Lois Schilke - December 30, 2010
Lois Lorraine (Schmidt) Schilke was born Aug. 10, 1937 to Arthur and Esther (Nierman) Schmidt.
Lois grew up in the rural Amherst, Colo., area.
She attended grades 1-3 at Amherst Public School, grades 4-8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Amherst and grades 9-12 at Phillips County High School in Holyoke, Colo.
Lois was baptized as an infant in August of 1937 and confirmed March 18, 1951 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst.
Lois met Marvin Schilke in the spring of 1955. They married on Feb. 5, 1956.
The couple lived in several farm/ranch locations including Haberman’s, Lytle’s, Humphrey’s and Widger’s before moving into town. They loved each other deeply and to their union three children were born: David Allen, Steven Eugene and Evonne Annette.
Lois was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. She didn’t care much for the farm animals, but was dedicated to lending a hand with whatever Marvin was involved with.
Lois belonged to Willing Workers at Zion Lutheran Church and was a diligent volunteer for whatever needed done. She also belonged to a neighborhood coffee club.
Such good times were had visiting around the kitchen tables. Marvin and Lois were also involved in a card club with Kunnemanns, Brandts, and Spickelmiers for many years.
Lois was a wonderful Christian mom who encouraged her children to be brought up with Christian values and respect for others. She was the sweetest, kind-hearted, loving person who carried that temperament through her ups and downs in life, as well as through her illness. God was a constant in her life and she kept him in her heart through church, daily living and singing.
When the grandchildren came along, a new sparkle came to Lois’ eyes. She loved to hold, cuddle and play games with them. She still had that sparkle when the great-grandchildren came along. She still loved to cuddle as much as she could.
Lois passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home, Imperial. She was 73 years of age.
Lois will be missed by so many whose lives she has touched. Marvin left us 12 years ago and now Lois can be with God as well.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; brother, Carl; brothers-in-law, Kermit Schilke, Wayne Schilke and Roy Kelly; and sister-in-law, Twila Schilke.
Survivors include sons, David Schilke and wife, Candy, of Imperial, Steven Schilke and wife, Deborah, of Imperial; daughter, Evonne Poppe and husband, Craig, of Imperial; nine grandchildren, Josh Schilke and fiancé Seven of Imperial, Jessica Teeter and husband, John, of Culberston, Joni Norden and Chad Ambrosek, of Haigler, Dale Schilke of Omaha, Audra Manley and husband, Brian, of Imperial, Carisa and husband, Jeff Straub, of Lincoln, Erica and friend, Kyle Sorenson of Lincoln, Jennifer Stafford and husband, Derek, of Syracuse, Amanda Johnson and husband, Curtis, Imperial; 10 great-grandchildren, Blaine, Galen, Felisha and Aspen Teeter; Eve, Jack and Ellie Ambrosek; Jaret and Westen Manley; and Jordyn Stafford; sisters, Leona Oltjenburns and husband, Milton, of Holyoke, Colo., Jean Prussman and husband, Lyle, of LaSalle, Colo.; brothers, Les Schmidt and wife, Shirley, of Rawlins, Colo., Merle Schmidt and wife, Carol, of Holyoke, Colo.; in-laws, Doris Schilke of Imperial, Darty and Marla Schilke, of Imperial, Larry and Diann Schilke, of Imperial, R.J. Schilke of Imperial; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Lois Schilke were held Wednesday morning, Dec. 29, 2010, at the Zion Lutheran Church, of Imperial, with Pastor David Kahle officiating.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established to the Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.