Lucille J. Howson

Lucille J. Howson, 89, of West Bend, died on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 at the Health Care Center of Cedar Community.

Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, Sept. 25, at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church with Rev. Jon Bartlett officiating.

Burial will be in Prairie Union Cemetery in Clinton, Iowa.

Visitation will be at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend from 4 until 8 p.m., Sunday, and also Monday at the church only from 11 until 11:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requested memorials to Cedar Community Hospice.

She was born Aug. 7, 1917 in Clinton, Iowa to the late Herman and Helen (nee Chatterton) Goers and married Roy E. Howson on June 19, 1938 in Low Moor, Iowa. That same year, they moved to Beloit where they resided for the next 28 years. Roy predeceased Aug. 24, 1999.

Not only was she a wonderful mom, she became very active as a Pythian Sister with the Beloit Lodge No. 40, ultimately becoming the Grand Chief for the state of Wisconsin in 1955-56. She then joined the work force to help put her two boys through school.

Excelling in everything she did, in 1964 she was crowned the Beloit Credit Woman of the Year. In 1966 they moved to West Bend where she was soon employed at the West Bend Company.

Affectionately known as Mother Superior by those that worked for and with her, she finally began to enjoy retirement in 1979, but missed the ladies at the office. In 1981, she then organized the West Bend Women’s Retirees Group that still meets today at various area restaurants.

Golf, travel, bridge all became her passions as well as visiting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lucille and Roy have been members of the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church since moving to West Bend 40 years ago.

She is survived by two sons, Dick, with his wife Linda Howson, of Redmond Wash. and her other son, Roy Howson Jr. of South Beloit Ill.; her two sisters Marian Johnston of Clinton Iowa and Hannabelle Cork of Danville, Ill.; two grandsons Richard and Robert; and four great-grandchildren, who also live with their families in Washington state, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by two sisters, Merrette and Margaret, who both succumbed to the flu epidemic of 1918.

She will be missed by her loving family and the many wonderful friends who have come to know and love her.

Her family extends their heartfelt gratitude to those at Cedar Bay West and the Cedar Health Care Center for their kindness and loving care our mother received for the past four years.

There will be a visitation at Snell-Zornig Funeral home in Clinton, Iowa on Tuesday followed by internment at Prairie Union Cemetery near Low Moor, Iowa.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.