Lois Mae Braun, 82, of Aberdeen, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Angelhaus in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be 4-5 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary & Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, with a private family memorial service beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pastor Jeff Whillock, of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, will lead the service.
Lois will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Oslo Cemetery, near the family farm in Trent, SD, at a later date.
Family and friends may sign her online guestbook at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Lois was born May 24, 1937 in Moody County, SD, to Clifford and Lillian (Benson) Ingemann. She grew up on a farm in Trent, SD where she attended country school and graduated from Flandreau High School in 1955. Lois attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and graduated with her BS degree in nursing.
Nursing was a life-long passion for Lois. Following her college graduation and becoming a certified Registered Nurse, Lois began her nursing career as a floor nurse at the Flandreau Hospital. After moving to Aberdeen, SD, Lois also held positions as a Brown County Home Visitation and Medicare nurse and was hired by the South Dakota State Health Department in Pierre where she worked as a surveyor and facilities evaluator for hospitals, retirement homes, and health facilities throughout the state.
Another passion for Lois was her involvement with youth in the schools. She cared deeply about the well-being of all children and families and through her work with the local and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Lois was an advocate for community education. Her dedication led to her serving as the PTA President for state of South Dakota. She was also highly active as a volunteer leader for Nyoda Girl Scouts of America, Cub Scouts, and 4-H as well as an officer in the first “Big Birds” (Athletic Boosters) and Band Boosters at Aberdeen Central High School in order to guide and share the experiences with her daughters and son.
Lois married Dean A. Braun in Flandreau, SD on June 13, 1959. She began many years of “bleacher butt” as she supported Dean throughout his baseball career. Lois and Dean were high school sweethearts and, after a 5 ½ year courtship, celebrated 47 years in marriage together. Lois always said they ‘rushed into marriage’. They started their family in Flandreau and in 1965 moved to Aberdeen. Lois and Dean dedicated their lives to each other and to their family. They enjoyed attending their children’s, grandchildren’s, and great grandchildren’s music, sports, and activities. They loved to take out their Airstream camper and meet up with good friends for a weekend of camping and relaxation. Her New Doers Extension group was like a family to both Lois and Dean. Lois was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and thoroughly enjoyed participating in Women’s Circle and Bible study groups.
Dean and Lois moved to Dell Rapids in 2005. This brought them ‘back home’ to where they were raised and provided an easier gathering point for their children and grandchildren to meet. Lois returned to Aberdeen in 2015 after being diagnosed with dementia. She lived at Primrose Cottages for five years, and was able to continue her love of the Arts as she attended Aberdeen Community Theatre productions, Aberdeen Community Concerts, and Municipal Band Concerts.
Lois is survived by her four children: Lisa (Marty) Link, Aberdeen, SD, Linda (Jeff) Mock, Rochester, MN, Michael (Annette) Braun, Hastings, NE and Lachelle (Mike) Ashworth, Colleyville, TX; seven grandchildren: Justin (Ricki), Jamie (Rebecca), Jerry (fiance Katie), DeAnna (Austin), Nicole, Nathan and Cayla; four great-grandchildren: Mason, Rylee, Nora and Landen; and a special family friend, Linda Jark-Stoffer.
She was preceded in death by her husband on May 8, 2006; her parents; sister, Evelyn Ingemann; and brother, Donald Ingemann.
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