Dr. Monwabisi David Lali, MD, 58, of Fostoria, passed away Monday evening February 19, 2018 at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.
He was born April 16, 1959 in Tokai, Western Cape, South Africa to the late Similo and Dora (Saleni) Lali.
He married Bridget Phumla (Gcelu) on September 20, 1993 and she survives in Fostoria.
Also surviving are 4 children; Mandisa Lali, Cape Town, South Africa, Silumko Gcelu, Cape Town, South Africa, Siphokazi Lali, Columbus, Ohio and Zoleka Lali, Athens, Ohio; and two nieces, Xoliswa and Khosi, Cape Town, South Africa.
He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Mncedisi and Fikile.
Growing up in South Africa, Dr. Lali worked doing various jobs such as working as taxi driver, security guard and even working at a clothing factory. Early on, he had two options: leave school and work as a laborer or struggle his way through basic education.
While working as a security guard, he made contact with a professor from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He offered him a job as a technical assistant and due to the segregationist Apartheid Laws, he spent the initial part of his academic career in a three room unit home with four occupants and no electricity.
He attended Langa High School in South Africa. He then attended the University of Cape Town, South Africa and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in Biochemistry and Chemistry. He was then offered to attend Wesleyan University in the State of Connecticut, USA. This was where Dr. Lali was on the University Presidents Budget Board and later earned his Master’s Degree in Biochemistry.
Following his Master’s degree, he furthered his practical training at The Pfizer Research Laboratories in Groton, CT. Here, he took the title of Assistant Scientist in the metabolic diseases department. Following this, he attended the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington, to study for a Doctor of Medicine Degree.
After completing his medical studies, he attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA to complete his residency training in Internal Medicine. Upon Completion of the residence training, he accepted a position as an Attending Physician at Fostoria Community Hospital; where he and his family made their home.
Dr. Lali earned his title MD on August 8, 1996. He currently practiced medicine at his own private practice on Vine Street in Fostoria. He was also the Medical Director at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.
Dr. Lali credits many people in his life, especially the African Scholar Fund for his success and opportunity to practice medicine in the United States.
The Lali family would like to thank the community for their continued support and loyalty over the years. They would also like to express their gratitude for all of their loved ones taking care of them overseas.
Visitation for Dr. Lali will take place Friday February 23, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at HOENING & SON FUNERAL HOME 133 W. Tiffin Street, Fostoria.
A funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday February 24, 2018 at the funeral home. Pastor William Bentley will preside. Additional visitation will take place 1 hour prior to the service at 12:00 p.m.
Burial will be in South Africa, where he will join his family.
Memorials are suggested to the African Scholars’ Fund through the care of Hoening & Son Funeral Home 133 W. Tiffin Street, Fostoria.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.
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