Lois Burnham

October 10, 1922June 8, 2019

NORWICH – Lois F. Burnham, 96, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, June 8 th .

She was born in Waterbury, CT on October 10, 1922 to the late Howard and Elizabeth Holcomb. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from UCONN and taught English at N.F.A. for 27 years.

Lois was energetic and passionate about everything she did. She was part of a bridge club, played tennis, loved to swim, ski and travel with friends and family, garden around her home and read. Literature and history were her interests and she meticulously kept a personal journal throughout her life. Her connection to N.F.A. continued after retirement as a Curator for the Slater Memorial Museum on campus.

She was predeceased by both her husbands; Robert M. Anderson and Robert Burnham and her daughter; Gail Tsanjoures, and is survived by her son; Robert H. Anderson, step-sons;Gary, Donald, and Daniel Burnham Grandchildren; Robert M and Joseph D Anderson, step-grandchildren;Hannah and Sofia Burnham and a special Goddaughter, Jan Albert.

Donations in Lois’ memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Services are private at the convenience of the family.

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Lori (Anderson) Grabbert

June 13, 2019

It's with a heavy heart I bid farewell to one of the greatest women I've ever known. What a life you have lead. From Alaska to China ,even Africa,you have SEEN this world. Your husband Bob Burnham could never share your passion for visiting 3rd world countries. I can only imagine you riding an elephant with your touring buddy or standing on the deck of a ship looking for whales or polar bears. You were always the adventurer,taking your grandsons boogie boarding and ski-ing well into your 70's,and not just watching,but doing. I can remember joining you on the black diamond slopes to watch your son and grandson,and them going by us ,backwards! I can only hope to grow old as gracefully as you. Its a shame all your old freinds passed before you,I don't think you would have slowed down at all,and I know you miss them. Lois,I know you were ready to join your old freinds,your body was giving out,but I grieve for the ones left behind. Bobby ,I salute you.You filled her final years with love and laughter,security in not being alone,and Bob,I can't imagine the pain you feel,I am SOOO sorry. Joey,I don't know if you understand about death,but I hope you can remember her taking you for walks when you were little and throwing "pooh sticks" into the water to see if yours or Bobbys would make it under the Bridge first. Lois,your passing marks the end of an era,love for you runs deep,and boy will you be missed.

Jamie daniels

June 12, 2019

I am so grateful forhaving the opportunity to be your hairdresser and really enjoyed the conversations we had you were a great woman and will forever be in my heart to me you are family I know you are now at peace love you forever❤

Dawn Anderson

June 11, 2019

To my sweet mother in law may you be at peace now. We love you and will always hold the memories in our hearts 💕