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Lois Ann Fagre 1925-2010

Oct 5, 2010

ESTHERVILLE — Funeral service for Lois Ann Fagre of Estherville is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Estherville. Pastor Warren Baker will officiate.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Estherville.

Visitation is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

A P.E.O. service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Lois Ann Wigdahl Fagre was born July 9, 1925, in Ruthven, at her home to Elsie Cecilia (Hofstad) and Carl Gerhard Wigdahl. She departed on the morning of Oct. 3, 2010, at her home shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.

At the age of nine, Lois moved with her parents to Emmetsburg. While attending Emmetsburg High School she was a member of the Orchestra as well as a Majorette for the marching band. After graduating high school she attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she was a member of the Dolphin Swim Team and received a B.A in Psychology and Art. From college she moved to Kansas City, MO, where she worked two years for TWA (Trans World Airlines) as a Stewardess.

She returned to Emmetsburg, to work for her parents at Wigdahl Hardware where she met her husband, Stanley Fagre, when he was building the local Bethany Lutheran Church, the church at which she and Stanley were married on Dec. 28, 1950. Blessed to have been born to Lois and Stan were eight children: Charles, Val, Jon, Lee, Paul, Ann, Susan and Sonja.

While the children were growing up, Lois maintained an active interest as the Vice President of Fagre Construction and Estherville Sand and Gravel. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, Eastern Star and P.E.O.

Later in life, to keep active, Lois worked for the Turn of the Century House in Spirit Lake. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to Norway and Sweden while exploring her heritage, as well as, traveling to Israel, Curacao, Russia, and many states within the U. S., and went along with Stan to many military 30th Seabee reunions. Her greatest joy came from spending time with the ones she loved most, her husband, children and grandchildren. She was thankful for the many special friends she met throughout and who shared in her life.

Left to cherish Lois’ memory are her husband Stan; her children, Charles wife Mimi (Columbia, MO), Val wife Janet (Park City, UT), Jon wife Sandy (Ames), Lee wife Kristen (Waverly), Paul (Spirit Lake), Ann Fagre-Springer (Waverly), Susan (Eagan, MN), and Sonja (Estherville). Grandchildren: Shelagh O’Toole, Anna, Eric, Lucas and Ethan Fagre, Christian, MariAnn, and Matthew Springer, Carl, Ella, Gaile, Jon, Marcus and Britt Fagre and Isabel Fagre, as well as, her brother Lowell and his wife Marilyn and their children Eric, Laura, Mary, and Amy, nephew and niece Tim Fagre and Angela Fagre-Graham and many relatives on the Wigdahl-Hofstad side.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Lois’ family requests that memorials be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church or the P.E.O.