Lois V. Stephan, 76, of Reinbeck, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Covenant Medical Center. Visitation was held on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM at the French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck with a 7 PM scripture service. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 21275 U Ave., Reinbeck. Burial followed the funeral mass at the Reinbeck Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to family. Online condolences may be left at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Lois was born on October 1, 1937 in Wellsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Everett and Louise (Gerloff) Ross. She lived in the Grundy Center area and attended a one classroom country school before attending Grundy Center schools and graduating from Grundy Center High School with the class 1955. After graduation Lois attended Marshalltown Nursing School graduating in 1956. On September 21, 1957, Lois was united in marriage to Donald Stephan at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Reinbeck, Iowa. Lois and Don made their home in Reinbeck for 57 years. Lois worked at Schoitz Hospital and later worked at Parkview Manor when they opened in 1966. She retired from Parkview Manor as Director of Nursing after 33 years.
Lois was a member of the St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Reinbeck She enjoyed sewing, reading, collecting Angel figurines and traveling to visit family. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Donald of Reinbeck; her children Teresa (Bob) Strohbehn of Brooklyn, Iowa, Kristi (Kent) Sorensen of Brooklyn, Iowa and Patricia (Dervan) Anderson of St. Peters, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law Elvena and Francis Shupek.