November 8, 1920 - July 3, 2019
Lois M. Pals, 98, most recently a resident of the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond, formerly of Waterloo, Alexander, Klemme, Colorado, and a native of Rowan, IA, died, Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 1:00 PM, at the First Reformed Church of Alexander, IA. The Reverend Jack Ritsema will be officiating. Burial will be in the Alexander Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the funeral service on Tuesday at the church. The family suggestions those wishing to express their sympathies through memorial in Lois name consider a local chapter of the Cancer Society, to the family or to the donor's choice.
Lois Marcella Harson, the daughter of Ray and Zelda (Stuck) Harson, was born November 8, 1920, at her parents' home in Rowan, IA. She grew up in the Rowan area attending Rowan Country School and then Rowan High School from where she graduated as one of seven in her class. During her school years, Lois was active in Glee Club and played basketball.
Lois was united in marriage to Else Pals on February 18, 1939, at the First Reformed Church parsonage in Alexander. Following their marriage the couple resided in Portland, OR, where Else was stationed in the Army during WWII. Lois supported the war efforts as well welding equipment and other sundry items for the military needs.
Following their return to Iowa, their union was blessed with two daughters, Vicki and Elsie. Over their years of marriage and raising their girls, Else and Lois had lived in Waterloo, where her husband was a carpenter and Lois was employed as a seamstress and did tailoring work for many years for JC Penney's in the Bridal Department in Waterloo. Her excellent seamstress and needlepoint skills were a special gift that she used throughout her lifetime. Over the years Else and Lois had lived in Alexander, Klemme, and Belmond, IA. They had enjoyed dancing excursions with friends. She and Else began their life long partnership and marriage together when they had met at a dance and continued to blossom for more than 72 years.
Lois enjoyed family gatherings, attending church, collecting stamps, and very much enjoyed studying and gathering family genealogy. She was a meticulous housekeeper and loved to raise large vegetable and flower gardens, especially loved her iris. Lois enjoyed canning and freezing corn and other produce from her garden as well as making pickled beets. She was a fabulous cook and made delicious soft pies. Lois truly was a lady through and through with a soft and mild mannered personality. She loved the simple things in life that included faith, family, and friends. A favorite past time included feeding and watching the birds. She always loved the outdoors and the wonders of nature something she grew even more fond of during the years she spent in Colorado living with Elsie following Else's passing in October 2012. While living in Colorado she looked forward to waking up to the beauty of the mountain scapes and renewal of her love for natures splendor. During her years with Elsie in Colorado many precious memories and special times were shared with her grandchildren and their families. Lois loved to go on shopping outings . She was an avid life long basketball fan watching many of the NBA teams throughout her life.
After returning to Iowa from Colorado, Lois resided for a time at the Assisted Living in Belmond before transitioning into the Rehabilitation Center where she has lived since. During her time there she enjoyed the fellowship of the other residents and staff and the visits from family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Elsie Santeramo, Fredrick, Colorado, brother Bill (Arlene) Harson, Kanawha, IA, son-in-law Walt Hirsch, Belmond, IA. 4 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Else in Oct. 2012, daughter Vicki Hirsch in Feb. 2013, son-in-law John Santeramo, brothers Merton and Maurice and sisters Marlyce and Hazel. Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, IA. www.andrewsfuenralhomeandfloral.com 641-444-4474