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Lois Carlson, 90, of Bristol and formerly of Holmquist and Webster, passed away Monday, June 27, 2022 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 A.M. on Thursday June 30, 2022, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Bristol, SD and will be livestreamed on Fiksdal Funeral Service Facebook page. Luncheon will follow at the church. Burial will follow at New Sweden Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Fiksdal Funeral Service.
Lois Carlson died peacefully on June 27, 2022. She had recently celebrated her 90th birthday.
She was born to Van and Minnie (Nelson) Morehouse on a farm between Bristol and Andover. She had an older brother, Dale, and a younger sister, Shirley. She started school at age five, attended country school for 8 years, and graduated from Bristol High School in 1949 at the age of 16.
Lois married Jerry Carlson in 1950 at the old Lutheran Church in Bristol as the new church had burned. They lived in Holmquist where Jerry was the assistant manager at the grain elevator and lumber yard. In 1951 they welcomed their daughter Lola. They moved from an old, drafty rental house in Holmquist to their farm close to Highway 12 where they lived over 50 years. They moved to Webster when Highway 12 was widened. Jerry passed away in 2008. Lois eventually moved to Heritage apartments and to Johnson Center and Sun Dial Manor in Bristol.
Lois was a busy farm wife. She took care of the animals, raised a garden, canned the produce, mowed lawn and also did all the indoor work of cooking, cleaning, sewing, washing and ironing, including hanging clothes outside in freezing weather. She was also a church and community leader. She was a planner and organizer who was always on a committee, everything from a church lutefisk supper to decorating a float for a parade.
Lois loved to cook. Even as a teenager she worked for a threshing crew which meant three meals every day. Later on she decorated wedding cakes and managed to deliver many to various church basements without incident. Lois also hunted, fished, bowled, played piano and accordion, golfed and was open to trying new things. She only worked outside the home for about a year following the Day County courthouse fire in 1962. The temporary offices were at the Isaak Walton.
Lois learned to quilt from her mother-in-law, Anna Carlson. It was a hobby that let her creativity come through. She made traditional and modern patterns that were all quilted by hand.
In the 1970s Lois started collecting bells and ended up with nearly 900 of them! Each bell had a story as friends and family brought her one when they travelled near and far. In later years she enjoyed being in bridge groups and parties where ladies used their best china and had fun going to each other’s homes.
Lois led a full and happy life. She was proud to have lived her entire life in Day County. She and Jerry travelled on some wonderful trips including many overseas. However, both were always happy to return home.
Lois is survived by her daughter, Lola Counts, Lola’s husband, Tom, nieces Kaye Porter, Sandy Reichert, Linda McKay, nephews Chuck Reichert, Mike Reichert and many friends.
So sorry to hear about your mom. She is in a better place now. So sorry we didn’t make it to the funeral. We didn’t see the obituary until after the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kevin and Donna
Donna Anderson Jul 4 2022 11:38 AM
Lola- what a full and rich life she had. Our lives were rich bc of those common sense parents. Your saxophone partner. ✝️🙏🏻
JoAnn Engstrom Volkenant Jul 1 2022 8:22 PM
Sending you our deepest sympathies. I am so glad I had the opportunity to know your Mom. I loved that she shared her beautiful embroidery with our quilters.
She will be missed by many.
Ernie & Dava Jul 1 2022 12:01 PM
We send our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your mom! She as such a sweet lady! I wanted to share with you that she made the wedding cake for David and I almost 52 years ago this August. I don’t know if she kept pictures of all the ones she made! I started making cakes back in the 70s and have kept pictures of the ones I made! God bless her memory!
Deb Kuecker Jun 30 2022 10:59 PM
Lola and family, I have good memories when our parents got together to play cards and we were little kids. The last time I saw your parents was at the Galley when I was visiting and we were out for dinner. Your parents were always so happy. Remembering your Mom as a very warm, beautiful woman with a great laugh. My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Joan Kennedy Aftoora Jun 30 2022 5:47 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Lois Carlson
May Gibson Jun 30 2022 10:52 AM
Lola -- My thoughts and prayers are with you in your's and Tom's loss. Your Mom was a wonderful lady. I truly enjoyed getting to know her and spending time with her when she came East. Our Lord is keeping her in His care. God bless you.
Phyllis McLarney Jun 29 2022 3:27 PM
Lola - Jim and I send our deepest sympathies 💐 to you and Tom at the loss of your Mom. We will think of her often as we enjoy her beautiful hand embroidery. She was a lady of many talents. Thanks for sharing her with us. God bless.
Debbie and Jim Nelson Jun 29 2022 2:31 PM
Heartfelt sympathy to Lola and Tom and the rest of Lois's family. She was such a kind, gentle person and will be missed by many.
Janet Coyne Jun 28 2022 6:18 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Lois Carlson
Susan Kungel Jun 28 2022 12:30 PM