Lois (Vandall) Siggelkow, a longtime resident of Buffalo and Ellicottville, died Sept. 5, 2014, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville. She was 92. Most recently a resident of Brompton Heights Assisted Living in Williamsville, she and her husband had also spent winters in Naples, Fla., for over 25 years.
Lois Vandall was born on March 3, 1922, in Yankton, S.D., the youngest of six children of Benedict and Sybil Conger Vandall. A natural storyteller with a phenomenal memory, Lois never forgot the dire conditions that her farm family endured during the Dust Bowl days of her youth nor the fun of simpler times. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also earned a master’s degree in home economics and worked as a nutritionist at the Children’s Lab School. In December 1945, she married Richard A. Siggelkow, who predeceased her in May.
For 20 years she taught home economics at Sweet Home Middle School in Amherst, where she also served as department chairperson.
After purchasing land on Bryant Hill Road in Ellicottville in 1964, Lois and Dick lovingly restored their 1830s farmhouse, and Lois took the lead in rehabilitating the historic cemetery they discovered on their property. Research into the lives of the early residents of Bryant Hill Road, many of whom were buried in the cemetery, led to her official position as Ellicottville town historian, a position she held for 18 years. She was famous for her delicious dinners and for her hospitality.
Lois is survived by two sons, Richard T. (Barbara Hart) of Tomkins Cove, and James Siggelkow of Buffalo, as well as two granddaughters, Alison Siggelkow of Berkeley, Ca., and Shauna Siggelkow of Brooklyn, N.Y., in addition to many nieces and nephews.
A luncheon to celebrate the life of Lois Siggelkow will be held for family and friends on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at The Birdwalk, 5816 Route 242E in Ellicottville. Donations in Lois’s memory may be made to the Ellicottville Historical Society, 2 Washington St., Ellicottville, NY 14731. Online condolences can be sent to www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.