Lois A. Koester

Lois A. (Schnor) Koester, 63, of Sumner, died Saturday, February 1, 2014, at her home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 7, 2014, at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls with Rev. Dennis Hanson officiating.  Interment will be at 2:30 p.m., Friday at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Sumner.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 6th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be given in her name to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 

Lois Ann, daughter of Claire and Velma Nicklaus Schnor, was born March 20, 1950, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner, Iowa. She was baptized in April of 1950, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Richfield by Rev. Diemer and confirmed March 22, 1964, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner by Rev. John Mohr. She graduated from West Central High School in Maynard in May of 1968. On November 20, 1970, she was united in marriage with Stanley Dean Koester at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner by Rev. Kurtz. Lois had worked at Sinclair/First Miss at Randalia and as secretary at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner for thirty- two years prior to retiring in November of 2011. She taught Sunday school, confirmation and vacation bible school at St. John, and also had served on the hospital board, hospital auxiliary, hospital marathon, American Legion auxiliary, and Jaycettes. Lois loved spending time with family and friends, playing with the grandchildren, riding motorcycle with Stan, traveling, and playing cards and dominos with friends.        

In addition to her husband, Stan of Sumner, Lois is survived by her children, Dean (Sara) Koester of Sumner and Angela (Marc) Rath of Cedar Falls; her grandchildren, Keeley Rath, Emma Koester, Teeghen Rath, Aiden Koester, and Claire Koester, all at home; her adopted grandson, Levi Miller of Sumner; her father, Claire Schnor and his wife, Carol of Oelwein; two sisters, Lisa (Bob) Guttormson of Calmar and Tonya Schnor of Cedar Rapids; and uncles, aunts, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Velma Schnor, and grandparents, Ervin and Velma Schnor and Andrew and Melinda Nicklaus.


Lynn Scott on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM said:

Stan, Dean & family, and Angie & family -

My most sincere condolences. I can't remember a time when I didn't see Lois at the church in some capacity. I know she loved all of you so much and that her grandchildren brought her great joy. She, and all of you, fought the good fight and now be comforted in the knowledge that she is pain free and watching over all of you until you are together again. You are in my prayers.
Pat and Carol Snyder on February 6, 2014 at 7:43 AM said:

Stan and all your family,

Lois was a very special person. She suffered a long time with her cancer, but always carried on with a positive and cheerful attitude. In her work at St Johns, she shared her compassion and true interest in others, always ready to lend an ear and her contagious smile. She will be missed!
Ron Poock on February 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM said:

Stan: I was saddened to read of the loss of your wife. May the love and memories you've shared for so many years bring you comfort now. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Cal & Lois Tschetter on February 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM said:

Angie, Marc, Keeley, & Teeghen,
We extend our love and deepest sympathy to all of you and your family at this difficult time. God knows and understands your sadness and He will keep you close in this time of your mother's and grandmother's loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike & Nancy Petersen on February 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM said:

Stan & family,
Lois was such a special person and she will most certainly be missed. Thoughts are with you all-may God's peace be with you in the days ahead.
Carol (Nacke)Walker on February 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM said:

Stan & Family;
My thoughts and prayers are with you. It has been awhile
since I had talked with Lois at the church but always stopped by when I had an opportunity. As others have said, she was a great listener and such a bubbly person. She always asked about my family. Lois was also a very good friend to my mom, Irene. She will definitely be missed by many.
Mike & Linda McDaniel on February 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM said:

Stan, Dean, Angie & family, Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. Remember the good memories of her in your heart. Lois was a good and kind person and she will be missed by many. Our prayers are with you all.
Larry & Rita Hickey on February 4, 2014 at 4:39 PM said:

Angie & Family
Our deepest sympathy to all of you, You are in our thoughts and prayers, If you need anything we are here for you! I have heard many wonderful stories about your Mom. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.
Kristi & Rusty Wyatt on February 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM said:

Stan & family,

So sorry to hear about Lois. There is not much we can say to lessen the pain; just know you have friends who are here for you.

Sending love, hugs and prayers to you and all your family.
LaVonne Seehase & Darwin Seehase on February 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM said:

So,sorry to hear about, Lois.. We just talked about her last week, was wondering how she was doing. She will always be remembered.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,Stan
and the family.
Arloa Leyh on February 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM said:

I have not been to Sumner in a long while but every time I visited I would stop by to talk with Lois in her office. She will be missed. She was always a sweet and friendly gal. Condolences to the family.
Marilyn Borcherding Wottreng on February 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM said:

My deepest sympathies to you on your loss. Lois was a wonderful, joyful person to be around. May God be near to comfort and sustain you at this difficult time.
Cindy Schoonover on February 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM said:

An angel on earth...and now an angel in Heaven. She always had a listening ear. We shared lots of laughs, tears and hugs. I will miss my dear friend
Geri Salisbury on February 4, 2014 at 8:39 AM said:

My most sincere sympathies and prayers for the whole family. Lois was a kind generous person. She and I had many conversations during the time I too was fighting cancer. She did such a wonderful job at St Johns office. She will be missed but she will be watching over her family. Their guardian angel for sure.
Sheila Elsey on February 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM said:

Stan & Family

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family at this difficult time. No more suffering, and she is in a beautiful place. You will ALWAYS have the memmories.
Nancy Foelske on February 4, 2014 at 5:39 AM said:

Claire and Carol,
You have my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. Cherish the many memories you have. It is never easy to let a child go.
Dean & Joyce Craun on February 4, 2014 at 4:58 AM said:

Stan & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lois was so much fun to be around, we played a lot of cards with you and Lois. I remember getting together at the pizza place in Sumner before our class reunion with Ron & Deb, Dale and both of you. We had some good memories and a lot of laughs together, we wanted it to go on forever. Lois is a very special person and may God be with you. Lois was loved and will be missed.
Heather Schuler on February 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM said:

Lois was an amazing women who will be missed by many. She has a smile that could light up a room. I am a better person from knowing her! Thoughts and Prayers to her family

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