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Lois Salmon Toole

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On February 16, 2021 @ 5:49 pm In Chesterland,Obituaries | 17 Comments


LOIS SALMON TOOLE age 90, beloved wife for 67 years of David; loving mother of Brad (wife Georgiann) and Jeffrey (wife Sheri); devoted grandmother of Stephanie (Ryan Schliesman) and Mark (wife Emily); cherished daughter of the late C. Vernon and Irene (nee Halstead) Salmon; dearest sister of Verna Dugan (husband William deceased), Walter Salmon (wife Gay deceased) and the late Edward Salmon, and step sister of Gene Krohn and Jenny Rose (husband Shep); dear aunt, cousin and friend of many.

Lois Ann Salmon was born in January 1931 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and passed peacefully on February 14, 2021.  Lois was raised on the Atlantic Coast in Belford, New Jersey. In 1952, she received her B.A. from Douglass College of Rutgers University. During the summer of her senior year, Lois met David Toole on a blind date at a beach party. They were married in 1953.

After living in upstate New York for more than a decade, in 1968 Lois, Dave and their young sons settled in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. In 1976, she began taking watercolor courses at the fledgling Valley Art Center. Although painting in oils had been her lifelong passion, Lois quickly discovered the joy and challenge of painting exclusively in transparent watercolor. Following entries in local art shows, Lois quickly gained success exhibiting her artwork across the country. Over a span of more than 40 years, Lois exhibited in 500 major National/International juried shows. She won 165 awards, and achieved Signature Membership in 17 professional art organizations (including National Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, Transparent Watercolor Society of America – Master Status, American Society of Marine Artists, Miniature Artists of America, the watercolor societies of Ohio, New Jersey, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, National Association of Women Artists, Salmagundi Club, NY, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, and the venerable Whiskey Painters of America). Lois exhibited in numerous solo, group, and invitational shows from coast-to-coast and abroad. She also displayed her work at numerous Northern Ohio venues, including the Chagrin Valley Art Center’s annual Art in the Park, Boston Mills Artfest and Cain Park Art Show, among many others.

Lois’ artwork is featured in 14 publications, including two instruction books (Painting Ships, Shores, and the Sea and Watercolor Skies and Clouds Techniques by 23 International Artists), as well as Modern Masters of Miniature Art In America, Splash 3, Splash 7, Splash Retrospective – 20 Years of Contemporary Excellence, and Best of Watercolor 1 and 3. Lois juried local, national, and international exhibitions, has a personal “vertical file” in the American Art Museum Library at the Smithsonian Institution, and is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Art.

For 15 years, Lois coordinated with the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce their invitational Art in the Park shows, and she served on the Valley Art Center’s Board as well as its Advisory Board. She and Dave were honorary co-chairs of a 2017 fundraiser for the Valley Art Center at which they were honored for their many years of service.

In addition to her art career, for 45 years Lois was a member of the Chagrin Falls Methodist Church’s English handbell choir, one of a handful of professional handbell choirs that performed all over Northeast Ohio, and she and Dave ushered at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Lois to the Cleveland Orchestra or Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls. Private family services were held at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND.


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Condolence from Tim & Priscilla Mohr on February 17th, 2021 1:23 pm

Tim and Priscilla Mohr — we became the best of friends with Lois and Dave through our experiences enjoying the Cleveland Orchestra together and their love of the Cleveland Indians. That led to many visits, picnics, dinner gatherings and telephone conversations over the years with Dave and Lois.
We will miss Lois and offer our sympathy to the Toole family

Condolence from Richard Bain on February 17th, 2021 1:29 pm

Jean and I send our condolence for this loss. Your mom was a wonderful lady. I remember very distinctly the several times I saw your mom at art festivals and spending some time with her and your dad. I always enjoyed speaking with her. She was so proud of you guys. Time will be your greatest source of comfort as you come to fully comprehend and deal with your loss. May your Mom’s memory always be a blessing for you.
Warmest personal regards,
Rick and Jean

Condolence from Alec Rose on February 21st, 2021 11:19 pm

I’m so sorry to learn today that Aunt Lois passed away. She and her family were part of every Christmas during my childhood and so many other visits to my grandparents home. She was always kind, created so many beautiful paintings, and had fascinating stories to tell. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

Condolence from Stuart Krohn on February 22nd, 2021 9:56 am

My deepest condolences to you for the passing of Lois. My name is Stuart Krohn and I am the grandson of Marc Krohn. Our families were tied together through a lifetime of friendship. God bless Lois, and all of your clan.

