|Birth: ||Dec. 7, 1940|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 1992|
New York, USA
Louise was born to Florence Frances [Guenon] Striffler (1904-1996) and Joseph A Striffler (1904-1975) on what is now Edgewood Rd in Sewickley, not far from the house where she grew up on Big Sewickley Creek Road. She was born at home, a somewhat "later" baby for her parents, as her brother Ed and sister Mary Lee were just 11 months apart and were 12 and 13 at the time she was born. She was named for her mother's older half sister, Louise.
After high school Louise spent a short time in nurses training. Not so much out of a passion for the work, but resignation to a choice that both her mother and sister had made. She really did love Mechanical Drawing but was discouraged from pursuing it as a career. Second choice after that was art, but her parents couldn't get excited about that, so nursing it was. By this time she was already dating Paul Voos, and together they decided to get married, and did so on Friday night, May 1, 1959.
Louise and Paul had three children, Paul Scott, Charlotte Ruth and Andy.
By 1974 Louise was ready to do something other than homemaking. She started to take a real estate class, but Paul gave her a lot of resistance about that, so she quietly let it go. A few months later, she got a set of Grumbacher oil paints for Christmas and started to pick up an interest that had begun to develop in high school. At first she was painting small local landscapes and animals, but in the next few years she made some connections that really propelled her art.
By all accounts, Louise made every effort to leave the world a more inspired place than the way she'd found it. Her son Andy wrote: "I am reminded of her in so many extraordinary and miniscule ways. We all have some of her artwork hanging in our houses, and my niece, just 10 months old when Louise died, has taken up painting as a passionate hobby and produced some incredible work."
Her death was on a sunny Saturday afternoon, August 22, 1992, while she was visiting her nephew, Joe Striffler, and his family in Syracuse, NY.
This account of Louise's life was written by her son, Andy Joos.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered at her home in Clarks Mills, Pennsylvania
Created by: Judy Cain Bowser
Record added: Oct 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60615204
Your Quaker Valley High School classmates hold fond memories of you. You will never be forgotten.|
Added: Dec. 29, 2010