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Saturday February 9, 2013

Lois B. Wadge
August 18, 1923- February 2, 2013
It is with sad hearts that we say goodbye to a daughter, aunt, great aunt, great great aunt, sister, sister- in-law and friend. Lois B. Wadge passed away peacefully in Toronto at Seven Oaks Long Term Care on
February 2, 2013. Born in Roland, Manitoba on the family farm, she was the youngest of five children born to Olive Pearl Luke and Thomas Edgar Wadge who moved to Manitoba from Raglan and Epsom, Ontario to start farming and a family. Life was good in rural Roland and at 18 years old, Lois became a teacher in a one room schoolhouse teaching grades 1 through 8. In the evenings, she continued to educate herself by enrolling in a business and typing course which was the beginning of her long and successful business career. She left Manitoba during WW2 to join her sister Doris and brother Ray in Ottawa where they worked with the Canadian Forces. In the early 1950's, Lois moved with her sister and brother to Toronto to live and work for the remainder of her life. While Toronto was her home, Lois made the world her playground. Throughout her life, she traveled to Africa, Australia, Egypt, China, and Spain and all countries and oceans in between. She was the envy of family and friends for the wonderful experiences she sought and embraced. Her travels with friends such as Isabel, Jean and others made her very happy and enriched her life. Lois, Isa and Isabel were the 3 Musketeers and close friends at the end of the hall on Redpath Ave.After retirement, Lois volunteered at Roy Thomson Hall for 20 years with her friend Jean and continued to travel into her 80's.She led a very active life, golfing, curling, bowling and walking more often than not. During her life and ours, she was a wonderful, kind and generous aunt to 3 generations of nieces and nephews. She and her sister Doris enjoyed a close and loving life as friends and sisters and travelled North America together. Their numerous daily phone calls to hash out Canadian and U.S. political issues were legendary, although they both loved Bill Clinton so there was no debate there! Lois is predeceased by her brothers Ray and George and her sisters Beth and Doris, sister-in -law Muriel, brother -in -law Lloyd and niece Wendy. It has been very difficult for Lois since she lost Doris in 2006.She relished her life working at the Globe and Mail Newspaper in Toronto for 30 years or more and cherished her friends there and the experiences she was a part of. Her time at the Globe more than rounded out her exceptional life. She loved her family, her friends and her life. She was an organized, methodical, hard working, kind and ethical person in all respects. She dressed to the nines and was every bit the classy lady she appeared to be. She is survived by sister-in- law Margaret , nieces Cheryl, Kathy , Gay (Bill), nephew Keith , great nieces Tiffany (Brian), Sheri (Dave), and Amanda , great nephews Greg and Matthew , and Luke, great great nieces Kelsey and Sarah , and Scarlett , and great great nephew Jack .Lois put great value in her life, her friendships, her family and her job. She lived her life with integrity, humour and common human decency. Many thanks to her close friends for their constant compassion and concern for her welfare. And thanks to her cousins Jean Holtby and Helen Foulkes for keeping the family tree alive. As per her wishes there will be no funeral but a family memorial and interment will take place in the spring at Bethel Cemetery in Greenbank, Ontario alongside Doris, Wendy and Lloyd. We will love and miss you Auntie Lois forever and a day. Our lives were richer because of you.

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