Lois Iola Siefken was born to Homer Cecil and Carolyn “Carrie” Ruth (Watts) Clements on Sept. 10, 1918 on the Clements farm southwest of Imperial, Nebraska. She attended Imperial Grade School and Chase County High School, graduating with the class of 1936.
Lois was united in marriage to Arthur Avery Siefken on Dec. 16, 1936 in Holyoke, Colorado. Art worked for several farmers and ranchers including Charlie Collins west of Champion, the Meeske Ranch southwest of Champion and the Bud Stenger Ranch. In 1946, Art started farming on shares on the Bailey Estate west of Imperial and in 1954 sold out and moved to town where he worked at the Coop elevator. In 1957, the family moved to Ogallala, Nebraska. That October they moved to Iowa. Lois was a stay-at-home mom until the family moved to Iowa where she was a seamstress for Mastercraft Furniture until retiring in 1983. After retirement, Lois moved back home to Imperial and made her final move to the Imperial Manor in 2009.
Lois enjoyed sewing, gardening and flowers.
She passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home. Lois was 100 years of age.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Carrie; husband Art; parents-in-law Oliver and Hattie Siefken; son Jerry Lee Siefken; granddaughter Penny Long-Ritchie; grandson Shawn Ritchie; sister Shirley Smith; sister-in-law Alice Clements; brother-in-law Calvin Daschofsky and Art’s three brothers and one sister.
Survivors include daughter Thelma (Irvin) Long of McCook; daughter-in-law Sharon Siefken of Lincoln; granddaughters Jean (Fred) Thomas, Jackie (Randy) Georges, Jody (Duane) French and Terry Jo Landolt; grandson Billy (Leann) Long; 18 great-grandchildren; 40 great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great-grandchildren; sister Wava Daschofsky of rural Imperial; brother Frank Clements of McCook; brothers-in-law Stanley Smith of Imperial and Dwight Siefken of Crescent Lake, Iowa; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial with Michal Swanson officiating. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Visitation was held prior to services.
A memorial has been established in Lois’ memory.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.