parts, believe me, but the end result was well worth it. She took to it like a duck to water. Her excitement at the discovery was a joy to behold. She amassed a fortune beating the “play money” slot machines online. .........hehehehehe.
I love Lotti. I will always love Lotti. I know she is still with us in spirit, and will always be there. I am comforted by that thought.
My heart goes out to Sylvia and all of you joining me in this great loss.

Monika Buffington

February 25, 2021

One of our best memories of Lotti was at a drive through animal sanctuary where we were celebrating our youngest son’s birthday. We had invited Sylvia and Lotti to join us, as they were extended family. We were able to buy food to give to the animals. Lotti was thrilled. I think she was more excited about this than the kids were. There were donkeys and zebras. They were courteous in taking the food from her hand. She just giggled with joy. Then, along came a water buffalo. He was so thrilled with the food that he decided to kiss Lotti. As his long tongue reached her cheek, she screamed and laughed in delight. He continued to pursue our vehicle and Lotti. She kept saying “that tongue sure is long!” several times, all the while still feeding him and dodging his sloppy wet kisses. She finally decided to roll up the window, which must have broken the animal’s heart. Her laugh was absolutely infectious, and soon we were all laughing so hard that we were in tears.

Her warmth and endearing personality will surely be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. We are certain that Ed was eagerly awaiting her in heaven and they have been reunited in love for eternity.

Sylvia Lanz Snell

February 23, 2021

Sylvia Lanz Snell

February 23, 2021

Mom’s 80th Birthday ❤️

Sylvia Lanz Snell

February 23, 2021

Timeless Beauty ❤️

Alicia Farfan

February 23, 2021

Dear Sylvia: She will always be in my prayers, she was such a courageous woman, a fighter until the end. She loved you very much and you have been the best daughter that any mother could wish. Love.

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