Lois Melissa Happel

July 22, 1942July 9, 2019

Lois Melissa Happel, of New Market, Alabama, wife of faithful husband, Larry and mother of adored daughter, Laura.

Lois was born July 22, 1942 in Holden, West Virginia to Martha (Burke) Fraley and Virgil Fraley. She attended various schools and graduated from Rio Grande University. Lois was a teacher in Ohio and employee of Office of Aging Social Services in New York. She was a member of NEA, Business and Professional Women and Zonta. Lois was an avid reader and health permitting, gardener. She loved to visit museums, especially those of presidents.

Other survivors are sister-in-law Bonnie Happel of Dayton Ohio, sister Barbara Knapp of Knoxville, TN, brother William Robert (Bill) Fraley of Columbus, Ohio, and numerous endearing cousins.

Lois is remembered by many nieces and nephews as a most generous and loving aunt, as emphasized in the attendance for her funeral.

Lois was a true believer in God and his power even as she endured several health issues. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Her uniqueness was a kind-heart and loving sprit for all individuals.

A visitation for Lois will be held Monday, July 15, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Valhalla Funeral Home. A chapel service will occur Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM, with entombment to follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens.


  • Larry W Happel, Husband
  • Bonnie Happel, Sister-in-law
  • Barbara Knapp, Sister
  • William Robert (Bill) Fraley, Brother
  • Numerous endearing Cousins.


  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Chapel Service Tuesday, July 16, 2019


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Velma Tufto

July 14, 2019

Words seem so inadequate when we try to express the loss we feel at a time like this. Somehow, we think that life will go on forever and that we’ll get that letter in the mail or that call made as soon as we have a little more time. Then, we get the news that we have lost that precious someone and time doesn’t matter anymore. Will we never learn? However, a good thing we do have left is this - the wonderful childhood (and grown-up) memories we share. At least time cannot take these.

My heart goes out to you, Larry and Laura. Be comforted in knowing how Lois loved you. She never tired of telling the funny and not-so-funny stories about you both. I’m sure no one would want to get in your way Larry, when Lois needed something done and Laura, that beautiful piece of jewelry will probably be the most amazing “surprise” you will ever have. These sweet memories and so many others will be with us always.

God bless.



Woody Arnold

July 14, 2019

Larry & Laura !

We are so saddened by your loss. Lois was a great lady.
I really liked her laugh !
Please accept our sincere sympathy !

Pat, Woody, Angie, & Amy Arnold

Gail Barton

July 12, 2019

Lois is the best friend I have ever had. She was with me through the best of times and the worst of times. Lois gave the best hugs and had the best laugh. She was so much fun to be around. I loved her meatloaf, cherry pie, super cake, apple dumplings, peanut brittle, and no bake cookies. I spent many hours at the Happel home in Owego, N.Y. While visiting, Lois spoke often of her extended family. I fondly recall the many stories and Lois sayings she shared. Lois taught me about fine china, fine jewelry, and fine interior decorating. I do not think she would be offended by me saying she was the classiest hillbilly I ever met. This was all a long time ago, but no one else has taken her place and no one else ever will. Until we meet again, Rest In Peace my beloved friend. Gail

Barbara Knapp McVey

July 11, 2019

I remember riding in Aunt Lois's car and one time talking about making or going for (I can't remember which) root beer floats with siblings and with cousin Robbie. Aunt Lois had us Knapp girls at her apartment, and I remember her playing Diana Ross and the Supremes.

The McVey family always had an open invitation to the Happel home. We always felt welcome.

Aunt Lois was generous, good natured, and a good listener. My greatest memory is how Aunt Lois loved us. I will miss her.

Clarence Grout

July 10, 2019

Always love seeing her doing her hair. She was always pleasant and always a Lady will miss her deeply.

Shaun Knapp

July 9, 2019

Too many good memories to name. We wanted so much to see you again. I’m glad we got to say “we love you” on Saturday

We’re gonna whip ‘em all, Aunt Lois.

We love you.

Shaun, Sam, Dillon, Chase

Hans Knapp

July 9, 2019

I will always remember the "oatmeal incident" at the farm, the Bonneville and the flat tire and the visits to you and Larry in New York. We love you. Rest in peace.