Lois E. Behlke

Lois E. Behlke, a lifetime resident of Scranton died Tuesday morning at Dunmore Healthcare Center. Her husband was the late Robert R. Behlke who died in 1996. The couple had been married 49 years.

Born February 10, 1928 in Scranton, daughter of the late Louis E. and Elizabeth C. Youngblood Armbruster, she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and in her younger years was an Art Instructor at the I.C.S. She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church.

She was gifted in needle point, enjoyed sewing, quilting and making character dolls. She made many treasured items for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Dunmore Healthcare Center for their compassionate care. A special thank you to Maria, Martha, and Diana.

Surviving are daughters Sally Farris and her husband John of Dunmore and Betsy Sporer and her husband Michael of Scranton; grandchildren John Farris and his wife Amy, Christopher Farris and his wife Jess, Holly Timlin and her husband Michael, Robert Sporer and his partner Carla Mendygral, and Michael Sporer; great-grandchildren Emma, Erin, and Christopher Farris, Harrison, Lucy, and Charlie Timlin, and Jordan Stefanski; a brother Louis Armbruster and his wife Kay; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister Ruth Armbruster and her best friend Jeanne Brown.

Private graveside services will be held in Hickory Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter 967 Griffin Pond Road S. Abington Twp., PA 18411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vanston & James Funeral Home, Scranton and under the care and direction of Robert C Jones, funeral director. 

To share a memory or to express your condolences to the family please visit www.vanstonandjames.com


  1. Steve Eboli

    Sally and Betsy so sorry to hear of your moms passing She was such a wonderful lady and you all tool wonderful care of her I would see the love you had for her ,my mom Nellie her room was directly across your moms room I understand what you are feeling as my mom Nellie passes away April 26 May they test in peace Steve

  2. Barbie Brown Johnston & The Brown Family

    Dear Sally and Betsy and Families
    We are so saddened in the passing of Aunt Lois. She was a wonderful wife to Uncle Bob, mother and grandmother. What a special friendship she had with our mom, Jeanne Brown, her best friend for over 70 years! The “Four Musketeers” (Lois and Bob, Jeanne and Richard) had many, many fun times over the years and now they are all together again, having a beer and playing pinochle! Maybe a side of Dandelion Wine that Uncle Bob made too. Aunt Lois was a very special lady and will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Brown Family. She was always so gracious in opening up her home for us visitors throughout the years. I know she will be greatly missed…especially her wonderful laugh! Our thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time. Much Love!!!

  3. Sherry Falzone

    Sally and Betsy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Lois’ passing. Lois and Bob were the best neighbors through out my life. We had many great times and many memories. I know my parents thought the world of them also. GOD BLESS Lois, she is finally up in heaven with Bob.
    Love Eddie And Sherry Wilmarth Falzone

  4. Tiny and Romayne (Wilmarth) Sternosky

    Sally and Betsy and family, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. Your Mom was a wonderful friend and neighbor who we will always miss. She was a great person to know and laugh with. I will always remember you and all the great times we had growing up .

  5. Marilyn Taddonio

    Dear Sally & Betsy,
    Always thought highly of your Mom and Dad. Together, they left a beautiful family. Sending our love, Cousins Marilyn & Tom Taddonio

  6. Francis Koczwara

    Dear Family:
    Jill and I would like to express our deepest condolences on your Mother’s passing. We had great times together at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, especially during the Golden Age Celebrations. It was a lot of fun.
    May she rest in peace in God’s hands and cherish her memory.
    Frank & Jill Koczwara Greenwood, SC

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