Funeral services for Lois A. Ascherl of Emmetsburg, and formerly of Clare, were held Monday, Feb. 11, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Clare. The Rev. Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiated.
Burial was in St. James Catholic Cemetery in Clare. The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be directed to:
The Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001-2997
Lois Ann Ascherl, was born Feb. 27, 1933 in Clare, the daughter of Ernest and Mary (Fitzgerald) Albrecht. Lois attended St. Matthew's Catholic School in Clare, graduating in 1950. After high school she worked for a short time as a bookkeeper in an Abstract Office. She also worked in the office at National Gypsum Mills and at the Fort Dodge Laboratories, all in Ft. Dodge.
On April 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Paul Duane Ascherl at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Clare. The young couple made their home north of Ft. Dodge for a few years before moving into Ft. Dodge in 1959. In May of 1962, they moved to Clare and in 1969 they moved to an acreage in Deer Creek Township northwest of Ft. Dodge. Lois also worked at the Deer Creek Election Polling location. In 1982, Paul moved to Janesville, WI, where he worked for Hormel and Lois and Luke followed in the summer of 1983. Lois started working in the dental office of Dr.'s Tim and Tom Cain in Janesville until she retired in 1998 and moved to Emmetsburg.
Lois became a resident of the Emmetsburg Care Center in 2012 and passed away at the Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg on Feb. 6, 2013, reaching the age of 79 years, 11 months and 10 days.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. While living in Clare she was active with St. Matthew's Catholic Church, the churches ladies guild and Monican Mothers and while living in Janesville she was a member of St. William's Catholic Church. Her faith was precious to her and she saw to it that her boys received a Catholic Education.
Lois's pride and joy came when she was able to spend countless hours with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed singing, playing the piano, cards, laughing, family and friends. She was a good cook; she never used a cookbook and could prepare a meal to feed an Army which she did twice daily when the kids were all at home and on holidays.
Her memories will be cherished by her husband, Paul of 55 years; her eight sons and their spouses, Matthew and Elaine of Sheldon; Todd and Cathy of Tryon, NE; Mark and Annie of The Colony, TX; David and Sandy of Janesville, WI; Michael and Joan of Ft. Dodge; Joseph and Donna of Granville; John and Stefanie of Panama City, FL and Luke and Amy of Eagle Grove; 29 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Maurice and his wife, Betty Albrecht of Davenport; a sister-in-law, Alice Albrecht of Ft. Dodge, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, her parents, a brother, Ernie and a sister and her husband, Olive and Jerry Neil.
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