Lois Lofgren (nee Larson)

Sept. 19, 1918 – Jan. 15, 2011

Lois Lofgren (nee Larson), 92, of Pewaukee, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. She was born born Sept. 19, 1918.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth (married in 1946); and her parents, Anton and Anna Larson of Rockford.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Sam) Foster, David, Curtis, Kathy (John) Waylock and Jane (Jeff) Phillips; grandchildren, Quinn (Cari) Hackett, John Waylock, Sarah Waylock, Chris Waylock and Nataly Lofgren; and nephew James Blixt (Sharon).

Lois was a 1936 graduate of Rockford (Illinois) High School and a proud 1940 graduate of University of Iowa. She began teaching in 1940 at Lincoln Park School (Rockford), then the largest country school in the U.S. She also taught speech and drama at Roosevelt Jr. High School and Lincoln Junior High (Rockford) from 1943 to 1946. Lois belonged to many women’s groups while living in Joliet and Kankakee, Ill., before moving to Pewaukee in 1957.

She was a founding member of the Gethsemane United Methodist Church of Pewaukee. She taught Sunday school, served as chair of the Memorial Committee and was the historian for the Records and History Committee. She served on the Missions Committee, Pastor Committee and Parish Committee, and was a member of the Naomi Circle. She established the first nursery school in Pewaukee in 1963 – The Community Nursery Center for Preschool Children.

She served as secretary of the Woman’s Club of Pewaukee (two times) and was an honorary member. She also served two secretary terms on the library board of the Barbara Sanborn Public Library (Pewaukee). She was secretary of the Pewaukee Historical Society.

She was a long standing member (50 years) of Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Alpha chapter. She taught at Kettle Moraine Middle School for 10 years and Meadow View Elementary School for two years.

In retirement, she served as Pewaukee’s Welcome Wagon representative (three years) and was the local correspondent for the Lake Country Reporter (two years). She was a member of the Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha and tutored three students in reading. She also was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and RSVP of Waukesha.

Gathering will be held from 2 p.m. until the 3:30 p.m. funeral service Monday, Jan. 24, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church of Pewaukee, 642 Main St., Pewaukee.

Memorials may be directed to Gethsemane United Methodist Church of Pewaukee, the Friends of the Pewaukee Public Library or the Pewaukee Area Historical Society.