Lois A. (Montanari) Quinn, age 77, passed away peacefully in the Maple Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wrentham, Massachusetts on Monday, January 28, 2020. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 26, 1943, she was the daughter of Ralph and Alice (Lukosi) Montanari. She was raised in Brighton and graduated from Brighton High School with the Class of 1960, where she was a majorette in the marching band. Lois continued her education, earning her bachelor’s degree with a focus on mathematics from Boston State College in 1964, and went on to earn her master’s degrees in both mathematics and administration. She has been a resident of Taunton, Massachusetts since 1989, moving there from Norwood.
Lois spent her working career as a teacher, giving instruction in math and science at the middle and high school levels. She taught in various schools in Virginia, Texas, and Holland before returning to Massachusetts, taking a position with the Avon Public Schools. In addition to teaching math and science in Avon, Lois went on to become the Math and Science Department Head and later served as Assistant Principal. She also edited and published quarterly booklets from the Greater Boston Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), a religious organization studying Christianity and the prophet, Edgar Casey’s, teachings, in addition to writing several of her own articles.
Throughout her life, Lois was drawn to the arts. She enjoyed playing the piano, drawing with charcoals and pastel inks, and painting with watercolors and oils. Lois’s artwork placed in several oil painting contests in Holland. Aside from art, Lois was an avid sports fan. She took part in golfing, swimming, and running. As an avid runner, she placed second and third in her age group for five-kilometer races. In addition to participating in sports, she enjoyed following the Red Sox, the Paw Sox, the Brockton Rox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, and the Providence Bruins. However, she never forgot about her student athletes, always cheering on both Avon and Norton High School athletics.
Loving mother of Stephanie Rider and her husband, Michael, of Beaverton, Oregon and Jennifer Blum of San Francisco, California.
Cherished grandmother of Skyler and Shay.
Beloved longtime companion of George McAuliffe of Sharon.
Devoted daughter of Ralph and Alice (Lukosi) Montanari.
Sister of Arlene Leary and her late husband, John, of Florida and Andrea Crook and her husband, James, of Vermont.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Lois’ graveside service in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, Summer Street, Plymouth on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted at the request of Lois’s family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.