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Lois Jean Altz

April 2, 1931 — February 11, 2024


Lois Jean (O'Bryan) Altz, age 92, of Portage, MI, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2024. Born on April 2, 1931, in Austinville, VA., she was the beloved daughter of the late Howard C. O'Bryan and Ethel (Hundley) O'Bryan. Lois was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Simon Altz.

Lois leaves behind a legacy of love, education, and music. She is survived by her cherished daughter, Lisa Schuel (Terry Schuel); her grandchildren, Meghan McKillip, Matthew Becker (Lyndsey Becker), Samantha Johncock (Travis Johncock), and Ross Becker; and her great-grandchildren that she adored, Travis Becker, Nolyn and Hazel Becker, Cole Johncock, and Meghan’s children. 

After graduating high school in 1948, Lois embarked on a journey to St. Louis, MO, to attend music school, showcasing her independence and passion for music at a young age. When Lois returned to her hometown, she eventually married, and welcomed her daughter, Lisa, in 1955. Her educational journey continued in 1958 and she graduated from Radford College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. In 1978 she received a Master of Education degree in special education from George Washington University. Lois's dedication to teaching shone throughout her years of service, beginning in Austinville, and continuing in Fairfax County, where she left an indelible mark on her students.

Lois was a woman of remarkable talents and diverse interests, embodying the true essence of creativity and skill in everything she undertook. Her proficiency as a pianist was not merely a talent but a gift that she generously shared, enchanting family, friends, and the community. After years away from the keys, Lois reignited her passion for the piano, bringing joy and music to her assisted living facility, a testament to her enduring love for performance.

Lois's artistic talents did not end with music. She was an avid cook, gardener, quilter, and seamstress, each hobby a channel through which she expressed her love. Her grandchildren especially cherished their "Made with Love" gifts, each item infused with the comforting scent of Papa Si's pipe tobacco, a sensory reminder of her affection.

Lois's commitment to community and fellowship was evident through her active involvement in various organizations. She was a dedicated member of the Lydia Circle at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where she furthered her spiritual journey and was a long-standing member since 1978. Lois's faith and community involvement were pillars of her life. Her green thumb found its place among the Mt. Vernon House & Garden Club, while her quilting and sewing skills were put to good use with the Mt. Vernon Quilters. The Forestdale Lunch Bunch was yet another group where Lois shared laughter and camaraderie. In every aspect of her life, Lois exemplified a spirit of generosity, creativity, and community engagement, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

The love story of Lois and Si was truly one for the ages. Their paths first crossed in 1972, at a friend's wedding, a meeting that blossomed into an unforgettable evening spent in the vibrant heart of New York City. This exciting beginning set the stage for a lifetime of adventure together when they were married in June 1973. Together, Lois and Si embraced a shared passion for exploration and discovery, their love serving as the compass for their global travels. Each journey they embarked on was not just a trip to a new destination but an addition to the tapestry of memories they wove together. Lois often spoke of these travels as magical moments highlighting the joy and companionship that she and Si found in each other.

Lois's life was a symphony of love, education, and service. Her melody will resonate in the hearts of those who knew her, forever cherished, and deeply missed.

A memorial service to celebrate the remarkable life of Lois Jean Altz will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024, at 11:00 am, Aldersgate United Methodist Church. 1301 Collingwood Rd. Alexandria, VA 22308.


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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Friday, June 7, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

1301 Collingwood Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308

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