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ABELS, Lois 1921-2010


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 12/7/2010 at 14:39:26

Lois T. Abels, 89, of Grundy Center, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit while under the care of the Cedar Valley Hospice. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center with Pastors Tom Bower and Jean Bower officiating. Burial will follow funeral services at Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center. A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 9th from 5 to 7 pm at Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home in Grundy Center. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Lois was born on January 5, 1921 in Colfax Township, the daughter of H. O. "Ford" & Jennie Weseman Dirks. She attended school in Holland and Grundy Center, graduating from Marshalltown High School in 1939. She later attended the Iowa State Teachers College and taught rural school in Palermo Township for 2 years. On July 10th, 1942, Lois married Albertus Harrenstein. Bert was drafted into the Air Force during WWII and was killed in action on November 5th, 1943. On June 12th, 1946, Lois married Harold E. Abels. They farmed many years in Palermo Township, Grundy County. In 1980, they retired and moved to Grundy Center. Harold passed away in 1997.

Lois also attended Gates Business College in Waterloo and worked at the Farmers Savings Bank. She later worked at the Grundy County ASCS Office for 12 years.

She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center since 1943, having served as Deacon and a member of Bethany Presbyterian Women’s Association.

Lois is survived by her daughter Carol Jeanine (Alvin) Miller of Grundy Center; niece Lynn Lea Schaa (Steve) Smith of Lebanon, MO and their two sons Brandon & Cody (Lynn joined the family at age 5); brother Kenneth (Sue) Dirks; sisters-in-law Hildegarde Dirks and Leola Abels; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Albertus Harrenstein and Harold E. Abels.


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