Lois Dyer of Maine Township, Coal City, Illinois, died peacefully at the family home on her 86th birthday, March 21, 2023.
Born March 21, 1937, Lois Jean was a daughter of Leonard and Naomi (Rentz) Francois. She was raised in Coal City, and graduated from Coal City High School with the Class of 1955. On March 15, 1958, Lois married Ronald Dyer in Coal City, and together they made a home and raised a family.
Lois worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company, and over the years held positions in both the Joliet and Aurora offices. She was the founder of C.O.P.E. Animal Rescue, which encompassed her lifelong deep passion for animals, their care, and their rights. Furthermore, Lois was proud to have been a Certified License Animal Investigator with the State of Illinois. In addition to her love of animals, Lois enjoyed being athletic, and took pleasure in drawing and painting.
Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character. In Lois’ heart, all were welcome, safe and nurtured. Gone from our sight, Lois leaves behind a legacy of living by example. She showed how to live wholeheartedly devoted to nurturing love and hope, and her memory will continue to live in those who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her children: Rhonda (Wayne) Wolfe and David (Laurie) Dyer, both of Coal City; two grandchildren: Taryn Sanders of New Lenox and Kaitlyn Dyer of Coal City; sisters-in-law: Diane Francois, Barbara Tryner, Barbara Dyer, Karen Dyer, and Donna (Skip) Bolz, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ron in 2003; sister, Alice Grobstein, brothers: Donald Francois and Duane Francois; brothers-in-law: Richard Dyer, Donald Dyer and Joseph Tryner, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ray and Beverly Graham.
Per Lois’ wishes, cremation has been accorded.
The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City on Friday, March 31, 2023 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and again on Saturday morning, April 1, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Patrick Lohse from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morris will officiate.
Inurnment will follow the services in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where Lois will be laid to rest with her husband, Ron.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Lois’ memory to a charity of the donor’s choosing.
Family and friends are encouraged to log onto www.ReevesFuneral.com to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Lois’ memorial page online through social media.
Cremation service and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. In Coal City. (815/634-2125)