Lois Ryder

Lois Irene Ryder

1932 - 2012 MONTEREY Lois Ryder-wife, mother, volunteer, artist-died at home on November 6, 2012, after a year and a half ordeal with cancer.

She was born on December 5, 1932, to George and Marion Kisselbrock, Sr. and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Following her marriage to John "Jack" Ryder in 1952, they designed and built their home together, from the ground up, in Monterey.

As her five children were growing up, she volunteered as a Brownie, then Girl Scout leader, a den mother and Cub Scout Leader as well as a 4-H Leader. She was the consummate homemaker who loved to bake, sew, and knit. Her passion was art, and scratchboard was her favorite medium. Awards from local competitions were many and she was recognized as an outstanding artist in the National Parks competitions and various national miniature societies. She taught art classes, was published in magazines and books, and was a signature member in the Copley Society of Boston, an active member of the Housatonic Valley Art League and Kent Art Association and a member of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. as well as a past President of the Monterey Cultural Council.

Those who knew her well relied on her calming presence, strong sense of right, get-up-and-go attitude and organizational skills.

She leaves behind her husband, John, and five children-Sharon Ordeman, Karen Consolati, Charlene Keilty, Shawn Ryder and Scott Ryder-along with their spouses and significant others, four grandchildren-Ben, Austin, Darren and Evan--and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, George, Jr. and Donald Kisselbrock.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington, conducted by Rev. Charles VanAusdall. Burial will follow at Corashire Cemetery, Blue Hill Road, Monterey.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home in Great Barrington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, who is caring for the arrangements. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 10, 2012