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Date/Time September 11, 2008/5:00 PM


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Date/Time September 12, 2008/10:30 AM


Lois Virginia (Van Verth) Thoreson, the daughter of Henry and Clare (Kenniger) Van Verth, was born August 24, 1911, in Bendina, Kansas. She went to Heaven on Monday, September 8, 2008, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg, Iowa, at the age of 97 years.

Lois moved with her family as a child to Hiawatha, Kansas, where she received her education. Her first employment was working as a clerk in a dime store.

On September 12, 1932, Lois was united in marriage to Norman Thoreson in Savannah, Missouri. In 1941, they moved to the Ole and Rena Thoreson farm, a half-mile south of Lost Island Lutheran Chrch, where Norman farmed and Lois assisted with the chores and field work. In 1966, they moved to Cherokee, Iowa, where Norman worked at Lundell Manufacturing and Lois was a cook at Washington School for 10 years. During her lifetime Lois was also a cook at both the Ruthven and Graettinger Schools. In 1976, the couple moved to Graettinger. Lois loved to cook and spend time with her children. Norman went to Heaven on December 31, 1982, where he and now Lois await all their loved ones.

Lois was a member of Lost Island Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid. She also was a member of the Senior Citizen's in Graettinger.

Grateful for having shared her life are her three children; daughter Beverly Hansen and her husband Lee of Story City, Iowa; son Herbert Thoreson and his wife Lori of Sioux City, Iowa; son Paul Thoreson and his wife Bevv of Red Wing, Minnesota. Seven grandchildren, Nick Hansen, Janet Hansen, Jean Hansen, Amy Thoreson, Debra Thoreson, Robert Thoreson, Matthew Thoreson; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Preceding Lois in death were her husband Norman; a grandson Matthew Thoreson; an infant granddaughter Pamala Thoreson; great-grandson, Isiah Peter; her parents; two sisters Lavettta and Irma; and two brothers Willis and Adrian.

Lost Island Lutheran Cemetery

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