Lois J. (Cheff) Mariano was born July 2, 1935 in Butte, Montana and died from complications due to Covid-19 on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Norwood Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Homer and Helen (Rizzi) Cheff of Placerville, California. Lois is survived by her brother, Bill Cheff and his wife Grace of Oroville, California, her former husband and father of her two children, Dr. Arcangelo (Lino) Mariano of Canton, her daughter, Susan Mariano of Stoughton, her son Tom and his wife Amy of Stoughton and two granddaughters, Gianna and Gabriella, many nieces and nephews, including Stuart Cheff of San Ramon, California and Steven Cheff of Newcastle, Maine and their families. She was a long-time resident of Canton and, most recently, Norwood.
Lois earned a Masters in Nursing from California State University, Chico and practiced psychiatric, public health and hospice nursing. She also taught nursing at Laboure΄ College. Volunteer work was important to Lois and included becoming a Girl Scout leader for many years guiding girls to discover their own talents and passions. Lois loved to travel and brought her Troop along on several trips, including the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN and Washington, DC. Lois was a Canton Garden Club member and taught flower arranging with a special interest in Ikebana. Lois' love for travel included road trips in the family camper with her children to explore our nation's landmarks and national parks, including the Badlands, Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite, to name a few, as well as exploring Canada. She was a host family for International Exchange Students and a residential counselor for Boys Hope/Girls Hope. Throughout her life Lois had a very special place in her heart for her many pets.
Due to the coronavirus, private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to Neponset Valley Humane Society, an animal rescue group Lois supported. Donations can be made on line, www.neponsethumane.org, or mail to PO Box, 544 Norwood, MA 02062.