Lt. Col. Lois Cook White, 85

HANNIBAL, NY – Lt. Col. Lois Cook White, 85, of Oswego, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Lt. Col. Lois Cook White
Lt. Col. Lois Cook White

Born in Oswego, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Gertrude (Lathrop) Cook.

Lois graduated from Hannibal High School in 1949 and with her twin sister, Lucy, entered nursing school at General Hospital of Syracuse graduating in 1952.

In 1953, she and her twin sister joined the United States Air Force Nurse Corps.

While stationed at Bolling AFB in Washington, D.C., she met and married her husband, Don, in November 1955.

Her other assignments were in Madrid, Spain; Great Falls, Montana; Merced, California and Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada.

Lois retired as a Lt. Col. from the Air Force in 1973 after 20 years of service.

She was a former member of the Retired Air Force Nurses Association and the Fayetteville Chapter of the D.A.R.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, SMSGT Donald L. White of Oswego; a brother, Courtney C. (Mary) Cook of Hannibal; twin sister, Lucy C. Fuss of Hannibal; sister, Mary E. Hudson of Greenburg, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial at Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of the arrangements.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. On behalf of the Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN), please know we are also mourning with you the death of our friend and colleague, Lieutenant Colonel Lois White. She was a charter member of our Society. You are not alone in remembering a truly wonderful person who made a difference in the lives of so many. Lois will be missed, and she will not be forgotten by her “Air Force Nurse Corps Family.”
    Linda J. Stierle, Brigadier General, USAF (Retired)

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