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Longtime Anchorage resident Lois Eva Vochoska, 78, died Aug. 23, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
Her family wrote: "She was in good health when she suffered a massive stroke at her birthday party, attended by family and friends. She passed away peacefully four days later, with her husband and children at her side."
A visitation will be at noon, with a service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage. The Rev. Peter Loughman will officiate. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will be afterward.
Mrs. Vochoska was born Aug. 13, 1929, in White Plains, N.Y. Her father was a lawyer in New York City and was familiar with many prominant New Yorkers of that era. As a girl, she once met the legendary Judge Learned Hand. She attended Vassar College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and participated in synchronized swimming. She became a school teacher and taught in Tuxedo Park and White Plains.
On her second vacation in Alaska during the early 1960s, Lois was offered a job teaching on Elmendorf Air Force Base. She took the job without hesitation. She had her family send her personal possesions up to Alaska, fearing that if she returned to New York, her family would talk her out of moving. She met Mr. Vochoska, who was then an Alaska District Court judge, in August 1964 at a party given by the "Bachelors of Anchorage" for all the single female school teachers in town at the "Idle Hour" nightclub on the shores of Lake Hood.
Her family wrote: "She was a member of the American Association of University Women, and brought the state convention to Kodiak in the early 1970s. She was involved with many musical and theatrical events, including operas, concerts, musicals and plays. She was especially fond of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. While living in Greenwich Village, she took part in many off-Broadway productions, and remained a member of the Village Light Opera Company her entire life. She brought her passion for music and theater to Alaska, and both produced and performed in many events through the years. She was a longtime member of the Anchorage Concert Chorus, right up to her passing. She had been very active in First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage since her marriage on May 27, 1966.
" 'God be with you 'till we meet again at Jesus' feet.' She was a kind, loving, accepting, hard-working, creative, funny and generous wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her faith in her Lord Jesus was shown through her kindness and generosity to all. Music was the theme running through her life. From the time she was a little girl, she loved to sing, whether on stage, in church or just while doing chores around the house. She put her family first. From the time she had her first child, she dedicated herself to her husband and children, who are grateful to her beyond what words can say. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends."
She is survived by her husband, Virgil; brother, Frank Ford Jr.; sister, Dorothy Marlin; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Aurie Vochoska of Santa Monica, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Will Dean of Centralia, Wash.; and grandchildren, Mandy, Nadia, Billy, Tommy and Aidan.
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