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Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Educator. Editor. The life of Lois Chesley contained all of those parts. Lois died on April 7, 2017, almost 77 years after she was born June 7, 1940, to James and Isabelle Mattel of Raritan, N.J.
She grew up attending local schools, where she was introduced to her love of teaching and the newspaper business. She graduated from Seton Hill College in 1962, where she majored in German and minored in English and education. Lois met the love of her life during her college years, marrying Carl Chesley in June of 1963.
The first 22 years of their 53 years of married life was spent as a loving wife traveling together to locations throughout the United States and Europe as Carl completed his career in the U.S. Air Force. They raised a family of two sons, Bruce, and his wife, Julie, live in California and have two daughters, Abbey Rose and Alexandra Grace; and Daryl, and his wife, Kate, live in Richmond with their three children, William Henry, Luke Barrington and Sidney Rose.
During the first half of her married life, Lois was an outstanding mother supporting her sons in their various activities, serving as soccer coach, score keeper and other roles. Lois also enjoyed her career as an educator, teaching in school systems in Arizona, North Carolina, Louisiana, Illinois, Virginia and overseas in several schools in the Department of Defense School System in Germany.
She became a resident of Virginia and a member of the parish of Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church when her husband was assigned to Langley Air Force Base in 1982. Here, she embarked on her next career as newspaper woman, working for the Yorktown Crier. She spent over 22 years at the paper covering all facets of the newspaper business from page design and layout to photography, writing and editing. She was recognized for her outstanding work by receiving more than 20 awards from the Virginia Press Association.
Lois is survived by her husband of 53 years, Carl; son, Bruce, and his wife, Julie, and their two daughters, Abbey and Alex; her son, Daryl, and his wife, Kate, and their three children, Will, Luke and Sidney; and brother, James Mattel of Indiana.
A funeral Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, with Father Micheal Joly officiating services. A visitation period will start at 10 a.m.