Lois K. Slauson

Jan. 21, 1923 - June 22, 2011
 

Lois K. Slauson was born Jan. 21, 1923, and passed peacefully Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

Lois was the loving mother of James (Jan) Slauson Jr., Ann (Steve) Hennings, Michael (Chris) Slauson, Lynn (Don) Cook and John Slauson. Lois is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, James Sr.; her son, Jeffrey Slauson; her sister, Harriet Sternkopf; her grandson, Bryan Gott; and her granddaughter, Julianna Schneider.

Lois and James were married for 58 years. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1993 with family and friends.

After raising her six children, Lois returned to college and completed her degree. She became a librarian and worked in the North Prairie and Eagleville Elementary school districts. Lois participated in starting the Waukesha County Library Federated System. Upon retiring, Lois and James moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark., to enjoy the weather and relax playing bridge and golf. While in Hot Springs Village, Lois helped initiate a recycling program, was a member of the Optimist Club, the Democratic Club, volunteered at the Coronado Center Library, Jessieville Elementary School Library and tutored students in reading and math.

Every summer, Lois and James would return to Wisconsin to spend time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They would divide their time spending part of it with their daughter Lynn at her home and then renting a house in Delafield. An annual family picnic was held in August of each summer and was open to all relatives and friends who knew the Slauson family. Many wonderful times were recorded on video by their grandson Peter Gott, and these treasured videos will be enjoyed for years to come.

Loisí interest in world history was reflected in her travels each year to different parts of the world. Lois traveled to China, Russia, England, Ireland, Australia, Paris, Rome, New Zealand, the Fiji islands and Costa Rica. Her traveling companions included Mary Danielson, her sister Harriet, daughter Ann, and granddaughter Jenny Beth.

When her husband James died in 2001, Lois continued to live in Hot Springs Village and carried on the tradition of coming to Wisconsin each summer. The family encouraged her to move back to Wisconsin, but it was difficult for Lois to give up her home, friends and activities in Arkansas. With her health needing more attention, she did return in 2006. Family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were all happy to have her back home in Wisconsin.

The family will deeply miss her enthusiasm for education, enjoyment of having a political debate, discussing a good book to read, her love of music, art and playing the traditional card game "Brains," but most of all, we will miss her loyalty and dedication to her family.

In honor of Lois, donations would be appreciated to Heifer International. This charity organization was very important to her. Thank you.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service Friday, July 8, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Forest Hill Cemetery in Pewaukee.

Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.