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Norbert (Norb) John Loesing, 60, of Columbus, died surrounded by family at home on October 27, 2023 after battling Pancreatic Cancer.
He was born in Cincinnati on March 15, 1963 to Richard and Anneliese Loesing. Anneliese described Norb as an easy-going child who always pursued peace and kindness.
He attended Elder High School in Cincinnati before receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. After Notre Dame, Norb earned a PhD from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the Ohio State University.
Norb had a fulfilling 25-year career as a CCIE Data Design Engineer for AT&T. Prior to AT&T, he was an Engineer for Northrup. In retirement, Norb taught AP Computer Science at St. Charles Preparatory School. In his short time teaching at St. Charles, Norb loved sharing his passion and experience with his students and hoped to be a positive role model for them, especially the graduating seniors.
Norb met Tracy, his wife of 33 years, in Cincinnati. The two were married on December 2, 1989 in Columbus. Norb and Tracy raised their 2 children, Dan and Keely, in Upper Arlington for 20 years before moving to Dublin, where they’ve lived for the last 8 years.
Everyone who knew Norb knew that his proudest accomplishments were raising his two children, Dan and Keely, with Tracy. He supported them in every way he could: coaching many sports teams, encouraging all their hobbies, and instilling in them a lifelong love of learning. Both hope to raise their children with as much enthusiasm as Norb did. Earlier this year, Norb became an Opa after Dan and his wife, Daniela, welcomed their daughter Anneliese. Norb cherished every moment he had with his granddaughter. In addition to raising his children, Norb loved spoiling his dogs Buddy and Max, and his grand-dog Lottie. Family was incredibly important to Norb. He looked for every opportunity he could find to travel with family or travel to visit family, and loved gathering with loved ones around the holidays.
He was an avid supporter of Notre Dame athletics, and proudly supported Dan in attending Notre Dame for both undergrad and Law School. Norb quickly became a gamecock fan following Keely’s decision to attend the University of South Carolina. Earlier this year, Norb jumped at the opportunity to travel with family to Jacksonville, FL to watch his Fighting Irish defeat South Carolina in the Gator Bowl. Norb was also a season-ticket holder for the Columbus Crew and loved cheering on the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.
A lifelong devout Catholic, he was active in Our Lady of Victory while growing up in Cincinnati, St Andrew Church while living in Upper Arlington, and recently St Patrick Church.
Norb will always be remembered for his enormous heart and his wonderful sense of humor. He was a fast friend or even father figure to everyone he met. Norb was always willing to share advice from a life full of experience – he could truly fix or build anything. We couldn’t have asked for a better son, husband, father, opa, and friend; we will miss Norb every day. Yet we place our confidence in Christ’s promise of eternal life. Norb’s spirit will continue to permeate our hearts and lives and we choose to honor him by emulating the virtue he instilled in us.
Norb was preceded in death by his father, Richard Loesing, and his father in law, Charles Rechel, and is survived by his wife Tracy Rechel Loesing; his children Dan (Daniela) Loesing and Keely (Thomas) Kubic; his granddaughter Anneliese Loesing; his mother Anneliese; his mother in law Evy; his siblings Doris (Steve) Kurtz, Richard (Rita) Loesing, and Diana (Tom) Grabo; and 18 nieces and nephews along with their spouses and children.
Visiting hours will be held from 1-4 pm on Sunday Nov 5th at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 403 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Monday Nov 6th at St. Patrick Church, 280 N. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. He will be buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.