Lois Paski, beloved former Bainbridge teacher, passes away

Beloved Bainbridge High School educator Lois Brockway Paski passed away Thursday, Aug. 7 at the age of 101.

Born in Nebraska, Paski moved with her family to Washington when she was only 4 years old. She graduated from Onalaska High School in 1929 and Washington State University in 1933.

Paski began her teaching career in LaCenter, Washington in 1933. She would also teach in Ilwaco, Wenatchee and Bothell before being hired at BHS in 1948, where she taught Home Economics until her retirement in 1970.

She met her husband Tom Paski, renowned BHS basketball coach, while teaching in Wenatchee. They were married in 1942.

During World War II, Paski moved with her husband to various military bases before finally settling at Yale University where her husband was Director of Training for the Air Force cadets.

In retirement, the couple traveled widely both throughout and outside of the country.

They both greatly enjoyed playing golf at the Wing Point Golf & Country Club, where she was the first woman to score a hole-in-one and won a number of trophies in club competition.

She loved attending reunions of Bainbridge High School graduating classes, and meeting up with former students.

Paski was also a member of Children's Hospital Circle of Care.

She was reported to be particularly proud when the Bainbridge Island School District, in recognition of their many years of service to Bainbridge Island, named the new school gymnasium in honor of both her and her husband.

Paski is preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her niece, Annie Pond as well as many friends and hundreds of caring students.

At her request, there will be no services or memorials.

It was her desire that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Bainbridge High School Scholarship Fund.

Mail donations to Bainbridge High School, 9330 NE High School Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

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