Lois Winifred Anne Pohlman (née Lachance), aged 87, passed away on September 7, 2023, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded by her four loving children during her final moments. Lois was born on January 28, 1936, in Ottawa, Ontario, the daughter of Joseph Edgar Lachance and Winifred Maria Fitzpatrick. Throughout her childhood, Lois excelled academically, especially in math and science. She also displayed a natural talent for music and won the prestigious E.R. Fisher Award at the age of 10 for her piano skills. Lois went on to attend Queen’s University and pursue nursing at Kingston General Hospital (KGH), where she graduated as the Gold Medalist of the nursing class of 1957. It was during her time in Kingston that she met her future husband, Ralph Pohlman, whom she married in 1957. Lois and Ralph moved to Chicago before settling in Toronto. In 1988, they moved to Stouffville, Ontario, where Lois became an active member of the community and immersed herself in various activities, including volunteering for Meals on Wheels and tutoring math. They later relocated to Belleville, Ontario, in 2007, to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Lois leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love, support, and guidance for her children and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community. Visitation will be held at the Burke Funeral Home on September 20, and the funeral service will take place on September 21, with a livestream available on the funeral home’s website.
Lois Winifred Anne Pohlman, born on January 28, 1936, in Ottawa, Ontario, passed away on September 7, 2023, after a courageous two-year battle with breast cancer. In her final moments, she was surrounded by her four devoted children. Lois had an exceptional upbringing, being the second child and only daughter of Joseph Edgar Lachance and Winifred Maria Fitzpatrick. She possessed remarkable intelligence and talent, excelling in academics, particularly in math and science. Alongside her academic accomplishments, Lois was a gifted musician. At the age of 10, she won the distinguished E.R. Fisher Award for her piano performance at the Ottawa Music Festival. Her love for music was intertwined with her dedication to sports, earning her the Fisher Park High School Girls Athletic Association Award. Lois’s passion and enthusiasm were the driving forces behind her success in various fields. After graduating from Kingston General Hospital’s nursing program as the Gold Medalist in 1957, she ventured to Chicago with her husband, Ralph Pohlman, before eventually settling in Toronto. In 1988, Lois and Ralph relocated to Stouffville, Ontario, where she actively engaged with the local community. As a committed volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a tutor of mathematics, Lois’s selflessness and compassion were evident. In 2007, she and Ralph moved once more to Belleville, Ontario, to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Lois’s legacy is one of unconditional love, support, and guidance, which will forever be cherished by her family, friends, and community. The visitation will be held at the Burke Funeral Home on September 20, followed by the funeral service on September 21, with a livestream available on the funeral home’s website.
Lois Winifred Anne Pohlman, aged 87, peacefully passed away on September 7, 2023, after a valiant two-year struggle against breast cancer. Her four adoring children were by her side during her last moments. Lois was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on January 28, 1936, to parents Joseph Edgar Lachance and Winifred Maria Fitzpatrick. Her childhood was marked by exceptional academic and musical achievements. At the tender age of 10, Lois was honored with the E.R. Fisher Award for her extraordinary piano performance at the Ottawa Music Festival. Throughout her school years, she demonstrated a remarkable talent in both sports and academics, receiving the Fisher Park High School Girls Athletic Association Award. Despite her success, Lois remained humble, attributing her accomplishments to her genuine enthusiasm rather than any inherent athletic ability. Lois’s journey continued as she decided to attend Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and pursue a career in nursing at Kingston General Hospital (KGH). In 1957, she earned the distinction of being the Gold Medalist of the KGH nursing class and was recognized for her exceptional surgical nursing skills and compassionate patient care with the Surgery Award. It was in Kingston that she met and married her beloved husband, Ralph Pohlman, in 1957. Following her graduation, Lois joined her husband in Chicago, where she worked at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital until their return to Ontario in 1963. They initially settled in Kingston for a year before establishing their home in Toronto. Lois dedicated the next ten years to raising her children, creating cherished memories during summers spent at the family’s cottage in Quebec’s Gatineau Hills. She was a devoted Brownie leader and ensured she was well-versed in her children’s textbooks, always prepared to provide assistance. Lois’s unwavering love, support, and guidance profoundly impacted her children’s lives and were reciprocated in their unwavering commitment to her. In 1973, Lois embarked on a new chapter by enrolling at York University’s Glendon College, where she completed an honors BA, majoring in economics and minoring in mathematics. Her passion for learning continued as she took on the role of unofficial office manager for her husband’s dermatology laboratories until 1979. That year, she enrolled at Humber College to study computer science, earning her degree in 1982. Lois subsequently worked as a computer programmer/analyst for Scotia Bank until her retirement in 1989. In 1988, Lois and Ralph settled in an old farmhouse in Stouffville, where she diligently attended to the upkeep of their property and became an active member of the community. Her involvement included participating in the Stouffville United Church choir and the annual Music Mania production. Following Ralph’s retirement, they discovered a winter retreat in Florida and eventually acquired a home in Homosassa. Lois dedicated her time volunteering for Meals on Wheels and tutoring local students in math. In 2007, Lois and Ralph relocated to Belleville to be closer to their children and grandchildren. As with every place Lois called home, she fostered connections, formed cherished friendships, and engaged in meaningful activities within the community. Lois had a love for games and cherished the hours spent playing scrabble with her father and later with her son. Euchre was a treasured family tradition, and her children always wanted Lois as their partner, knowing that her involvement typically resulted in victory. Lois’s character was defined by patience, forgiveness, kindness, and selflessness. Her sharp wit, remarkable memory, and genuine interest in the lives of her loved ones were evident through her thoughtfully sent cards commemorating special occasions. Her selflessness endured until her final days. Lois leaves behind her children Dell (Lauren), Anne (Jeff), Julie (John), and Lisa (David), as well as her nine cherished grandchildren Leah (Nolan), Adie (Danny), Neil, Chris (Christianne), Nic (Emma), Avery (Rob), Paul (Kathleen), Mike, and Karen. Additionally, she is mourned by her Godchildren Karey Shuhendler, née Raybould, and Bronté Anderson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. Lois’s beloved 19-year-old cat named “Nuisance” also mourns her passing.
In honor of Lois Pohlman, donations can be made to support Indspire: Indigenous Education is Canada’s Future, United Way Hastings and Prince Edward, Salvation Army Canada, or the Thoracic Team at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. These organizations align with Lois’s values and the exceptional care she received from the KGH Thoracic Team. The visitation for Lois will be held at the Burke Funeral Home in Belleville, Ontario, on September 20, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place on September 21 at noon in the funeral home chapel, with a livestream available on the Burke Funeral Home website. Online condolences can be expressed at http://www.burkefuneral.ca.