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Lois V. Thoreson

Sep 11, 2008

RUTHVEN – A memorial service for Lois V. Thoreson, 97, of Graettinger will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at Lost Island Lutheran Church in Ruthven with Pastor Luther Thoreson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Henry-Olson funeral Chapel in Graettinger. Interment will be at Lost Island Lutheran Cemetery in Ruthven.

She went to Heaven Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg.

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

Lois moved with her family as a child to Hiawatha, Kan., 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 10 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, Minn. Seven grandchildren, Nick Hansen, Janet Hansen, Jean Hansen, Amy Thoreson, Debra Thoreson, Robert Thoreson, and 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. On-line condolences may be sent to www.hernyolsonfuneral.com