On Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, Lois Engel, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at Season Hospice in Rochester, at the age of 96. Lois was born on March 4, 1923, to Louis Kepp and Emma Becker. She is now with Everett celebrating their 79th Anniversary. Lois grew up and lived in Rochester most of her life. On Oct. 27, 1940, she married Everett Engel.
She is survived by her son, Gary (Carole) Engel; two grandkids, Wendy (Greg) Mercil and Jeff Engel; five great-grandkids, Megan, Andrea, Sam, Rachel and Sara; and one great-great-grandson, Wesley. She is preceded in death by her husband, Everett, and siblings, Donald Kepp, Margaret Cosgrove and Wesley Kepp. Her late husband, Everett, passed many years ago. They lived a wonderful life together. Living in Hawaii and summering in Minnesota. (Kind of the opposite of most of us here).
Lois worked hard managing the children's wear department at Silliman's in downtown Rochester. She went on to work at Stevenson's in the lady's wear department. Both places were right next to the Green Parrot, which is where she took her grandchildren for cinnamon rolls.
When Everett passed, Lois stood steadfast and changed her life perfectly. She got her driver's license and started to love the world. She never met another man because her love for Everett was so strong. It was to the day she left us. And she didn't need anyone anyhow, family was enough. After Everett passed, Lois sold the place in Hawaii and moved back to Rochester in 1986.
She traveled with her sister-in-law, Delores, to Ireland, Russia, China and Branson. Branson was her favorite place to enjoy, along with Daniel O'Donnell. She and Dee would load onto a bus and head down. Can't even imagine the conversations. I am sure it was like a couple of 16-year olds. Lois are you bringing this, then I don't have to. Dee what about that? should I worry about it...
Lois's love had no boundaries. She was fortunate enough to enjoy five generations of her DNA through her great-great-grandson, Wesley. Not many folks get to have that much love. Lois had more than enough to give.
She will always be in our hearts.
There will be a memorial for Lois at 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home with visitation starting at 10 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service at Ranfranz and Vine Remembrance and Reception Centre.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Engel family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.