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Lois V. Thoreson 1911-2008

Sep 12, 2008

GRAETTINGER — Memorial service for Lois V. Thoreson of Graettinger is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Lost Island Lutheran Church in Ruthven. Pastor Luther Thoreson will officiate.

Burial will be in Lost Island Lutheran Cemetery, Ruthven. The Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Graettinger is in charge.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Graettinger.

Lois Virginia (Van Verth) Thoreson, the daughter of Henry and Clare (Kenniger) Van Verth, was born Aug. 24, 1911, in Bendina, KS. She went to Heaven on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg, at the age of 97 years.

Lois moved with her family as a child to Hiawatha, KS, where she received her education. Her first employment was working as a clerk in a dime store.

On Sept. 12, 1932, Lois was united in marriage to Norman Thoreson in Savannah, MO. In 1941, they moved to the Ole and Rena Thoreson farm, a half-mile south of Lost Island Lutheran Church, where Norman farmed and Lois assisted with the chores and field work. In 1966, they moved to Cherokee, where Norman worked at Lundell Manufacturing and Lois was a cook at Washington School for ten years. During her lifetime Lois was also a cook at both the Ruthven and Graettinger Schools.

In 1976, the couple moved to Graettinger. Lois loved to cook and spend time with her children. Norman went to Heaven on Dec.31, 1982, where he and now Lois await all their loved ones.

Lois was a member of Lost Island Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid. She also was a member of the Senior Citizen’s in Graettinger.

Grateful for having shared her life are her three children; daughter Beverly Hansen and her husband Lee of Story City; son Herbert Thoreson and his wife Lori of Sioux City; and son Paul Thoreson and his wife Bevv of Red Wing, MN; seven grandchildren: Nick Hansen, Janet Hansen, Jean Hansen, Amy Thoreson, Debra Thoreson, Robert Thoreson, Matthew Thoreson; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Lois in death were her husband Norman; a grandson Matthew Thoreson; an infant granddaughter Pamala Thoreson; great-grandson, Isiah Peter; her parents; two sisters Lavettta and Irma; and two brothers Willis and Adrian.