LOIS S. WILLIAMS VALPARAISO, IN
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Lois S. Williams, age 85, of Valparaiso, formerly of Stonington and Chester, CT, died on July 7, 2013. She was born July 17, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to Everett and Helen Blake St. John. A longtime teacher, Lois taught mathematics from the elementary to college levels, including advancement math courses to sailors at the U.S. Submarine Base in Groton, CT. Many described Lois as the loveliest person they knew. One adult student wrote her to express "my profound thanks for the patience and kindness you exhibited while I was under your tutelage." A 5th grader called her her best teacher, ending her letter, "P.S. I'm not kidding. You were the best teacher I ever had." Lois was valedictorian of the Staples High School class of 1944 in Westport, CT. She received a B.A. in mathematics with honors from Smith College in 1948 and earned a masters in teaching from Connecticut College in 1968. After college, she worked at First Boston investment bank in New York. On June 20, 1953 in Westport, she married Edwin E. Williams. For almost 20 years she lived the line "Navy wife: the toughest job in the Navy," managing three kids, multiple moves and sojourns in California, Florida, Virginia, and Connecticut. "LoLo" was known for the personalized Christmas stockings and Icelandic sweaters she knit. She enjoyed opera, musical theater, doing crosswords and other puzzles, reading mysteries and adoring her succession of seven Boston Terriers. She was a prolific writer of multiple carbon-copy letters to family across the country and around the world. Lois and Ed enjoyed travels to England, Morocco, Japan, Italy and Canada, as well as to friend, family and reunion gatherings across the U.S. And any excuse to visit the grandkids! Lois was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Seth Williams; stepmother, Mary Page St. John; and siblings: Mary Lyman St. John, Anne Wilbor Lunghino, and Thomas W. Wilbor Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Sybil Williams of Brookline, MA; son, Brian Williams of Valparaiso; daughters- in-law: Yukiko Takahashi of Yokosuka, Japan and Mary Kennedy of Valparaiso; grandchildren: Hayley and Peter; and extended family. Donations may be made in her name to
. A memorial service for Lois and Ed will be held at a later time. Their ashes will be buried in Dover, MA. MoellerFuneralHome.com
Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road Valparaiso, IN 46383
Published in The Times on July 14, 2013