Lois Wirz, 91, died peacefully while on Hospice at the Jerome Home in New Britain, CT on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.
She was born Lois Jean Pape on December 5, 1919 to Henry and Emma Pape of Floral Park, NY. After graduating from Sewanhaka High School in 1937, she attended Brown's Business School. She worked at Nabisco Headquarters in New York City for 10 years in sales and advertising. She married William F. Wirz on December 1, 1945. They lived on Long Island until October of 1955. They moved to Cold Spring where they lived for 42 years before retiring to Carlisle, PA.
Lois was never one who could sit quietly. She loved life, her family and her church. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown where she had been an elder, a deacon and elected Clerk of Session. She felt it was an honor to be elected to this position and a priviledge to serve as a Commissioner to the Presbytery. Lois was also a Sunday school teacher, choir member, comoderator for Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Hudson River and served on the Philipstown Concerts Committee.
Her community involvement was with the Haldane PTA, the Highland Garden Club and Girl Scouts. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, a Neighborhood and District Chairman and camp counselor at Camp Ludington.
She was pre-deceased by her husband Bill in 2003, her brother Henry Pape and sister-in-law Edna, and soninlaw William Duncan. She is survived and will be missed by her daughter Jean Duncan, son William Wirz and daughterinlaw Diane. Grandchildren Jennifer Duncan, Alison Duncan Vandergrift and husband Charley, William Duncan and wife Emily, Eric Wirz and wife Krista, Brian Wirz and wife Brandi. Great-granddaughters Ryan Day Duncan and Lilah Rose Wirz. Nephew Ronald Pape and wife Nance and their children and grandchildren.
Donations can be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown, 10 Academy Street, Cold Spring, NY. A memorial service will be held there on Saturday, May 7, 2011.