Lois Engleman

Lois Engleman

Wednesday, May 31st, 1933 Thursday, December 24th, 2020

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Obituary for Lois Engleman (Matthews)

Lois Engleman, 87, passed away at The Huntington at Nashua, on December 24, 2020 surrounded by her 4 children. Lois grew up in Rockaway, NJ and was the devoted wife of John Engleman, who pre-deceased her. John and Lois shared 59+ wonderful years of marriage and raised their family in White Plains, NY. After retirement, they shared precious times at Cape Cod for 15 years.

Lois graduated from Middlebury College where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She also completed a year at Drew Theological School. Many years after starting their family, Lois worked in White Plains as a teacher’s aide for students with learning disabilities. She also worked part-time as a real estate agent for Nelson-Vrooman.

Lois had numerous interests including gardening, painting, tennis, bicycling, downhill and cross-country skiing and spending time with friends. She was devoted to God and raised as a Methodist. Lois taught Sunday school, enjoyed spiritual retreats, sacred dance, Bible study, and praying for others. Lois’ faith was central to her life.

She leaves her 4 children and their spouses; Karen and Ron Burger of NY, Susan and Richard Schubert of MA, Linda and Al Hamel of NH and David Engleman of NY; 4 grandchildren, Cooper Hamel, Kimberly, Amy and Brian Schubert; her brother’s wife, Jeanne Matthews; her nieces and nephews Marcia Edgar, Clifford Matthews, Mike, Bob and Lynne Doble; and cousins including Marjorie Ewing, Edith Engleman, Barbara Donohue, Tom Engleman, Scott and Beth Brodley.

SERVICES: A virtual celebration of life will be held for family and friends on February 6, 2021 at 5 pm EST. Memorial donations to The Huntington at Nashua’s Employee Scholarship Fund, Osterville (MA) United Methodist Church or Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, NY. For donation addresses, or additional information, please contact

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Wayne Stuetz sent flowers to the family of Lois Engleman (Matthews).
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Wayne Stuetz sent flowers to the family of Lois Engleman (Matthews).
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Wendy Lithwin

I was sorry to hear about Lois’s passing. Jack and Lois were special members of our congregation in Osterville. Music was very important to both of them. I sang in a praise band at the church and Lois wrote a song and asked us to sing it. It was the the time of Eidelweiss and was called Beloved Gardener. I have attached a photo of the song. Please excuse the chord above the words. I hope you can see it. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wendy Lithwin
Comment | Posted at 05:07pm via Condolence

Linda Hamel

Thank you for sharing Wendy! I know they loved Osterville Methodist Church! -Linda, their daughter
Posted at 12:03pm

Mark Grote

So sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you Dave.
Comment | Posted at 08:52am via Condolence

Wayne Stuetz

I hope theses flowers are purple. I remember Mrs. Engleman having some of the biggest and most beautiful African violets in her home. Love/Hugs Wayne
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Wayne Stuetz purchased flowers for the family of Lois Engleman.
Comment | Posted at 06:17pm via Floral Arrangements

Linda Hamel

Thank you so much Wayne, they are beautiful, so much purple like you requested. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated! -Linda
Posted at 12:04pm

Ginny Fay

Lois was a lovely Hyannis neighbor of mine. We shared fun times at our book club. Lois contributed insightful and thoughtful comments on our reading.
She was always exceptionaltely kind and compassionate
.I also enjoyed attending her husband Jack's chorales and our association bike rides exploring Cape Cod.
We miss them both. Ginny and Lynn Fay
Comment | Posted at 11:21am via Condolence

Linda Hamel

Thank you for sharing Ginny and Lynn, both of our parents loved their Cape neighbors. I know my Mom loved reading and the book club discussions. Thank you again! -Linda, daughter
Posted at 12:05pm

Julia Ransom

Lois, always Mrs. Engleman to me, was like another mother to me, in many ways. Her house, just next door on a dead-end street at the top of a magical rolling hill, was nearly always open to me, if not always. My best friend in all the world, her third child Linda, would invite me to everything and we would play for countless hours in and around her house and mine all year long. I went to church on Sundays with the Englemans for years and years. She was always gentle, loving and kind to me. She seemed to have a keen interest in my development as a good human being. I shall never forget her wise, giving nature, nor her quiet, spiritual guidance, nor her total coolness as a human being. I could not have been luckier to have lived next to Lois and Jack and their fully spirited, spiritual brood. May God keep her and Jack always and may all their good deeds go down in the history of the heart up there.
Comment | Posted at 06:00pm via Condolence

Linda Hamel

So beautiful, thank you for sharing this Julia!
Posted at 12:06pm

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