Lois Rebecca Clarke

Lois Rebecca Clarke

  • Funeral Date: 4/30/15
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Date of Birth: 4/02/16
  • Date of Death: 4/24/15
  • Funeral Location: Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Communnity

Lois Rebecca Bragonier Clarke passed away on April 24, 2015. She died peacefully in the care of Reflections, a hospice facility in Northfield, MN. She was 99 years old. The cause was complications from pneumonia.

Born in 1916 on a farm in Geneseo County, Iowa, Lois spent her formative years in Cedar Falls, Iowa and attended the Iowa State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Iowa. Her bachelor’s degree, earned in 1934, was in music education. While on campus, her brother Marion introduced her to Russell Clarke, who was also studying education. They were married in 1938. Following Russell’s service in World War II, the couple settled in Mason City, Iowa. Russ would later go on to a distinguished career in the Mason City school system. He died in 1995.

Lois started her career as a music teacher in Green Mountain, Iowa. After the birth of their first child in 1943, she left formal teaching and was soon involved in community activities, crafts, and church work that took full advantage of her education. Lois played violin and piano all her life and passed that love on to her children and grandchildren. She led Girl Scout troops, taught knitting as well as piano and violin, and served briefly as activities director for a retirement community. In later years, was an amateur botanist, breeding African violets far into retirement. Both she and her husband were longtime members of the First United Methodist Church of Mason City, Iowa, where Lois devoted much time to bible study and was a member of United Methodist Women. An avid reader, she was a founding member of the Veleda Book Club in Mason City.

In 1999, Lois moved to Northfield Retirement Community, in Northfield, MN. She spent fifteen years in their care.

In addition to their first child, Linda, Lois is survived by a second daughter, Barbara, of Northfield; a son, Russell, of Cedar Falls, and eight grandchildren. Along with her husband, Lois is preceded in death by a son, William, who died in 1967 at 13 of a cancerous brain tumor. She was the last of her immediate family, which included two older brothers and a younger sister.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 30th, at the Northfield Retirement Community chapel. Visitation starts at 10am. Donations in her memory can be made to Northfield Retirement Community or Northfield Hospice.

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