Lois M. Pals, 98, died July 3, 2019 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services were held July 9 at the Reformed Church in Alexander. Burial was in the Alexander Cemetery.
Lois Marcella, the daughter of Ray and Zelda (Stuck) Harson, was born Nov. 8, 1920 at her parents’ home in Rowan. She attended country school and graduated from Rowan High School, one of seven in her class. She was active in the glee club and played basketball.
Lois met Else Pals at a dance, and they were married Feb. 18, 1939 at the Reformed Church parsonage in Alexander. She supported the war effort by welding equipment in Oregon.
The couple was blessed with daughters Vicki and Elsie. The family lived in Waterloo where Else was a carpenter, and Lois was a seamstress doing tailoring for many years for the JC Penney bridal department. Her sewing skills were a special gift used throughout her life. Over the years Lois and Else lived in Alexander, Klemme and Belmond. After Else died in October 2007, Lois lived with her daughter Elsie in Colorado, where she renewed her love for nature and appreciated special times with her granchildren. She returned to Iowa and lived at Bel Haven Assisted Living and then the Rehabilitation Center.
Lois enjoyed family gatherings, attending church, collecting stamps, genealogy, dancing, feeding birds, watching NBA games and shopping. She was a meticulous housekeeper, raised a large vegetable and flower garden, and enjoyed canning, freezing and making pies. She was a lady through and through with a mild-mannered personality.
Lois was preceded in death by husband; daughter Vicki Hirsch (Feb. 2013); son-in-law John Santeramo; sisters Marlyce and Hazel; and brothers Merton and Maurice.
She is survived by her daughter Elsie Santeramo of Fredrick, CO; brother Bill (Arlene) Harson of Kanawha; son-in-law Walt Hirsch of Belmond; grandchildren Pamela (Kevin) Bishop, Nancy Hirsch, Johnny (Sandy) Santeramo, and Christi (Donnie) Bova; seven great- grandchildren; and three great- great-grandchildren.