July 4, 1927 - January 8, 2021.
Lois was born on the 4th of July and lived her life accordingly, as a celebration.
She loved bowling and was on at least one league for over 30 years and sometimes two. She traveled the United States from Baltimore to Reno, Minneapolis to New Orleans going to tournaments. She never brought home a trophy but instead brought home photographs, stories and decks of cards. She was league secretary for many of those years and even the secretary for the local bowling association once.
She loved playing cards and got together with her girlfriends for almost 50 years on a monthly then weekly basis to play sheepshead. She was also good at poker and hard to beat at cribbage.
In her later years she killed many houseplants with love and spent hours listening to audio books on her Kindle.
Lois enjoyed working hard, too. She did secretarial work for many years before going back to school in her mid-50s to become a medical transcriptionist. She loved working in the radiology department of Aurora Sinai Medical Center and stayed there for 15 years. After retiring, she volunteered at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital until she was 90 years old.
Long before that she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader. When that challenge wasn’t enough, she became the neighborhood chairman. It was in that role that she persuaded the Shorewood Village Board to “give” a building in Hubbard Park to the scouts and supply them with a furnace.
She never passed a baby without cooing at it or a dog without petting it. She was known for her expansive hugs and bright smiles and charmed the staff at the Lutheran Home where she spent her last weeks.
She is survived by her daughters Roberta Ganiere (Brian) and Debra as well as son Dale (Vicki Frey) and grandsons Preston (Erin Luterbach) and Nicholas (Sara Lehmann). Also her beloved brother Dale and many nieces and nephews.
Her family wishes to thank the staffs at Froedtert Hospital and the Lutheran Home for taking care of our firecracker.
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