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Lois Hughes Vater

June 13, 1929 — May 15, 2023

Hanover, NH


Lois Hughes Vater, 93, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side, in Hanover NH on May 15, 2023. Formerly of Jamaica Plain, MA, Framingham, MA and Wolfeboro, NH, she was born in Boston, MA to Helen Scofield Hughes and William Graham Hughes.

Lois graduated from Chandler School for Women in 1949, working in several Boston businesses before marrying Alton (Al) Vater in 1952. Following her father’s untimely death in the late 1940s, Lois helped her brother carry on their father’s ice, coal and stove oil delivery business which eventually grew into Hughes Oil Company. In the 1950’s, Lois’ husband joined Hughes Oil, enabling Lois to raise her children and later return to the business until her retirement.

Lois and Al moved to Framingham, MA in 1954, living there for 35 years while raising their two daughters, Susan and Carol. During that time Lois was active in the church school and choir of the First United Methodist Church.

In the late 1950s, Lois and Al began vacationing with Loisbrother and sister-in-law in Wolfeboro, NH. The two couples later built a home together in the Port Wedeln Association on Lake Winnipesaukee. Throughout the years, Lois and Al enjoyed countless happy times at the Lake with their family and expanding circle of friends, eventually retiring to Wolfeboro.

After Al’s death in 2002, Lois moved to Sugar Hill Retirement Community, and continued to participate in Wolfeboro life, volunteering for 25 years at the annual Hospital Fair and The Chamber of Commerce, and as an active member of the First Congregational Church. In her later years, she moved to Hanover, NH to be near her daughter, Susan. 

Lois was predeceased by her beloved husband, Alton Vater. Lois was the loving mother of Susan Shadford (Stephen) and Carol Merchant (Michael), beloved Nana to Julie Odato, Kerry Friel, Kristin Mustonen, and Jill McKenna. Bringing joy to her later years were her great grandchildren whom she adored; Elliot, Louisa, Tenley, Sloane, Maeve, Clara and Ada . She will be dearly missed by her nephew, Bob Hughes and nieces, Lynn Hughes Berger, Barbara Hughes, great nephew, Dana Hughes and great niece, Jennifer Hughes.

Lois met the many transitions in her long life with grace and instilled a strong sense of family in those that follow her.

There will be a celebration of Lois’ life on June 5, 2023, 11:00AM, First Congregational Church Wolfeboro, 115 S. Main St., Wolfeboro. This will be followed by a burial at Lakeview Cemetery, N. Main St, Wolfeboro. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the compassionate staff of Wheelock Terrace, Hanover NH, and Bayada Hospice. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to First Congregational Church Wolfeboro UCC, P.O. Box 913 Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

The Baker-Gagne Funeral Home of Wolfeboro, NH, is assisting the family.


Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Monday, June 5, 2023

11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)

First Congregational Church

115 S Main St, Wolfeboro, NH 03894

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