GOUVERNEUR- Lois S. Strate, age 90, of Gouverneur, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at her home under Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.
As per Lois' request, there will be no calling hours or funeral. Burial at East Riverside Cemetery will be at a later date. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Lois was born on December 7, 1926 in Gouverneur, NY to the late Charles and Bertha (Gladle) Dane. She went to rural area schools and then attended Gouverneur High School. Lois married Malcomb "Shorty" Strate on July 12, 1945 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gouverneur. Shorty passed away on March 18, 1992.
Lois worked in the cafeteria of the Gouverneur Central School for 27 years, retiring at the age of 73. While working at the school, she also did various jobs at the Gouverneur Tribune Press for 23 years. She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing and working on crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed going on Sunday rides with her son Randy and the dogs, Lady, Annie and Maggie.
Surviving are three sons, Terry Strate of Washington, Larry Strate of Buffalo and Randy Strate of Gouverneur; two daughters, Susan Cryderman of Virginia and Laura and Robert Hughes of Gouverneur; a brother, John Dane of Rochester and eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Lois is predeceased by her parents, her husband, three daughters, Shirley Mitchell, Dianna Bowhall and Kathy Goodison; a brother, Jimmy Dane: a sister, Francis Downing and a great granddaughter, Bryonna Given.
Donations may be made in Lois' memory to St. Lawrence Valley Hospice, 6805 US Hwy. 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.