Lois E. Staring, 87, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, NY – Lois E. “Granny” Staring, 87, died peacefully early Tuesday morning, Nov. 19, 2019, at her home.

Born Aug. 10, 1932, in Holland Patent, the daughter of the late Forest and Mary Elizabeth (Evans) Rowlands, she graduated from Holland Patent High School.

She married C. Herbert Staring on April 11, 1953, in the Presbyterian manse in Clinton. The couple made their home at the Staring farm where she was a homemaker, raised her family and helped with the daily chores. Mr. Staring died on May 23, 1991.

Lois is survived by her eight children, Joyce Thomas, Bonnie Staring, Mary Staring, Laurie (Brian) Widrick, Charlie (Tina) Staring, James (Joy) Staring, Juli (Philip) Birchenough, and Timothy (Brian Mooney) Staring; the pride of her life, her 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol (Harold) Wilson; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her two sons, Gary and David, her son-in-law, Brian Thomas, and her brother Thomas Rowlands.

Lois was a past member of Steuben Grange, FFA, and 4-H. She showed cattle at the Oneida County Fair and was a proud supporter of her children showing cattle at the Lewis County Fair, “never missing a day” and was very supportive of the dairy princess. Lois enjoyed knitting.

Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Dale Brown, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Turin Cemetery. Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the funeral home. The family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon at the Christian Community Center, Turin following the services.

Messages of sympathy may be shared at: www.sundquistfh.com