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Lois B. DeMond

Lois B. (Brown) DeMond, 100, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the Cortland Regional Nursing Facility, Cortland, NY.

Mrs. DeMond was born in Freetown, NY, on May 16, 1917, the daughter of the late Clifford and Agnes Wallace Brown.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cortland Normal School and a Master’s of Education Degree from Cortland State.  She taught school at Cincinnatus Central School for 28 years, retiring in 1973.  After retiring from Cincinnatus Central School, she taught school in Alaska for nine years.  For the past four years, she had resided at the Brewster House in Homer where she received excellent care from Kimberly Wells and the staff.

She is survived by her children, Diana Ernst of Deltona, FL, and David (Bonnie) DeMond of St. Cloud, FL.  She also leaves behind her granddaughters, Betsy Pease of LA, Amy Wilks of Wasila, AK, Lori Webster of Maple Valley, WA, Karen Ernst-Smith of FL, and Marlisa Sanders of Lakeland, FL; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Kristin, Maci, Valori, Jonathon, Heather, Nicole, Clayton, Nickolaus, Sophia, Hannah, and Maddie; great-great-grandchildren, Dillon, Tony, and Rose; and a brother-in-law, Frank Thon of Marathon.

She was predeceased by her husband, Otto DeMond, in 1974; a son, Bruce DeMond, in 2013; a grandson, Robert DeMond, in 1990; sisters, Janet Thon and Evelyn Hunt; brothers, Harry Brown, Raymond Brown, and Malcolm Brown.

Funeral services will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with Fred M.S. Downs officiating.  There will be no prior calling hours.  Burial will be in Marathon Cemetery.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mrs. DeMond may be directed to the Cincinnatus Emergency Squad, c/o Elaine Oros, 5771 McFarlane Rd., Cincinnatus, NY 13040.

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.....a beautiful soul has flown away. Lois' joy in living surrounded her, and she gave it freely to all who came in contact with her. The hundreds of students, here and in Alaska, who were lucky enough to spend a year with her, were blessed. She must have spent untold hours and her own resources planning crafts and special projects which her students will always remember. She was an exceptional teacher, mentor, and friend.

WIlliam and Sarah Swisher May 5 2018 12:00 AM

She was a great teacher & neighbor. She & my mother were very good friends. My prayers are with the family.

Whitney Meeker May 5 2018 12:00 AM

Aunt Lois was one of the best story tellers of all times. I loved hearing her tell of Alaska and her garden. I looked through her cookbook again today and I am looking forward to sharing some of her recipes with my family. She always brought her berry dessert for us when we would come to visit my parents. Very special lady.

Patti Brown Pelkey May 5 2018 12:00 AM

Kevin Grewe
So for your lost. She was a great teacher

Kevin G Grewe May 3 2018 12:00 AM

Mrs. DeMond was my fifth and sixth grade teacher. I have very fond memories of those two years. She was an early adopter of tough love, but she also encouraged fun in the class room. She believed in developing the whole person. We had creative activities as well as the 3 Rs. She was resourceful. I was enlisted to help the slow readers while she worked with others. We cooked and made crafts and put on teas for our mothers at which we were to exhibit the good manners that she had taught us. I was happy to know that she has lived a long and full life. May she rest in peace.

Geraldine Jordan Congdon May 2 2018 12:00 AM

So many of Mrs. DeMond's former students have such good memories of our school years with her. I was lucky enough to have her for two years. Looking back, I would say she was an ideal teacher; she taught with kindness and love, while making sure we were learning what was required in that grade. Her projects were always fun. I remember making shell jewelry, and I still have a pair of shell earrings that I made for my mother. I never questioned where all the materials came from, but she must have paid for them out of her own (meager) paycheck.
My sympathy to her family. Even though she lived a long life, I am sure it is hard to say good-bye to such a dear lady.

Evelyn (Gilbert) Seils May 2 2018 12:00 AM

What an amazing life Lois lived. Her passion for educating children never left her. She enjoyed attending the annual Marathon Alumni Banquet and received a standing ovation from the graduating seniors in 2016. She was a gracious lady with a wonderful laugh. I am honored to have known her.

Shelley Wheaton Warnow May 2 2018 12:00 AM

I learned more in third grade, from this woman, than in any other grade - or even several grades put together! She helped me become much of who I am today and I want to be like her when I grow up!

Robin White May 2 2018 12:00 AM

A live well lived by a women well loved, especially the students of Cincinnatus NY. Fond memories of my 3rd grade teacher.

Jeane Kucher Sprague May 2 2018 12:00 AM

so sorry for your loss she was a great teacher, prayers for all

lynn m. wood May 1 2018 12:00 AM

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