SARASOTA, Fla. - Lois Ann Firestone, former Hanoverton, Ohio resident, passed away at her Sarasota home on Dec. 26 from complications from lung cancer.
Born Feb. 19, 1932, and delivered by Dr. Chester DeWalt at Salem Community Hospital, she was the daughter of the late Gertrude Mildred (Carlson) and Howard E. Firestone.
Survivors include her three beloved children, Jennifer Ann (Charles) Wilson of Sarasota, Beverly Sue (Randy) Thiel of Grand Rapids, Mich., and David James (Karen Sue) White of Wadsworth, Ohio; four much-cherished grandchildren, Brooke Ann (Lee) Jones of Columbus, Sarah Anne White of Wadsworth, Austin David White of Wadsworth and Ty Louis Thiel of Grand Rapids; a much-loved brother, Ralph W. Firestone of Cape Coral, Fla.; a sister, Wilma Lanney of Hanoverton; and several special nieces and nephews and their families. She also leaves her companion, her little pet Westie, Sophie.
A 1950 graduate of Salem High School and secretary of her senior class, she received a bachelor of science in journalism from the George Starr Lasher School of Journalism from Ohio University in Athens in 1954. She also held a teaching certificate from Kent State University.
She joined the Salem News as a reporter and feature writer under Editor Ray L. Dean in 1954. Later, after her children were grown she rejoined the Salem News in 1983 under another special mentor, Editor Gayle Beck. During those years, she received Thomson and Associated Press Awards for various features and news stories.
As the editor of Yesteryears, a historical weekly publication featuring factual stories from the city and area's past, she inaugurated the idea of publishing a page from the past in each issue, the bulk of which she and a historical colleague, the late Dale Shaffer, saved from years of damp and unsafe storage.
She also edited a weekly in both Salem and Columbiana under attorney and publisher Geoffrey Goll until she returned to the Salem News as a feature writer and editor until her retirement in 2004.
The family is planning a private memorial service in the future.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Historical Society, 208 S. Broadway Ave., Salem, Ohio 44460.