March 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

My daughters, Cindy and Jean, are helping me curate some of the stories and memories that have shaped my life. Because my hands and fingers are too gnarled and stiff, I am unable to use a keyboard. So, instead, Jean and Cindy are collaborating to help write my stories.

Isolating during COVID in a care facility was extremely lonely. My kids and grandkids kept in touch with me by phone and Zoom, but I miss seeing my family and friends. Working on this family history project with Jean and Cindy helped me cope. I never tire of reminiscing about my life stories.

Cindy visits me at my window. We talk by phone while looking at each other through the glass. I enjoy her updates about friends and family and chatting about my online memoirs. Cindy (or sometimes John) takes me to essential medical appointments—the only times that I can leave Brookdale Assisted Living. She brings my beloved (and spoiled) dog, Mittsi, which makes me very happy. Cindy prolongs my outings with a scenic drive along the river. These escapes are pleasant, but it’s always hard to go back.


Saturday, August 13

Lois passed away on August 6, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. In honor of her life, we are making her stories accessible to anyone who is interested in reading and sharing them. You do not need to register. If you have any problems accessing the stories email:

Neighborhood Pony Herd

By Jean Storlie / May 21, 2021 /

Fairly early in our move to Greenwald Coulee, the Fishers fenced in their adjacent lot and bought a palomino Shetland pony, named Pal. The neighbor kids flocked to the Fishers’ house to fawn over Pal. Our girls, especially Cindy, became enchanted with the idea of us having a pony, too. That triggered us to consider if…

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Roughing it on Lower Eau Claire Lake

By Jean Storlie / July 21, 2021 /

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