FALMOUTH - A great life’s journey began some 91 years ago just outside of the city of Chicago when Lois Elaine Hollander (McMahon) was born on June 10, 1927. Her journey ended peacefully this past Wednesday, March 20, while surrounded by all she truly cared for and was most proud of – her family.
Lois was the daughter of J. Raymond and Mildred (Forsberg) McMahon of Chicago, Illinois and the loving wife of Dr. Oscar Karl Hollander, Jr. for seventy-five years. Their first thirty- five years were spent living in Brockton, MA where Oscar practiced medicine. For the last forty years they resided in their beautiful home in Saconesset Hills, West Falmouth, MA.
Lois was a striking young lab technician working at a Chicago hospital when she met the handsome, confident Resident with whom she would soon move East and start a storied life. The wife of a prominent surgeon came with the usual membership obligations to the Garden Club, and the Thursday Club and playing Bridge and the like; however, it was the daily responsibilities of raising a family and being part of a very close family network that she appreciated and encouraged. As a true matriarch, she embraced all success and accepted any shortcomings with a passionate understanding, a helping hand, and a comforting smile. “Mom,” “Gram,” or “Great” could be firm but never spoke an unkind word.
Lois had an unusual grace – a certain air or elegance. She had a natural sensitivity for others – others needs always first. Lois was an active church goer and Sunday school teacher. She was not bound to a specific ideology but to a more relevant inner spiritual presence and character. Wisdom and grace are gifted to few – Lois had that gift. Her glass was always three-quarters full.
She was active in her community sitting on the board of directors of both The Sandwich Glass Museum and The Heritage Museum and Gardens. She also served as President of The Saconesset Hills Association.
Somehow superlatives still seem insufficient in describing her presence. Lois was greater than the “greatest” mom – she was better than the “best” cook – she was more beautiful than any cover girl of the time (Hedy Lamarr - so thought Dad!) – and she will be more than missed by all that knew her.
Lois was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Oscar K. Hollander, Jr., and her sister, Marcia Rae Weaver. She is survived by her three children: Mark Hollander and his wife Kathryn, Karen Hollander Thomsen and her husband Edgar, and Richard Hollander and his wife Meredith, as well as ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on May 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540. A burial service will be private.