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Lois A. Tjossem

January 24, 1929 — February 2, 2018


January 24, 1929
O’Brien County near Gaza, Iowa
February 2, 2018
Sanborn, Iowa

1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 8, 2018
Friends Meeting House; rural Paullina, Iowa

Visitation with the family present will be from
5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 7, 2018
at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home
Paullina, Iowa

“Hymn of Promise”

After today’s service relatives and friends
are invited to the
Mapleside Community Building for fellowship

Arrangements under the care of the
Eldridge Family Funeral Home; Paullina, Iowa


It Will Not Matter
what kind of car I drove,
what kind of house I lived in,
how much money I had
in my bank account, nor
what my clothes looked like.
But the world may be
a little better because
I was important in
the life of a child.
Margaret Fishback Towers
Lois Ardelle Tjossem, the daughter of David and Signa Petersen Hartong was born on January 24, 1929 near Gaza, Iowa. She grew up on the farm, attended Gaza school and graduated in 1946 and was always very proud of being a Gaza alum. December 28, 1947, she was united in marriage to Glenn Tjossem at her family farm. They were blessed with two sons, Tracy and Jeffrey. They lived on the Tjossem Family Farm all their married life. Lois and Glenn loved to travel and they went all around the world to Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, Africa, Hawaii, Norway, China, and the Soviet Union. Glenn preceded her in death on April 27, 1990, giving them 42 years of married life together.
The first winter after Glenn was gone, Lois struck out for southern Texas and loved her winters there. On June 2, 1996, Lois married Lee (Bud) Johnson and they enjoyed a lot of traveling also. They spent their winters in southern Texas and fished most of the rest of the year, even as far north as Alaska. Bud passed away January 28, 2016; giving them almost 20 years of married life together.
Lois was a member of Paullina Friends Meeting, where she was an avid quilter. Lois was a former 4H leader, a cheerleader in high school, a member of the Farm Bureau chorus, and was a member of Peace Links.
Lois loved spending time with her family, taking time to teach and play ball with the boys and organizing youth softball in Gaza. She made it possible for the area youth to play softball regularly. She played ball with the grandkids and great grandkids well into her 80’s. And she loved to bake -especially making pies— and everyone loved her pies.
Lois leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Tracy and his wife, Jan and Jeffrey and his wife, Sheri; four grandchildren: Nikki Zylstra (Carl), Chad Tjossem (Andrea), Tony Tjossem (Becky) and Ali Mouw (Randy) and twelve great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Lois was preceded in death by her two husbands, her brother, Marvin Hartong and her sister, Viola Schneider and her parents.

It takes a long time to get used to
the loss of someone we love.
But it’s important to remember
that when people die, they leave
something very special behind—
They leave us memories
of many things they said and did.
And as long as we have those memories,
the people we love will live on
in our hearts and minds.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Eldridge Family Funeral Home - Paullina

217 East Logan Street , Paullina, IA 51046

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

1:00 - 1:45 pm (Central time)

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