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Lois Briggs
January 11, 1927 - November 28, 2016

Lois Briggs, 89, of Oelwein passed away on Monday November 28, 2016 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday December 2, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Saturday December 3, 2016 at Peace Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

Lois Maxine Briggs was born January 11, 1927, to Edward and Minnie (Heeren) Plaster.  She attended St. Peters Lutheran School, Westgate, Iowa and confirmed, May 5, 1940.  She graduated from Maynard High School, May 5, 1944.  On March 15, 1953, she was united in marriage to John J. Briggs.  They were blessed with five children: Claire Marie Murphy, Bancroft, Iowa; Robert (Deb) Briggs, Yorkville, Illinois; Clayton Briggs, Coralville, Iowa; Mark (Nancy) Briggs, St. Charles, Missouri; Melanie (Tom) Nicolay, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; twelve grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Prior to her marriage, she worked for the Washington State Personnel Board, Seattle Washington; National Biscuit Company, Rasdale Armored Car Service, and Pioneer Tire Company, Tampa, Florida.  After her marriage, Lois and John established and operated Kirby of Northeast Iowa for 35 years.

Lois and John were charter members of Peace Lutheran Church, and she was active in the Altar Guild, Bible Study, Choir, Memorial Committee, and Mission Circle. 

Lois is survived by her five children and their families, and her sister Lorraine Stedman, Oelwein, Iowa.  She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Minnie Plaster and her husband John.   


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John & Pat McBride on December 11, 2016 at 12:15 PM said:

With our sincere sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on December 6, 2016 at 9:07 AM said:

Melanie and Tom,and Families,so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing,I was her paper girl back in the 60's and her and your Dad were always kind to me.
Sheryl Gosse, Oelwein on December 6, 2016 at 12:21 AM said:

Lois's family: Sorry for your loss, knew your mom thru other family members. She was always so kind and spoke. Cherish the memories! Always be close with each other and your families. Your parents are your angels in heaven.
Jane Birchard Briden on December 3, 2016 at 12:29 PM said:

On behalf of the OCHS Class of 1965, we're sorry to hear about Lois' passing. Sincere sympathy to the family.
Doris and David Eggers on December 3, 2016 at 9:13 AM said:

Mark and Nancy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. We are keeping things under control for you.

God Bless
Doris and David
Jean Birchard Baldwin on December 3, 2016 at 6:37 AM said:

So sorry to hear about Lois' passing. You have my condolences.
Denny and Marcia Pepin on December 3, 2016 at 4:53 AM said:

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom.. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Loren & Sue Corcoran on December 1, 2016 at 2:51 PM said:

Very sorry to hear about Lois passing. She remembered me, even after many years apart. She was always kind to me and fun loving. I can only imagine how hard it must be to lose her. Sending our condolences.
Don and Bernadine Greenfield on December 1, 2016 at 2:44 PM said:

Sending our thoughts of love and sympathy to all the family.Sorry we can not be with you at this time.
Teresa Briggs on December 1, 2016 at 2:05 PM said:

I will miss our emails. She was so proud of every one of you.

My thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your families.
Connie Kaltenbach on December 1, 2016 at 9:21 AM said:

Lois was such a lovely person and a great friend. She was like part of our Regions Bank Family and she will be missed. Although our hearts are broken we have peace in knowing that she is with the Lord and not in pain any longer. Peace be with you Lois!
David Skinn on December 1, 2016 at 8:37 AM said:

So sorry to hear of the passing of Lois. May the good Lord welcome her into his Kingdom with open arms.
Paul & Janet Hutter. on December 1, 2016 at 8:04 AM said:

So sorry to hear about Lois, she and my Mother where close friends and both members of Peace Lutheran Church. She will be missed.
Paul & Janet Hutter.
Jenny Hayes (Jenny Jack) on December 1, 2016 at 7:12 AM said:

To the family of Lois Briggs;
I am sorry to hear of your loss. May god be with you in your time of loss and sorrow.
Yours in Jesus name.
Jenny Hayes (Jenny Jack)
Lyle & Nancy Miller on December 1, 2016 at 5:14 AM said:

Our sincere condolences to the family. Lois was always a very kind lady and we'll miss her. May God Bless. I know she'll be happy to be with John.
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