“They were important to me growing up and I like to think that maybe I became important to them as they grew old.” After years of being a stay at home mom, Lois was the food service director at the Scandinavian Living Center in West Newton where she enjoyed planning the meals but took even greater pleasure in the interactions she had with the residents. Lois is warm, calm, and proudly claims her Swedish heritage. She is also a food, Calumet and NCIS lover, gardener, traveler, cook, loyal friend, and describes her life as “uninteresting but blessed!” She is the mother of three and a proud grandmother of seven truth-tellers who often remind her that she is “old and funny.” The theme of family is woven throughout Lois’ life as she considers her mother her inspiration and role-model for hospitality, as she continues to live in the house her grandfather built, and where she finds joy. She considers St. Paul her second family and hopes that it will continue to grow and reach out to the community. Forgiveness has played a prominent role in her faith life, not only in identifying with a God “who is always there for you,” but also allowing her to let go and get on after a difficult divorce where she was surrounded by a group of supportive friends, family, and church community. You will often find Lois at the 8:30 service and she would be delighted to have you over for tea and treats any day!
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