MIRSKY, Lois

Lois Mirsky (nee Barnett) of Westwood, Plymouth, W. Roxbury, New Haven, entered heaven on 2/18/2021 after a struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. Beloved wife of Irwin Mirsky, mother of Scott (married to Kathy), Peter (married to Betsy), Andy (married to Trish) and six grandchildren Daniel 26, Darla 23, Julia 21, Alex 18, Ben 18 and Nate 17, sister Jane Grignetti (married to Mario), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Lois grew up in New Haven, CT to parents Harry and Marion Barnett with her older brother Jerry (deceased) and younger sister Janie with whom she shared a profound bond. Lois attended Wheelock College in Brookline, MA graduating in 1954 with a BS in Education and remained active with the school her entire life. She was a member of the Development Committee and served on the Enrollment and Student Life Committee of the Wheelock College Board of Trustees. She also served on the Wheelock Alumnae Board several times as well as Alumnae Association Endowment Committee. In 1965 she was hired as editor of Wheelock Alumna Magazine and in 1975 was hired as Director of Alumnae Affairs and in 1980 was appointed Director of the Annual Fund by the President of Wheelock. Lois worked on Wheelock’s first Capital Campaign and become an integral part of the College and alumnae was changed to alumni in recognition of Wheelock’s male graduates. Lois also worked for UNICEF, The Trustees of Reservations and as Creative Director of a direct mail company which raised funds for nonprofit organizations and as writer and development officer at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Lois received the Wheelock Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and the President’s Leadership Award in 2004. While at Wheelock she made many a great friend who she kept in contact with throughout her life and most importantly where she met her husband Irwin of 67 years; theirs was a true love story. They were married in 1954 and spent their first two years of marriage in Baltimore, MD where Lois was a teacher in the public schools and then the following two years in New Mexico while Irwin served as a Captain at the White Sands Missile Range. After that they then made their way up to the Boston area and lived in West Roxbury for about 10 years until they outgrew their small 2 - bedroom apartment and settled in the town of Westwood for 38 years, raising their family and again making life-long friends with some of their neighbors. Lois loved to work and keep busy. She was an early riser who loved walking, especially with Irwin and their beloved English Cocker Spaniel Reggie who they would take for walks in Hale Reservation in Westwood. She loved the water and swam up to about 7 years ago when they were living in the Pine Hills in Plymouth where there was a pool. Lois was a caring, loving, compassionate person who loved her family and friends more than anything. When she spoke with you, you had her full attention and was an incredible listener who provided support and love to those who needed it. She was her happiest when those she loved were happy and there was nothing more special to her than being with her family for special occasions, the holidays or for no reason at all, especially her grandchildren. She lit up the room with her smile and her blue eyes and never had a bad word to say about anyone. Her best friend was her husband Irwin who she did everything with, from putting together a family celebration for the holidays, sailing in Boston Harbor on their boat or traveling to Norway or Ireland; they were connected at the hip. Lois was an avid writer who recently published a booked called “Special Stripes” that is geared towards young children addressing the topic of bullying. Lois especially loved to write about her family and created a couple of family magazines, one called “Family Matters” which engaged all family to contribute personal stories about their lives and “Reflections” which was a compilation of her own stories about family, family history and major developments in the world. She also had a story published in the Boston Globe a few years ago about her grandchildren and also wrote a story for Hadassah, a Jewish women’s organization with 300,000 plus members, on the occasion of their centennial anniversary. Lois and Irwin also loved to arrange family reunions of cousins and over the years hosted the Mirsky Open golf tournament when it was held in the Lois B. Mirsky 1932 - 2021 Boston area. Lois had integrity and could be fierce in her outrage over injustices. She also maintained a life-long love and commitment to her religion and cultural traditions. She was also a tremendous cook who until the couple of years ago would still make the best ever brisket and matzo ball soup. Lois will be dearly missed by her family and friends but loved forever by all and is now in the hand of God for eternity. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lewy Body Dementia Association www.lbda.org in Lois’s memory

Arrangements by
Schlossberg & Solomon Memorial Chapel
"Family Owned"
781-828-6990

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