Lois A. Zilhaver, age 84, a lifelong resident of Cambridge Springs, PA died peacefully on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jeff Sayers, Waterford, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Erie, PA, Lois was a daughter of the late H. LeRoy Stafford and Laura Brask Bunting. On November 21, 1945 she married Ray M. Zilhaver who died on April 7, 2008.

Zilhaver, Lois A.Lois graduated from Cambridge Springs High School in 1944 and after her marriage in 1945, she and her husband, Ray, owned and operated a dairy farm in Cambridge Springs. Over the years she was employed as a school bus driver, a cafeteria worker, and eventually retired from the General Telephone Company. After selling the farm in 1977, she and her husband enjoyed many winters in Florida. Lois enjoyed her family and took special notice of their needs, providing the highest quality of one-to-one attention that was unique for each person. She enjoyed traveling, golf, and embroidery. She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Luther Church in Drakes Mills.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lois was preceded in death by an infant son- Dale, and a grandson – Jeremy Atkin. Surviving family members include daughters – Sandra Mook of Cambridge Springs and her friend, Doug Bensink of Clymer, NY; Linda Sayers and her husband, Jeffry of Waterford; and Valerie Atkin and her husband, Dennis of Cambridge Springs; sons – Jeffry Zilhaver of Meadville and Keith Zilhaver and his wife, Judy of Cambridge Springs; a sister-in-law, Ida May Right of Cambridge Springs. Her grandchildren include Jay Mook and his wife, Roseann, Brian Zilhaver and his wife, Heather, Shane Machacek and his fianc???e, Wendy Rotkovecz, Scott Zilhaver and his wife, Stephanie, Carmen McElfresh and her husband, Ehren, Kina Atkin, and Logan Atkin; great grandchildren – J.D., Caylee, Raven, Kenny, McKayla, George, Zack, J.T., Isaac, Sydney, Sophia, Shannon, and Rylin.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral services will be held there Monday morning at 11:00 with Vicar Brian Riddle of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church of Drakes Mills officiating. Private interment will be held in Mitchell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Jeremy Atkin Memorial Scholarship Fund % Edinboro University Development Office, Edinboro, PA 16422; Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine Street, Meadville, PA 16335; or to St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 25812 Mt. Pleasant Road, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403.