Lois F. Strickler, 94, of 178 Aldren Ave., formerly of Lakewood, NY, died Thursday, April 7, 2022 at her home.
She was born on July 29, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was the daughter of the late Murray and Hazel Alberts Fahnestock.
Lois graduated from Peabody High School in 1945. She attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949.
She began her career as an art teacher in Pittsburgh. She moved to Jamestown in 1954 where she continued her teaching career in the Panama and Jamestown school districts. After starting her family, she pursued her love of the arts by supply teaching in the Southwest Central School District and teaching art classes at the YWCA.
Lois has given much of her time to the community. His passion for the arts included his involvement with Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where Lois was a session elder, a Stephen minister, and participated in the Aging and Saging group.
Lois enjoyed ice skating, sailing, music, travel and tennis. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends at the Van Buren Bay summer cottage on Lake Erie.
Lois was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Kenneth W. Strickler, whom she married June 30, 1951 and died June 10, 2015; and one sister, Jean Fahnestock of Chicago, Illinois.
She is survived by one brother, James Fahnestock of Southampton, NY; one daughter, Jeannie A. Strickler of Jamestown; one son, Douglas W. (Jana) Strickler of Bowling Green, Ky.; two granddaughters: Kristina Jackson and Courtney (Josh) Vesely; three great-grandchildren: Cub, Phoenix and Rylynn all of Lincoln, Neb. ; and three nephews: Robert Jr., William and Richard Goehring.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be announced, with interment at Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Memorials may be made at Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., or First Presbyterian Church, 509 Prendergast Ave., both of Jamestown, NY 14701 or Falconer Public Library, 101 W. Main St., Falconer, NY 14733 or a charity of choice.
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