Lois Moynihan Maxian
Lois Moynihan Maxian, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York. Lois was born on August 10, 1928, in Johnstown, New York, and grew up in Fonda, graduating from Fonda School in 1946. She was predeceased by her father, Cornelius (Coach) Moynihan; her mother, Irene LaFramboise Moynihan; her brother, Cornelius (Connie) Moynihan III; and her sister, Marguerite (Peggy) Taft.
Mrs. Maxian graduated from Plattsburgh College in 1950, with a degree in home economics. She taught home economics for many years at Estee Middle School in Gloversville, New York. Lois met the love of her life, Richard H. Maxian, and they were married in 1950. They built a life together along with their children and their “extended” family; they loved to entertain at their Johnstown home, and their home was an anchor in the neighborhood for their numerous friends and family. Lois played in a golf league, was an active member of the Gloversville Retired Teachers Association, and she loved to travel, but she was most interested in the people around her.
Lois was predeceased by her son, Richard H. Maxian Jr., who died in 2016. She is survived by her daughters, Connie Johnson and Carol Dillon (Tom) Pollard; and grandchildren, Sarah (Bernard) Bush, Amy (Paul) Questel, Laura Dillon, Justine Maxian, Victoria Maxian, Adrian Johnson, Matthew (Tori) Johnson, and Ashley Johnson; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Lois was a beautiful soul whose joy and spirit lit up every room she entered. She opened her home to everyone and was truly beloved by all who knew her. She will be remembered by all whose lives she has touched from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019, at Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Street, Johnstown, New York. There will be a funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church, 205 Glebe Street, Johnstown, New York. A party to celebrate her life will be held directly after the mass, location to be announced.
Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Johnstown in the spring.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.barterdonnan.com.