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Lois Lane Hldonen passed away peacefully at The Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Lois was born on December 16, 1927, to Mary Rose (Costa) Lane and Howard “Bill” Lane, in their home overlooking the Mill River where she spent her childhood days swimming off “clam alley” or lobstering and blue fin tuna fishing off her dad’s lobster boat. Lois graduated from Gloucester High School and trained as a dental hygienist for Dr. Taylor on Middle Street for many years. Residing on Apple Street in Essex from 1965 until 1990, Lois worked hard at the family IGA in Rockport as office manager alongside her husband, her son “JR” and his three sons, Chris, Corey and Shawn. Throughout the years, Lois and Ken traveled all over the world and had very special life-long friends Lillian and Bucky Rodgers, Sr. who they enjoyed attending big band concerts with and loved dearly. After selling the IGA to JR in 1990, they moved to Marco Island, Florida, and returned back home in 2001, residing at Cable Gardens in Ipswich until this December when Lois moved to Masconomet Healthcare Center (nursing home) in Topsfield. Lois is survived by her daughter, Karen Doyle-Tibbetts and her husband Vincent, and her son Kenneth Hildonen, Jr., and his wife, Jaynee. Her wonderful grandchildren, Lea Doyle, Tarzah Doyle-Archer, Lawrence Doyle Jr., Christopher Hildonen, Corey Hildonen and Shawn Hildonen and her 13 great-grandchildren, all of which she was able to meet before she left us along with many very special nieces and nephews. Lois had no doubt about how much she was loved. Lois was predeceased by her two very special sisters, Faye Barrett and Muriel Allen and her brother Kenneth Lane. Lois was a hard working American and patriotism was very important to her. Lois’ two children were dedicated totally to her “independent” life style and strong will to survive many health challenges over the years. The family is indebted to the kind personnel at the Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield, and the amazing nurses at “Care Dimensions” Hospice Care who made the last few months of Lois’ life comfortable and loving. Special thanks to Reverend Robert M. J. Hagopian and Patty.
Her service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester, on Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery in Lanesville. Donations can be made to: Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 31, 2017
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