My Deepest Sympathy to the Isaacson family,
I enjoyed all the trips I took with Lois for CHS. She made the trips enjoyable and memorable. I was sorry to hear the news of her passing.
Lois (Yasler) Isaacson, born December 12, 1942, of West Hartford, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Born in Danbury, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Florence (Reiner) Yasler. The world has lost one of the good people. Lois was an outgoing and adventurous soul. In high school she traveled to Europe with her Girl Scout troop, visiting several countries and forming lifelong friendships along the way. Upon graduating from Danbury High School, she attended the University of Connecticut where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She taught at the Tootin' Hills School in Simsbury. While she enjoyed teaching, her entrepreneurial spirit was restless, and after working at the Travelers as well as a few other places, she founded Friendship Tours in 1977. Lois created a company based on the principle of bringing joy to people who traveled with her; she had the gift of making people she had just met, feel like family. The name Friendship Tours was chosen with this in mind. Lois had a zest for life and never shied away from a new adventure. Whether traveling throughout the United States, Asia, or the Amazonian rainforest, whether riding an elephant, gathering with friends, or celebrating family occasions, Lois made everything fulfilling for those involved. Her irrepressible and contagious spirit brightened the lives of all those who knew her. Her love for gardening led her to become a longtime member of the Connecticut Horticultural Society. As Travel Chairman for over 20 years, she planned many unique travel programs, gaining access to private gardens throughout the world. She also was a member of Beth El Temple of West Hartford and a Life Member of Hadassah. She enjoyed the arts and regularly attended The Hartford Stage Company and Theatreworks as well as many museums. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Lois leaves her husband, Herbert G. Isaacson; her children, Benjamin A. Isaacson and his wife Laurie with their children, Ryan, Stephanie, and Tyler Williams of Avon, Brett S. Isaacson and his fiancee Heidi Wheeler of Bloomfield, and Amy Isaacson Schoen and her husband Robert with their children, William and Hannah Schoen of West Hartford. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 6, 2014 in the Sanctuary of Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., West Hartford with Rabbi James Rosen officiating. Interment will follow in Beth El Temple Cemetery, Jackson St. Ext., Avon. Following the interment the family will receive relatives and friends at Beth El Temple. Shiva will continue on Sunday at their home, 1906 Albany Ave., West Hartford with evening services at 7:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117 or to the Connecticut Horticultural Society, 2433 Main Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Lois, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com/funerals.cfm
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Published in Hartford Courant on Jun. 5, 2014.