Music lover, gardener, mother of Harvard resident
Lois Alenson. (Courtesy photo)
Lois Dehls Alenson of Groton died peacefully surrounded by her family Sept. 6, 2023. Born Oct. 2, 1932, she was the daughter of Dorothy Roberts Dehls and Frederick Dehls.
Lois grew up, along with her brother Allan, in South Orange, New Jersey. In 1952, she married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Robert Osterhoudt Alenson, and they raised their family in Mountainside before moving to East Hebron, New Hampshire, in 1977. While there, Lois dedicated her time to her family, her friends, and her garden. She also was a devoted satsangi, finding meaning and joy in her spiritual path and work at the Sant Bani Ashram.
Lois’s candid, generous manner attracted many friends, and people often commented on her wry sense of humor. She loved music and was prone to sudden outbursts of song. In 2013, Lois and Bob moved to Harvard, where they lived next to their daughter Audrey until last fall when they moved to RiverCourt Residences in Groton. Lois loved the wonderful people she met there, and her family will be forever grateful to the staff who took such loving care of her in her final months.
Besides her husband, Bob, Lois is survived by her daughters, Virginia Keim (Anthony) of Findley Lake, New York, Marianne O’Leary (Keith) of Plymouth, and Audrey Alenson (Gregg Carlson) of Harvard; grandchildren, Rob, Peter, and Julia Keim, Rich and Rebecca Reimbolt, and Sam and Grace Carlson; and great-grandchildren, Cora Reimbolt and Hector Keim. She is also survived by her four nieces and a nephew, with whom she remained close.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sant Bani School in Sanbornton, New Hampshire.