Resident Spotlight: Meet Lois Riney!

Meet Lois, Waterford’s Resident Spotlight for December! Lois was born and raised in Blue Island, IL, to parents Mildred Schreiber and Fred “Smokey” Voss. The family was complete when, four years after Lois was born, her little sister Carole came along. Beginning at the age of four, Jewel Anderson, a local dance teacher, would arrive at the family home and turn the dining room into a dancing studio to tutor Lois in the fine art of dance. Soon enough, while still in her young teens, Lois joined the dance group “Topsy Turvy Girls”. By the age of 16, Lois had joined Avery Productions and was being paid to dance across the USA. During this time, a MGM Talent Scout “discovered” Lois during one of her performance and she was offered a job dancing in Hawaii for three whole months during her senior year of High School. Throughout her dancing career and all the traveling it required, Lois maintained her academics and was very involved in extracurricular school activities. She was a part of the Campfire Girls (aka Girl Scouts) and she joined both the Cheer Squad and the Drama Club at Blue Island Community High School after completing her schooling at Lincoln Elementary and Whitier Jr. High. Post-graduation, Lois continued to use her dancing skills, this time by being the dance choreographer for musicals including the Pitt Players under the direction of Gloria Pitt and Showcase Theater in Blue Island under the direction of Dan Flynn. Lois says that dancing was her main priority, and also the best part of her life. Lois’ favorite job was when she could travel the world to dance, and later, after she married Robert Riney in 1954, her husband put the “bug” in her brain that she ought to continue to dance. Lois and Robert had met in a tavern amid the excitement of a local baseball team’s big win. Throughout Lois and Robert’s 36 years together, they had 8 children, three girls and five boys, where the last two children were a set of twin boys. Lois now had 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Since moving to Waterford, Lois has appreciated all the help and loves living at Waterford. While searching for a new place to call home, Lois saw two other retirement communities before deciding on Waterford. She enjoys the pool, especially the Aqua Aerobics classes, and joins in on the other morning exercise classes as well. Lois joins in on community Bingo games and particularly loves the Friday Happy Hours with entertainment. Lois also enjoys the food at Waterford, and thinks the meals are all delicious! When asked what her secret to a long life is, Lois responded that she never expected to live so long! She said it’s important to keep busy, consistently exercise, and to eat well. She also shared that life is too short – it’s important to be kind to one another. We are so thankful to have such a lovely person in our community and we are glad Lois feels the same!
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