Lois M. Howe, 86, of Brookside Avenue, Johnstown, died Friday morning, May 10, at the Mountain Valley Hospice House, Gloversville, with her family by her side.
She was born in Amsterdam on Sept. 3, 1926, a daughter of Clarence and Mary Heigel Cromer and was a 1944 graduate of Johnstown High School. Lois was a 1947 graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing in Amsterdam. She was a lifelong Johnstown resident.
Mrs. Howe was employed as a Registered Nurse and worked with the Fulton County Nursing Service in Johnstown for twenty years, retiring in 1986.
She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Johnstown. Lois was a member of St. Mary's School of Nursing Alumni Association.
She enjoyed crafts, reading and puzzles. Mostly, she loved spending time with her family and friends and sitting and relaxing by her swimming pool.
She was married to Forrest Howe on May 29, 1948. He died on February 14, 1995. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her two sisters, Madelyn Valachovic and Shirley Wilmot.
Survivors include: three daughters, Christine (Peter) Forest of Morgan Hill, Calif., Barbara (Paul) Glotzbecker of Gansevoort, and Marcia (Fred) Guzielek of Johnstown; grandchildren, Michelle Zambri, Tom (Karin) DeSimone, Mark (Julia) DeSimone, Marie Forest, Elizabeth Loucks, Michael (Brett) Glotzbecker, Ryan (Andrea) Glotzbecker, Melissa Glotzbecker, John (Camille) Glotzbecker, and Scott and Jim Guzielek; two great-granddaughters, Meghan Zambri and Lucy DeSimone; a great-great-grandson, Brayden Zambri; and several nieces and nephews. In addition, she will be missed by her beloved Chihuahua, Buddy, whom she adored.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 205 Glebe St., Johnstown, with the Rev. Donald Czelusniak officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street) Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, in care of the funeral home.