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Lois McWilliams, nurse, active in church July 27, 1936 -- Dec. 25, 2005

Lois A. McWilliams, a Buffalo homemaker and nurse who was active in her church, died Sunday in Beechwood Nursing Home, Getzville, after a battle with cancer. She was 69.

Born Lois Schneggenburger in Black Rock, she graduated from St. Francis Xavier School and Mount St. Joseph's Academy. In 1958, she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from D'Youville College and went to work for the Visiting Nursing Association.

In 1960, she married Henry B. McWilliams and put her nursing career on hold to raise a family. Mr. McWilliams died in 2002.

In the late 1970s, Mrs. McWilliams returned to the health care field, working as a blood pressure screener, first with the American Heart Association, then with the Erie County Department of Health, which she served as program coordinator in the 1990s.

She was an active parishioner of St. Margaret Catholic Church and was a member of the church's Bishop's Committee, a Eucharistic minister, bingo volunteer and a religious education instructor. She and her husband helped run the church's annual football pool.

Mrs. McWilliams also worked as a voting inspector for the Erie County Board of Elections and was an active member of North Buffalo Community Center.

She enjoyed cross-stitch, gardening and regular get-togethers with high school classmates.

Survivors include three daughters, Ginny Conway and Margaret, both of Williamsville, and Lori Nunzio of Getzville; a son, Henry of North Tonawanda; a brother, Carl Schneggenburger of Snyder; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Margaret Church, 1385 Hertel Ave. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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