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Lois A. Eitel


Lois A. Eitel (nee Eliason), age 72 of West Milford, died peacefully at home on Thursday, June 29, 2017. She had lived in Wayne before moving to West Milford twenty years ago.

Lois was raised in Cliffside Park and graduated from the Cliffside Park High School in 1962. During her career, she worked for several area insurance agencies, including Dunlop, Onderdonk, & Wilson in Wayne, and she retired from Hanson & Ryan of Totowa in 2011.

Lois was a wonderful mother to her two children. They have fond memories of their mom waking them up at 4 AM and driving them down to Seaside Heights to watch the sunrise. They also enjoyed annual summer vacations to Wildwood and many visits to Cape Cod. Lois was an avid gardener, loved taking care of her house plants, and she was an unbeatable Scrabble player! She enjoyed reading, doing the daily crossword puzzle, and she was brave enough (and adequately skilled) to do Sudoku with a pen! Lois was also a quiet volunteer, dedicating countless hours to teaching illiterate adults how to read, and she spent many Thanksgivings at area shelters where she helped to feed the less fortunate. Among the vast wisdom she shared with her children, they recall two things in particular: Lois often repeated the old adage; “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” and “it takes a long time to build trust.” They will all miss her deeply, but they also have many memories to hold close to their hearts forever.

Lois is survived by her two children; Edward Brown of W. Milford, and Christine Brown of W. Milford, her sister; Andrea Peloquin and her husband Paul of Orleans, Massachusetts, and a large, extended family.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 3-6 PM. A funeral service will be held at 6 PM Wednesday, at the conclusion of the visiting hours.  

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Memory of Lois to SIM International. Send to SIM Donor Care, PO Box 7900, Charlotte, NC 28241, or

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Mom, Taylor, Chris & I are going to miss you. I'm sorry we didn't get to do your pig roast for you before you left us. Let that be a lesson to all of us not to put things off. I love you Crissie



Dear Eitel Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Lois was a wonderful, warm and happy person who could brighten anyone's day. I just spoke to her a few weeks ago and our conversation left me with a smile. I worked with her at Hanson and Ryan but also had a connection with her thru my husband's Uncle Dave Wilson from Dunlop Onderdonk and Wilson. Please accept my sincerest of condolences. I am out of town and cannot make the service but will surely be there in spirit. May God bless you all. Barbara Dunn

Barbara Dunn


I literally stumbled on this. I am stunned, while I only knew her briefly Lois was one of my favorite people to work with. I remember her "spats" with Jack Onderdonk with the fundest of memories. My deepest and sincerest of condolences to her family, especially her sister Andrea and Christine. You will be missed, I only wish I had been better at staying in touch. Bill

Bill joseph


To Andrea and family. I too was surprised to hear of Lois's passing\. I remember all the fun day's at DOW with all the lunch room games we played.Our condolences to her children and family. Carol

carol & jim maclean

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