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WALSHE, Lois Elyn - Passed away peacefully on December 21, 2016 at the age of 82 at Allendale Long Term Care Residence in Milton, Ontario. Lois was born on September 16, 1934 to Justice R.S.E. Walshe and Stella Grace Walshe (nee Skrapec). Her older brother Robert (Bob) predeceased Lois in 2011. She is survived by her sister-in-law Giovanna Piera Combi (Giampi), who resides in Paris, France. Lois was born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan and grew up in Nipawin, SK. She received her Bachelors of Arts and Education at the University of SK. She moved to Milton, ON in 1959 having accepted position to teach French at Milton High School on Martin Street. In 1968, she was appointed Head of Communications. In 1970, she received a Master's Degree in French Literature from U of T. She went to Metz, France for two years to teach at the Canadian Defense's French High School and visited many European cities during this time. She returned to Milton District High School, where she remained as Head of the French Department until her retirement in 1991. Lois served as Chair of the Language Teachers' Council for many years, was a member of the Milton Choristers, the Canadian Federation of University Women and after retirement served on the Executive of the Milton Seniors' Activity Centre. She loved to travel and went on many school trips with the students of MDH. Of the many trips that she had the opportunity to take, her visit to the Holy Land and Greece in 1996 meant a great deal to her as did her trips to Guatemala and Prince Edward Island. She also made trips to France, Italy and England to visit with her extended family. Lois learned to play the piano at a very young age and became an accomplished pianist. She was very involved in MDHS's musical productions during her teaching career as well as being the pianist and Director of the Senior Choir at Holy Rosary Parish. With her piano in her room during her residence in Allendale, Lois continued to play for many years and enjoyed her Music Therapy sessions and having others visit and play for her. If she was not playing the piano, her room would always be filled with the sound of music from her vast music collection. Lois touched many lives during her prestigious teaching career and continued to do so until her passing. She will be missed by everyone at Allendale, especially the dedicated staff of Sykes House, many of whom have been with Lois for the better part of her 14 years in residence. In her battle with degenerative dementia, the staff experienced many stages of the disease that an individual goes through but knew her well enough to reach her through her love of music, song and her sense of humour. Lois will be greatly missed by her friend Brenda and her life-long friend from Nipawin SK, Anne Bode, who continued to stay in contact with her through Brenda, as did her sister-in-law Giampi and extended family members Stefano, Arthur and Shirley. She will also be missed by her caregivers who were truly Lois' "angels on earth" and who have been by her side over the past 14 years: Betty Ann, Luba, Ann, Margaret, Lucy, Dwani and Hetal, as well as her Music Therapists Sommer, Sara and Taelor. Each of these special people became Lois' immediate family and Lois was regarded as part of their families as well. They made sure that Lois made the most of every day. Most importantly, they gave her the companionship that calmed her and were there with her at the end to let her know that they loved her and wished her a safe journey home to her Heavenly Father and a reunion with her Father, Mother and brother Bob. A funeral mass will be celebrated at HOLY ROSARY CHURCH, 139 Martin St., Milton on Friday January 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Lois' memory to a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence may be left online at HREF="http://www.earlyfuneralhome.com">www.earlyfuneralhome.com
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