April 3, 1942 - December 21, 2017
Born in Oak Park, IL
Resided in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Lois was born in Oak Park, Illinois on April 3, 1942 and grew up in Chicago, where she went to nursing school at Presbyterian St. Luke’s. She met her loving husband of 52 years, Gail, while working at the hospital as a head nurse when he was a hospital administrator.
She continued her passion for caring for others by always being there to listen and offer love to her family, friends and so many people across the communities where she lived.
Lois worked tirelessly and offered her time, resources and insight to numerous organizations throughout her life. Her leadership skills, take-charge attitude and persistence resulted in successful fund-raising campaigns from school district bond levies to the founding of numerous charities from Chicago to Seattle to Detroit and Grosse Pointe.
Most recently, her commitment to and leadership of The Greening of Detroit, the Grosse Pointe Garden Club, Services for Older Citizens, the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education, The Detroit Historical Society, Moross Greenway Project and the Detroit Zoo had a significant and lasting impact in her community.
Lois (Lo) wasn’t shy and those whom she loved and who loved her most always knew where she stood. She provided guidance and advice (sometimes unsolicited but always wise) to most everyone who crossed her path. Her steadfast support, outgoing personality and compelling presence played a significant and recognizable part in her husband’s success over his long career.
She will be dearly missed by her loving husband Gail, her children Jay, Janna and Jena, her grandchildren Hannah, Sam and Molly, daughter-in-law Kristie, son-in-law Will, nephew Ken and so many other family members and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Roy and Dorothy Johnson, brother Ron, sister-in-law Marie, nephew Keith, in-laws Leroy and Juanita Warden, and her many family pets, most notably Prince, Rogue and Winnie.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 13 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) can be made in her name to Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (www.gpfpe.org) or Humane Society of the United States (www.humanesociety.org).
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Grosse Pointe Farms, MI US 48236