Lois C. Isaacson
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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.
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March 6, 2015
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.

Joanne Tishon
Joanne Tishon
June 28, 2014
Traveling with Lois was always a delight, and I was fortunate to have made many CHS trips with her. Lois's sparkling personality made every trip special. My condolences to the Issacson family. May she rest in peace.
Arline Jacques
June 8, 2014
We will miss her engaging smile and warm heart. May her memory be for a blessing! Robin and Rafi Santiago
Robin Santiago
June 7, 2014
Lois was a vital,vibrant and caring neighbor. She was always welcoming and gracious. It was my pleasure to live next door and my entire family sends love and condolenes. Marc Abrahms
June 6, 2014
Lois will be missed by so many. She was such a vibrant woman, so full of love. Our deepest condolences.

Love, Linda and John O'Neill
Linda O'Neill
June 6, 2014
Dear Amy, Rob and family,
We light a candle and plant. Beautiful tree in our hearts to commemorate your mom's amazing and full life and all that she is to be remembered for.we love you and send our deepest of sympathies. May you heal knowing she is now at great peace. Our thoughts are with you, Lynn and Bob
Lynn Huguet
June 6, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss.
Bob Coates
Robert Coates
June 5, 2014
Lois is family. Herb, my cousin, and Lois go back so very many years, it's hard to count. Her smile, her energy and boundless kindness to me and to so many can never be replaced.
David & Barbara Isaacson
June 5, 2014
I somehow suspect that Lois is simply doing the advance work and will running tours and gardening in the afterlife
June 5, 2014
Our dear Lois has left on a new journey, and we are blessed with many cherished memories of very special times with her.
Nancy and Gary Johnson
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