Lois Schroeder, age 86, of Bird Island, MN died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center. Funeral services are Friday 1:00 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Bird Island with Rev. Nick Huseby officiating. Burial is in the Bird Island City Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday 5-7 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and continues there Friday for one hour prior to services. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Lois Ann Schroeder was born November 7, 1930 in Fergus Falls, MN, to Ted and Ruby (Curtis) Thom. She graduated from Fergus Falls High School and then St. Cloud Beauty School. Lois married Arnold Schroeder on June 16, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, MN. They made their home on the farm at rural Bird Island and moved into town in 1983 into the home which they built. Lois worked many factory jobs including at Fingerhut, and Blackbourn, and for Suttle as a home assembler which she did into her late 70's. She also sold Avon for many years. Lois was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Osceola Township, until it closed and currently was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Bird Island. She was also a member of the Red Hat Divas and several Bridge Clubs. Lois enjoyed attending dances with Arnie, playing Bridge, baking, canning, gardening, and tending to her many indoor plants. Lois especially enjoyed taking care of her beloved cat "Miss Kitty". Lois died Sunday evening, July 9, 2017 at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center where she has been a resident these past few months.
Lois is survived by her daughter Cindy Sell (and special friend Dean Palmquist) of Bird Island; her granddaughter Nicole (and Myron) Rainey of Morton: three great-grandchildren: Jazmine Rainey, Jaden Rainey, and Myron Rainey lll; her sister Mary (and Sam) Muchow of Fergus Falls; her sister-in-law Norma Thom of Fergus Falls; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Arnold Schroeder; and her two brothers Lyle Thom and Bill Thom.
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