Lois J. Weisensel (Howell, Brown) passed away January 1, 2021, in Normal, Il. Lois was born in Rochester, NY, on November 10, 1925, to Iva and Roy S. Howell. She married Loren Brown, in 1943.
Lois shared her creativity with her three daughters, enthusiastically trying to make projects better and more meaningful. After her girls were grown, she began creating miniature porcelain dolls and room scenes. She was renowned in the Rochester area for her porcelain bisque miniature dolls dressed in Victorian clothing she made with antique lace. Lois and Loren created a miniature photography studio with photographer and framed photos depicting her grandfather's 1918 Ontario, NY studio and general store. Her dolls and room scenes were featured in artisan magazines. She was a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans.
After Loren's death in 1983 from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Lois married George J. Weisensel in 1984 and lived on Long Pond for many years, entertaining family and friends on their pontoon boat. They traveled to doll shows adding George's miniature boats and other props. In 1992, she created a Victorian doll with leather camera case made by George for Kodak's display at the grand opening of Euro Disney.
After George passed in 2009, Lois moved to Illinois to be near her daughters and their families.
Lois is also predeceased by her daughter, Lorraine Klem. She is survived by daughters, Carol (Thomas) Schiebel (Normal, Il), Janice (Charles) Wilkinson (Elgin, TX), and son-in-law Thomas Klem (Stanley, NC), step-children George C. (Beverly) Weisensel (Rochester, NY), and Kathryn (Rev. Dr. Michael J.) Magwire (Chantilly, VA); grandchildren Kyle, Kirk, Scott, Kevin, Daniel, Nicholas, Samantha, Gretchen, Chad, Heather, Jonathan, Meredith, and Janine, and 18 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way, along with sorority sisters and dear friends. A celebration of her life will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at Pine Hill Cemetery in Rush, NY. The family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and caregivers in the Legacy unit at Heritage Health in Normal, IL. Contributions in her memory may be made to The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, 135 Old Cove Road, Suite 213, Liverpool, NY 13090
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