Eulogy for Lois Wood. written by Libby Wood Kutner
Mom had a long life, 88 years! She was always amazed at how old she was, never believing that she would be here that long, especially since she lost her Mom at such an early age.
She was born in Brooklyn, and loved to talk about that beloved place. She loved to go to Prospect Park with her father and feed the birds. She was definitely “daddy’s little girl”, and did a lot of things with him. She also loved to dance as a child and she talked about how her downstairs neighbors would get annoyed because she was tap dancing on their ceiling. During high school she enjoyed going roller skating every Friday night, and she was a really good skater according to her best friend Gerry.
She married her husband John on January 23rd 1954 when she was 21 years old. They stayed in Brooklyn and raised their first two babies there until they decided to move to New Jersey, but she always loved Brooklyn and thought of it the way it used to be.
Gary was her first baby and was a beautiful boy who she said everyone always commented how pretty he was. Her second baby, a few years later, was Audrey and she was so happy to have a little girl. And I’m sure she was thrilled that Audrey loved to dance and sing. Johnny was a surprise baby in 1964 and helped to fill all the bedrooms in their house. But Johnny needed a little playmate, so along came me (Libby) the following year. And you all know, naturally, that I (Libby) was the favorite child, because I was the baby. Her “little bit”. Of course that changed in later years when Johnny became her favorite and he took wonderful care of her.
Mom loved being an old-fashioned Homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, especially at the holidays when she loved to use her “fancy china” . I remembered she enjoyed doing needlework, sewing, and knitting. And of course she always loved cats. At most times we had four of them in our house.
She lost her husband at much too young an age. When I look back now, I’m amazed at how strong she was and how she took care of the house and everything pretty much on her own, with help from Johnny.
Mom was thrilled when she became a Grandma. She took such joy in babysitting Katie, and she always had a special spot in her heart for her. In future years she had more grandchildren- 5 in total, and then much later she was blessed with 3 great-grandchildren.
Her final years were rough on her and everyone who knew her, and not how she would ever have dreamed. She didn’t deserve what she went through, but now she is at peace and free.