Lois Shortslef, 82

HANNIBAL, NY – Lois Shortslef, 82, most recently a resident of The Gardens in Oswego, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Lois Shortslef
Lois Shortslef

A lifelong resident of the Hannibal area, Lois Sylvia Blackburn was born May 10, 1936, in Hannibal, to James E. and Jessie (Poorman) Blackburn.

She attended Hannibal Central School, graduating in 1953.

In 1954 she married Harold “Chub” Shortslef of Sterling.

For decades Lois and Chub enjoyed performing country music with various friends all around Central New York and in recent years she was delighted to be included in the New York State Country Music Hall of Honor.

She was also a member of the Fulton Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Chub Shortslef, of Oswego; sons, Dennis (Cecelia) Shortslef, Doug (Melissa) Shortslef, both of Hannibal and Don Shortslef of Cary, N.C.; granddaughters, Emily, Caitlin, and Hannah Shortslef; brothers, James Blackburn and Harlow (Kathy) Blackburn; sisters, Janet Brancato and Bonnie (Fred) Watson; as well as several nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Lois will be remembered for the joy she took in visiting with family, friends, and loved ones; her love of singing and listening to music; her warm and generous spirit; the ease with which she made friends; her appreciation of nature; and (from earlier years) her enjoyment of entertaining, skiing, camping and playing her guitar.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at the First United Methodist Church, 1408 NY-176, Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Springs Academy/Worthy Student, 40 Spring Street Road, Union Springs, NY 13160 in Lois’ memory.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal, has care of arrangements.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.



  1. Sorry to hear of Lois passing.I remember the times I saw her and Chub at the Grocery Stores always had a smile and we had great conversations!

  2. Lois touched a lot of lives, I really enjoyed our chats when we saw each other. She will be missed, prayers to the family.

  3. Chub and family ,

    Sorry to hear of Lois passing.. When the Lord calls our loved ones home ,he leaves a gift of memories in exchange we will hold on to them memories . Ed and I loved Lois so much . Love follows us ,no matter how far .

  4. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lois family..She was a beautiful lady. I used to love to hear her sing. (Great Voice.) She will be missed.

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