Lois Margaret Gardner
Tuesday, December 4, 1928
Date of Death:
Friday, September 27, 2019
90 years old
Lois Margaret Gardner
Lois Margaret Gardner, age 90, of Kasson, MN, died Friday, September 27, 2019 at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island, MN, under the care of Seasons Hospice.
Lois Margaret Dodge was born December 4, 1928 in Rochester to Robert Harrison Dodge and Lucille Deane Morris Dodge. Her family farmed in Haverhill township north of Rochester for many years, moving to a farm south of Douglas, MN, about 1944. Lois attended Fitch School in Haverhill and then graduated from Rochester High School in 1946. She attended Austin Teacher Training and earned her teacher’s certificate allowing her to teach in rural schools.
On January 8, 1950, Lois married Glen G. Gardner at the Douglas Methodist Church. Soon after their marriage, Glen’s National Guard unit was called into service for the Korean War and posted to Camp Rucker in Dothan, AL. Glen and Lois lived in Predmore, MN until the summer of 1956 when they moved to their present home in Kasson. Except for 10 years when they lived at Whispering Hills Girl Scout Camp near Houston, MN, they resided in Kasson.
Lois was the “schoolmarm” at the Fitch School for 1947 and 1948 school years. She worked in retail and medical jobs in Rochester until she started working for the Mayo Clinic as a medical technician from 1953 to 1956.
Lois was an active Girl Scout for over 50 years starting in 1960 — first as a volunteer leader in Kasson. In 1973, Lois accepted a job with River Trails Girl Scout Council in Rochester and continued to work for them until her retirement in 1993 and then continued her volunteer work. She was an area membership director, council program director and from 1977 to 1987 was the summer camp director at Whispering Hills.
Lois was a life-long member of the Methodist Church and was a choir member, Sunday School teacher, and active in various fellowships at the Douglas and then Kasson Methodist churches.
As an accomplished seamstress and needleworker, sewing, knitting, cross-stitching, and quilting, she created many beautiful gifts for friends and family. After retirement she also volunteered for the Friends of the Kasson Public Library and the Olmsted County History Center library.
Glen and Lois traveled to the western U.S as often as possible, making their first of many trips to Montana’s Glacier National Park in 1956. From then on, they continued to travel to Alaska, throughout Canada and the U.S western states.
Lois is survived by her husband of 69 years, Glen; her daughter, Jeanette of Kasson; three sons, Jary (Elaine) of Kasson, James (Sharon) of Tucson, AZ, and Jeffrey (Jill) of London, Ontario; six granddaughters, Erin (Jeremy) Evenson of Austin, MN, Robin (Dan) McAnulty of Minneapolis, MN, and Jessica, Emily, Lucy and Aly of London, Ontario; five great-grandchildren, Zachary, Katelyn, and Hailey Evenson of Austin, MN, and Henry and Margaret McAnulty of Minneapolis, MN; sisters Alice (Richard) Witter of Muscatine, IA, and Doris Schleusner of Fountain, MN; brother Morris (LaDonna) Dodge and brother-in-law Paul Cowden of Pine Island and sister-in-law Deb Maxon of Clarion, IA; and an extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Irene Cowden, her brother Loren R. Dodge and brother-in-law Arnold Schleusner.
The memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, at the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, with Pastor Lester Horntvedt officiating. Family and friends may call one hour before the service on Wednesday, and a luncheon will be held following the service.
Memorials may be made to the family and will be donated to the River Valley Girl Scout Council.
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Jeanette, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She lived a long, great life with a wonderful family. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.
If you looked up the definition of “good woman”. It would say: see Lois Gardner. I am glad that she was part of my life and the lives of so many girls that grew up to be good women.
Gardner & Dodge families,
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers since becoming aware of Lois's passing. May memories of the life she shared with you bring you comfort and peace during this time of loss and in the future.
Darlene (Spading) Frederickson, Rochester
My deepest sympathies to the family of Lois.
Lois touched the lives of so many Girl Scouts, girls and adults alike. She was like having our own Juliette Low. We learned many life skills from her and especially how to enjoy and care for the outdoors. I and my daughter, Kate, have fond memories of "Silver" at Piper Hill in Medford and Whispering Hills near Rushford. I also had the privilege of working with her on the Heritage Committee when River Trails Council merged with four other councils to form the new River Valleys Council. Lois was very dedicated to the preservation of the history of Girl Scouting in Southern Minnesota. She will be missed by us all.
Gege Abraham, Owatonna MN
I will always remember the wonderful trips we all had together. She was a true girl scout..my condolences to your family!