In Memory

Lois Guerrieri

Lois Guerrieri



Lois Marie “Sissy” Guerrieri, 72, of 95 Haytie Lane, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014, at her residence. Lois was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of the late Louis Richard and Lois Delilah (Smith) Guerrieri.
Lois’ (Sissy’s) family wishes to add the following reverent comments about their beloved friend. “Sissy lived her life by her belief in the oneness of the universe and all people. She was generous, selfless, kind and innocent with a smile that lit the darkest corner. She was a seeker of truth, a philosopher, poet, and guardian of Nature and all her creatures. Having lost her left hand and part of her arm in an accident at an early age, many people who knew Sissy were in awe of her physical strength and agility. Among her other talents, she made furniture, was a photographer, cut firewood, was a one-handed knitter, and created incredible works of art in oils, pen and ink, and other media. Sissy was a genius housed in a quiet, modest vehicle.
Above all, Sissy was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend—a true renaissance woman, amazing in every way. Brilliant. Innocent. Kind. Genuine. Seeker. Teacher. Caregiver. Champion of the underdog. Words cannot describe this beautiful soul and what she meant to her family and all who came to know her. Fly free, Sissy.”
Surviving is a brother, Richard P. Guerrieri of Staunton; two sisters, Carmella L. Joseph of Middlebrook and Mary Ann Guerrieri of Swoope; four nephews, Robert J. Faraoni, David E. Joseph, Aaron P. Guerrieri and Kenneth M. Faraoni; and a niece Jennifer A. Joseph also survives. She was also survived by her loving pet dog “Cricket.”
All services will be private.


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12/21/14 04:35 PM #4    

Catherine Clay

I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed being a friend of Lois and know you will miss her dearly

12/22/14 10:48 AM #5    

Merrill Rivers



12/22/14 12:38 PM #6    

Hermine Werle (Stricklin)

Dear Family of Lois:  I didn't know Lois well, bu I remember Lois and Mary Ann in PE!  They were so close and looking out for each other--and Lois would try anything.  I remember her on the "horse" and how Lois attemptrd and did everything in spite of her handicap.  Truly an inspiring and example of care and determination!  Hermine Werle Stricklin

12/22/14 06:14 PM #7    

Stanley Duvall

I remember Lois in school as a kind person, my heart goes out to family who will truly miss her.

12/23/14 12:02 PM #8    

Sandra Lowry (Haupt)

I remember Lois from art class.  She was quiet and very talented.  My sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

Sandi Hauptr

12/23/14 06:07 PM #9    

Jean Murray (Slemmons)

I remember Lois well from school - she was quiet but such a strong person - her achievements in P.E. were what I remember most , I always wished I could hit a ball like her!  My prayers for comfort for her family and friends, a person who leaves so many wonderful trails of happiness behind will be sorely missed.  

12/23/14 06:56 PM #10    

Antonio Magnotto

My condolences to the family and friends of Lois.  The world would be a better place with more people like her. 

12/24/14 09:44 AM #11    

Diane Shimp (Spencer)

Lois was a sweet and kind classmate. May God bless her family and give them comfort at this difficult time. Diane Shimp Spencer

12/29/14 10:43 AM #12    

Sandra McNickle

Lois was one of my students; she was sweet and shy.  She was a kind person and a hard working student.  i am always sad to see my students pass.

02/17/15 06:57 PM #13    

Lin Harter (Booth)

I got to know Lois reasonably well from 6th through 12th grade in classes where teachers sat us alphabeticaly (Guerrieri - Harter)  Over the 7 years I probably borrowed a couple of reams of paper and several dozen pencils from her.   Wisely, she seemed to know I was best off with the pencils that still had erasers.  She was indeed, shy, gentle, quiet,  all the things we've said, but behind that smile was a wicked sense of humor.  And even that was as gentle as it was funny; she never belittled anything, or anyone.  Most of her one-liners were about the subject matter.  One of my favorites was when she pointed out the reason our Nation survived for nine years with "no one in charge" (she meant the time between the end of the Revolutionary War and the ratifying of the constitution) was because there was no television and evening news with Walter Cronchite.  Another was she wondered if the Indians who lived where the Mayflower landed had the chance to do it over, would they sink the boat instead of helping the hapless Pilgrims?

If we weren't directed to a specific seat, I used to look for her and try to sit close to her.  At the end of any class where we sat close together, I always felt better when  I left the class than when I came in.  I can't believe I was the only person who felt that way when they sat near her.

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