Lois Arlene Carlson, the daughter of Oscar and Elvira Lundquist Peterson, was born April 20, 1929 in Aurelia, IA. In 1936, her family moved to a farm near Moneta where she attended school and graduated from Moneta High School. She continued her education at NBT in Sioux City, IA.
Lois met Donald Carlson while both working at Bjornstad Drug Store. They were married on June 18, 1950, at the Peterson family farm near Hartley, IA. Following their marriage, they lived in Spencer, IA. Lois was very active in many organizations: PEO Sisterhood, Beta Sigma Phi, Clay County Garden Club, Marcellus Mill Quester and Ruth Circle. She was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer where she served on the Women’s Church Circle and a Sunday school teacher. Don and Lois have enjoyed many years of attending the sports games in Spencer and enjoyed attending the community theatre. They took several trips to Europe and Sweden.
Lois passed away at Longhouse Residence in Spencer on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the age of 90. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; daughter, Barbara Butler and one brother, Norman.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jeannine (Jim) Bunge of Hartley, IA and David (Elizabeth) Carlson of Hopkins, MN; son-in-law, Craig Butler of Sioux City, IA; 9 grandchildren; Lee (Michelle) Bunge, Sally Bunge, Ben (Abbie) Bunge, Adam (Ashley) Bunge, Abby (Nate) Bockholt, Paul (Chloe) Butler, Anna (Alex) Lukehart, Thomas Carlson and Maddie Carlson (Nick Davis); great-grandchildren: Lauren, Brooke and Jordyn Bunge, Aiden, Paige and Davis Bunge, Landon Bunge, Claire, Annika, Bryce and Nina Bockholt, Harriet Butler, Henrik and Emilia Lukehart ; one brother, Dean (MaryJane) Peterson of Hartley, IA; other relatives and friends.