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Lois Fogg O’Hare passed away in her home on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Beloved wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend, she is survived by her nieces Kathleen Hurley of Belvidere, NJ, Mary Hurley of Flanders, NJ and Susan de Fazio of Manhass... Read More
Lois Fogg O’Hare passed away in her home on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Beloved wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend, she is survived by her nieces Kathleen Hurley of Belvidere, NJ, Mary Hurley of Flanders, NJ and Susan de Fazio of Manhasset, NY and nephews Patrick Hurley of Rockaway, NJ and James Hurley of Sparta, NJ.
Lois was born on November 3, 1926 and was raised by her late parents Joseph and Emily Cormier. Her younger sister and only sibling Dorothy was born in 1932 and the two girls were very close all their lives and spent a very happy childhood in Elmwood, CT. Lois was the Controller at Puritan Furniture Company in West Hartford, CT from 1948 until she retired in 2011 at the age of 85. Lois married Merle Fogg, an engineer and accomplished horseman and skier, in 1945. They moved to their home in Simsbury, CT in 1954 and together they built a house in Ludlow, VT, working only on weekends and vacations until it was complete. They spent many happy years traveling there to ski and entertain. Merle passed away in 1978 and Lois remained in their Simsbury home where she had befriended wildlife of all kinds, including chipmunks and birds who would eat out of her hands. Lois was active in St. Catherine Sienna Catholic Church and later in her life was a parishioner at the Church of St. Ann in Avon. She joined a photography club and traveled the world making many friends and taking beautiful photographs. She would do anything to help her family and friends. She was well known for her small stature, intelligence, sharp wit and many one liners that left the room in stitches. Although loved by all who knew her, she did not suffer fools gladly and was not afraid to speak her mind. At the age of 65 Lois fell in love all over again with Donald O’Hare after his wife’s death. They had been dating in high school but fell out of touch after Donald went off to college. However, he walked into her office at Puritan Furniture in 1993 and said, “Hey, you were supposed to marry me.” This led to a whirlwind romance and marriage and both brought great joy to each other’s lives for the 14 years of their marriage. They traveled to Alaska, Ireland, Paris and many other places and worked on an expansion of the Simsbury house. They traveled every year to Ogunquit Beach in Maine until Donald’s passing in 2007. After Donald’s death Lois focused on her gardens, friends and family and adopted her beloved cat Rosie, who was her constant companion. Lois’ strong spirit and her love, warmth and humor will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lois' name to Earthjustice at www.earthjustice.org or The Nature Conservancy at http://preserve.nature.org/
A Funeral procession will be Saturday, April 30, 2022 10:00am from the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. at St. Brigid Church, West Hartford. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday, April 29, 2022, from 4pm to 7pm at the Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com
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