Condolence from Jennifer Germond Biely on February 22nd, 2021 6:47 pm

We are so sorry to hear of cousin Lois’ passing. She was my mom Norma Jean’s cousin and best friend growing up together. She dearly loved Lois and will always love her. Lois was closer than a sister to my mom. They were sister-cousins. They moved apart after college of course, but they still stayed connected over the years with visits and phone calls. I know my mom misses her and wishes to send her love to your family. I heard many wonderful and fun stories about them. I met Lois several times over the years during the holidays and visits back East with family. One of the highlights of my visits would be to hear cousin Lois in her bell choir at Christmas. I will always treasure the miniature painting that Lois gave me for my wedding and think fondly of her when I see it every day. Please know that we send our love and condolences to your family. From Jennifer Germond and Norma Jean and Henry Germond.

Condolence from Ralph Richard on February 22nd, 2021 7:14 pm

Sorry for your loss. May the Lord provide you with peace and warm memories of the beautiful time you enjoyed together.

Condolence from Pam and Dave Spremulli on February 24th, 2021 8:37 pm

Lois was a lovely, beautiful, strong and graceful women – an inspiration for so many. Her talents surpassed her amazing watercolors – see observed life with a keen eye, absorbing light and color. My heart is sad and my prayers are with Dave and family. God bless you Lois ❤️

Condolence from George Jacobs on February 25th, 2021 10:04 am

Dave, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Over the years that we worked together, I always enjoyed hearing about Lois and her current art show and news that you shared with me. You were so very fortunate to have so many years of wonderful times together. I know that you will cherish those memories.

Condolence from Ron Beahn on February 25th, 2021 11:44 am

Dave, I just found about Lois. You have my deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed working with Lois, she was a tremendous artist.

Condolence from Jack/Sandy Mulhollen on February 25th, 2021 2:23 pm

Sandy and I are sending our condolences to you and your family in the passing of Lois. Our paths have crossed many times while exhibiting at art shows and gatherings, and we have always enjoyed the pleasant conversations which followed.
She was a fine artist and friend .

Condolence from Dewey Forward on February 25th, 2021 4:47 pm

Hi Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. I always like your Lois, and the two of you make such a beautiful couple. I hope her light and art stay with you the rest of your days. ….. Dewey.

Condolence from Patti Valencic on February 25th, 2021 5:46 pm

Dave. I am so sorry for your loss. I was always so fond of Lois. She treated me so well when I pet sat for you. She was genuinely interested in my life and doings. Your are in our prayers.

Condolence from susan feick on March 1st, 2021 7:12 pm

Suzie and Paul Feick
We enjoyed being friends with Lois and Dave when we lived in Chagrin Falls and attended the Methodist Church. Lois was a special friend in Rachael Circle and was missed when she left to devote full time to her artwork.
Our condolences to Dave and family. She was a lovely lady.

Condolence from Ann Barker on March 2nd, 2021 9:16 pm

Jeff, I had so much admiration for your dear mother and her great talent. You were a superior student way back in Sixth Grade. Your mother was very proud of you. I am sad for your family’s great loss.

Condolence from Christine Diehlmann on March 14th, 2021 7:03 pm

My condolences to Lois’ family and friends! Lois will be missed by all her ASMA friends.

Condolence from Jennifer Sowders on March 24th, 2021 1:48 am

So sorry for your loss. I really cherished the time I got to know Lois and in learning from her wise artistic council. She impacted me as an artist and I am so much better for it. I have been so blessed by her kindness. Heartfelt condolences….

Condolence from Amber Slane on April 4th, 2021 11:27 am

Lois Salmon Toole was a rarity in contemporary society: she was an elegant, poised woman with impeccable manners. Indeed, she was a true lady of refinement with keen intelligence and astounding artistic talent which she developed to the fullest through constant study and self-discipline. She was clearly a devoted wife and also a generous benefactor civically, especially in the realms of arts and culture. I was lucky to have interacted with the ever-gracious Lois periodically over decades through several of the local visual art centers and through the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. My husband also appreciated the sincere cordiality of Lois and Dave when we happened upon them at various Cleveland Orchestra performances.

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