Memorial services for Lois A. Schuchmann, 91, of West Union, will be 10:30 am Monday, March 11, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union with Rev. David Grant officiating. Inurnment will follow at West Union Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2-4:00 pm also at the Zion Lutheran Church. Memorial donations may be given to Iowa Department for the Blind at 524 4th Street, Des Moines IA 50309-2364 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting the family.
Lois Adeline (Kiel) Schuchmann was born in Fayette County, Iowa on September 13, 1921 on a farm south of West Union. She was the oldest child of Louis and Blanche (Stansberry) Kiel. She was baptized in the United Methodist Church, Fayette and became a communicant member of the Zion Lutheran Church, West Union on October 12, 1945.
Lois graduated from Fayette High School in 1939 and earned a B.A. Degree from Upper Iowa University in 1965. She took graduate work from Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls and correspondence from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Lois taught in Rowley, Maynard, Hawkeye, and West Union for a total of 32 years, retiring in 1984.
On January 7, 1944 Lois was united in marriage with Clarence Edwin Schuchmann in Grand Island, Nebraska, St. John’s Methodist Church. She returned to teaching in Maynard while Clarence flew to England to fly B17’s.
Lois was a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association, Hannah Circle of The Zion Lutheran Church in West Union, Town and Country Quilter’s Guild, she taped requested material for The Commission for the Blind Library in Des Moines, for which Lois received an award from Governor Terry Branstad.
Lois was preceded in death by a daughter Loraye Anne in infancy, her husband Clarence, her parents and her brother Hubert Kiel.
She is survived by her son Kent (Patricia) Schuchmann of West Union and their sons, Todd in Florida, and Chad in North Carolina; her daughter Alayne (James) McMillan of Modesto, California and their sons, Troy Youngblut of West Union, and Jubal and Alexander, of Modesto; nine great-grandchildren; one great great grandson; brother-in-law Al Schuchmann, Pinckey, MI; nieces; nephews; neighbors; friends and former students.
Lois and her grandson Troy have been residing together since the death of her husband in 2006, until she moved to Stoney Brook Assisted Living in West Union.