12/3/36 – 12/25/12
If you didn’t know Lois, you really missed out. She was a loving, compassionate, spiritual, fun-loving person; a woman who faced tragedy and serious illness with more courage and resilience than many of us could ever muster. She was a treasure to all who knew her.
The fourth of five children, Lois Ann (Hoffman) Curry was born on Dec. 3, 1936, to Clarence and Irene (Bredael) Hoffman, in Two Rivers, Wis. At the young age of 13, she chose to enter the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes, an apostolic teaching/ nursing convent community, located in Fond du Lac, Wis. She always cherished and kept connected to the many lifelong friends she gained from that experience.
As Sister Antholine, and then as a lay person, Lois received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Marian College in Fond du Lac. She spent an amazing 45 years as a teacher, and often as principal, in elementary schools in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and New Mexico. Lois had fond memories of those years, and could regale us with delightful stories for hours. She was most appreciative of the distinguished service award she received while teaching in New Mexico.
After leaving the convent in the early 1970s, Lois married her soulmate George Rodgers Curry, on June 25, 1977, in Green Bay, Wis. They reared their son Ian, and remained married for 22 years, until George passed in 1999.
Lois enjoyed traveling, whether it was driving cross-country with Ian from Roswell for a visit “back home” to Wisconsin, or hopping a boat on the Yangtze River in China; or whether it was flying to Samoa with a friend, or exploring a dirt road to wherever near Santa Fe. She loved to sew, read and play Scrabble. She really came alive while on the negotiating team for the Roswell school district.
Lois is survived by her son Ian George Curry, grandson Rowan Clarence Curry, and Rowan’s mother Bridget Cleary, all of Albuquerque; a step-daughter Kasey Curry (David) Baker, and their children, Tristan, Marc and Jalen, Sacramento, Calif. Surviving siblings are Robert Hoffman, Manitowoc, Wis.; Donald (Barbara) Hoffmann, Cedarburg, Wis.; Kathleen Hoffman Grall, Manitowoc; and Michael Hoffman (Carrol Townsend), Sarasota, Fla. Lois is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
In one of her journals, she wrote, “In 2002, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, then in 2006, bone cancer. I was given two years to live, and here I am, still kicking in 2012.” Lois stated later, “My utmost thanks go to the legions of people who helped me on my last journey.” Many friends volunteered, making meals, cleaning, taking her to clinic appointments, on vacations, changing dressings, and offering many other precious gifts of service. She loved bringing people together. “It invigorates me to see my family and friends meeting each other.”
Recently, in her last months, Lois commented, “I have led a most beautiful life.” Now it is time for her crossover journey to meet her Lord, and loved ones who have gone on before her. Bon Voyage to a loving mom and Gramma Goat, cherished sister and auntie, and dear, dear friend.
The family is being served by the Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 9:10 a.m., followed with a memorial Mass at 9:30 a.m, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Assumption Catholic Church.
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Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.