Lois Grauerholz, age 86 of Lewiston, died Monday, March 24, 2014, in Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, after a brief illness.
She was born March 1, 1928, in Vona, Colo., the daughter of the late Earl and Adirene (Seaman) Henry. A lifelong educator, Lois received her bachelor's degree in teaching and her master's degree in botany from the University of North Colorado. She had taught school in Colorado and Wisconsin before moving here in 1970. Lois received her master's degree in reading from the University at Buffalo and was a reading teacher for the Niagara Falls School District from 1971 until her retirement in 1991. While at Niagara Street School, she was affectionately known as the "Dairy Queen."
She was a member of the United Baptist Christian Church in Lewiston, the St. Francis Guild at Mount St. Mary's Hospital (volunteering at the gift shop), and the Niagara Women's Club. Lois and her husband also volunteered at the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara. She loved her pet cats and playing bridge.
Lois is survived by her husband, Norman L. Grauerholz, whom she married Sept. 3, 1955; her daughters, Margaret M. Grauerholz of Batavia, Sheila K. (John) Beers of Clarksville, Tenn., and Sharon R. (Bruce) Campbell of Greenbrier, Tenn.; and two sisters, Alma (Ron) Hutton of Burlington, Colo., and Norma (Robert) Pickerill of Centennial, Colo. She was predeceased by two brothers, Ralph and Roy Henry.
Visitation took place at Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets, Lewiston, Thursday. Funeral services were held Friday in United Baptist Christian Church, 4800 Creek Road, Lewiston, with the Rev. Bette Bond officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the United Baptist Christian Church, 4800 Creek Road, Lewiston, NY 14092, or to Niagara County SPCA, 2100 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304.
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