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Lois Schilke - December 25, 2010

Lois Lorraine (Schmidt) Schilke was born Aug. 10, 1937 to Arthur and Esther (Nierman) Schmidt. She died Dec. 25, 2010 at Imperial Manor Nursing Home in Imperial, Neb. She was 73 years of age.

Funeral services for Lois Schilke were scheduled for Wednesday morning, Dec. 29 at Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial, with Pastor David Kahle officiating. Interment was to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.

Lois grew up in the rural Amherst area. She attended grades 1-3 at Amherst Public School, grades 4-8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Amherst and grades 9-12 at Phillips County High School in Holyoke.

Lois was baptized as an infant in August of 1937 and confirmed March 18, 1951 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst.

Lois met Marvin Schilke in the spring of 1955. They married on Feb. 5, 1956. The couple lived in several farm/ranch locations including Habermans’, Lytles’, Humphreys’ and Widgers’ before moving into town. They loved each other deeply and to their union three children were born: David Allen, Steven Eugene and Evonne Annette.

Lois was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. She didn’t care much for the farm animals but was dedicated to lending a hand with whatever Marvin was involved with.

Lois belonged to Willing Workers at Zion Lutheran Church and was a diligent volunteer for whatever needed done. She also belonged to a neighborhood coffee club. Such good times were had visiting around the kitchen tables. Marvin and Lois were also involved in a card club with Kunnemanns, Brandts and Spickelmiers for many years.

Lois was a wonderful Christian mom who encouraged her children to be brought up with Christian values and respect for others. She was the sweetest, kind-hearted, loving person, who carried that temperament through her ups and downs in life as well as through her illness. God was a constant in her life and she kept him in her heart through church, daily living and singing.

When the grandchildren came along, a new sparkle came to Lois’ eyes. She loved to hold, cuddle and play games with them. She still had that sparkle when the great-grandchildren came along. She still loved to cuddle as much as she could.

Lois will be missed by so many whose lives she has touched. Marvin left us 12 years ago and now Lois can be with God as well.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; brother, Carl; brothers-in-law, Kermit Schilke, Wayne Schilke and Roy Kelly; and sister-in-law, Twila Schilke.

Survivors include sons, David Schilke and wife Candy and Steven Schilke and wife Deborah, all of Imperial; daughter, Evonne Poppe and husband Craig of Imperial; nine grandchildren, Josh Schilke and fiancée Seven of Imperial, Jessica Teeter and husband John of Culberston, