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Kristina Hernandez, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/17/2013 08:13:39 PM PDT
Updated: 03/17/2013 08:44:24 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Lois Lauer, a longtime prominent Realtor and philanthropist, died Saturday surrounded by loved ones at her home, family members said.

Her age was not disclosed.

Lauer, born and raised in Cincinnati, was a daughter of a prominent businessman who taught her the importance of giving back at a young age, her family said.

In 1946, Lauer moved to Redlands with her late husband, James, and purchased the Barq’s Bottling Co. in San Bernardino.

In 1963, Lauer became a Realtor. She established her own office in 1976 with two agents.

Over the years, the business expanded to two offices in the Inland Empire and more than 125 agents, including members of her own family — daughter Ann Bryan and her husband, Vaughn, and granddaughter, Kristin.

In 1999, the company became a Century 21 franchise and is now under the direction of her daughter and son-in-law.

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