Pixley Funeral Home


Lois Duhamel

June 27, 1933April 28, 2021

Lois G. Duhamel, age 87, Rochester Hills.

Lois was born in Detroit in 1933. She was the loving wife of Dr. Peter A. Duhamel, mother of Peggy (James Gurney), the late Katy (Paul) Gallagher, and Alex (Christie), and grandmother of Zoe Gurney and Peter and Joanna Duhamel.

Lois graduated with an MS degree in Education from the University of Detroit and subsequently taught high school science in East Detroit Public Schools. Lois and eight of her Theta Phi Alpha Sorority sisters formed a “Pot Luck” group that still continues 65 years later. The Pot Luck group of friends enjoyed monthly dinners, many weddings, baptisms, funerals and multiple travels.

Lois was active in medical auxiliary, having served as President of the Oakland County Medical Alliance, President of the Michigan State Medical Society Alliance, and member of the AMA Alliance Committee. She was a founding member of the Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary and the Crittenton “D Club” fundraising committee. In addition, Lois was a member of Meadow Brook Women's Club and Rochester Junior Women Emeritus and was a founding member of St. Irenaeus Parish and Great Oaks Country Club. She also belonged to the Marco Island Women’s Club.

She and the family frequently travelled to the Black Hills of South Dakota visiting relatives and enjoying many driving trips through the Western US and Canada. She and Peter also went on many cruises and international trips with friends and medical colleagues. In later years, Lois and Peter spent winters in Marco Island, Florida, where they have many good friends.

The funeral Mass will be held at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church at 11 AM, May 3, with visitation at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in Rapid City, SD, at a later date. Donations may be made to the Women’s Fund of Rochester (


  • Dr. Peter A. Duhamel, Husband
  • Peggy Gurney (James), Daughter
  • Katy Gallagher (Paul), Daughter (deceased)
  • Alex Duhamel (Christie), Son
  • Zoe Gurney, Granddaughter
  • Peter Duhamel, Grandson
  • Joanna Duhamel, Granddaughter


  • Instate

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, May 3, 2021


Lois Duhamel

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Dodi Lewis

May 2, 2021

Dear Peter, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this most difficult time. I was Lois’s manicurist/pedicurist for many years and always enjoyed our appointments. She was always a wealth of knowledge and always so positive. She loved her family and was so proud of her children and grandchildren! But never in a bragging way, just pride! We spoke last in June when you returned from Florida and she wanted to book an appt. I had taken retirement, she was so happy for me.
Our hearts are with you, Dodi and Len Lewis

Blanche Mindlin

May 2, 2021

Alan, Bethany, Alicia, Max, Bailey and I share many wonderful times with Lois. May her name be blessed for eternity.

Gerald Wery

May 2, 2021

Lois was a remarkable, long-time friend. Many wonderful memories from years past. She will be dearly missed, but celebrated for such a remarkable life. Gerry

Paul Solverson

May 1, 2021

Longtime, loved family friend who will be missed. Peace to the Duhamel family and all who grieve. Quite the legacy and impact on so many. Paul