Lois I. Klaetsch, 91, of 376 N. Seymour Street, Fond du Lac, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home.
She was born on July 2, 1920, in Greeley, Kansas, a daughter of Charles E. and Gertrude Dolbow Frick, Sr.
Lois graduated from Ruskin High School, Hickman Hills, Missouri; Kansas City Business College, and The Comptometer School of Kansas City. She was employed by the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. for one year. The entire office was transferred to Asheville, North Carolina where she worked for three years.
While there, she met Harvey Klaetsch, who was stationed there with the U.S. Air Force. They were married in Asheville on December 17, 1945, upon his return from serving two years in Europe. They made their home in Fond du Lac, (Harvey’s home).
Lois was employed at Wisconsin Power and Light Company for six years, leaving to raise two sons. She was later employed at Agri-Land Coop (Midland Coop) for 22 years, retiring in 1982.
Upon retiring she became a volunteer at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home where she made many friends. Lois was recognized for many things at the Lutheran Home including Volunteer of the Year. She spent countless hours doing crafts with the residents, working in the Browse-A-Bit Shop and helping with bingo. She was well known at the Lutheran Home. Lois was helping with bingo as recently as four weeks ago.
Lois was an active member of Salem United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday Schools, serving on a number of committees, was a member of Evening Circle, Tri-C Class, United Methodist Women, Triple F, and Friendship Fellowship Group. Lois and Harvey enjoyed taking people along with them to church as part of their ministry.
She was a longtime secretary of The United Commercial Travelers Auxiliary, a member of the Kiwanianne Club, Christian Women Club, Past and Present Club of the Wisconsin Power and Light Company, Zeruah Rebekah Lodge & Golden Link Auxiliary, the Lutheran Home Auxiliary, Loaves and Fishes, and a longtime friend of a prisoner. Lois enjoyed camping and fishing with Harvey and the boys. She also enjoyed traveling with her sister Mildred, bowling, walking, crafts, crocheting, reading and watching the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers. She treasured and enjoyed her granddaughters very much.
She is survived by two sons: Robert H. (Patty) Klaetsch of Fond du Lac, and Jerry A. (Dawn) Klaetsch of Naperville, Illinois; four granddaughters: Kimberly, Courtney, and Britney of Fond du Lac, and Lindsay of Naperville; a sister, Mildred Lawson of Springfield, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Verba Frick of Raytown, Missouri; many nieces, nephews and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey in 1985, and four brothers.
Lois was a very kind, loving, and giving person. She enjoyed doing for others. The Fond du Lac Lutheran Home and Salem United Methodist Church were very dear to Lois. Lois loved the Lord and her faith. She set a wonderful example for those around her and she was loved very much by her family and friends.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012, at Salem United Methodist Church, 120 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, with Rev. Jack Stubbs and Rev. Anthony Farina officiating. Entombment will be at Shrine of Rest Mausoleum in Ledgeview Memorial Park.
The visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory, and on Friday at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Salem United Methodist Church or the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home.
The family would like to thank the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home for the wonderful care they gave Lois. They would also like to thank everyone who came to see Lois, sent a card, and remembered her in prayer.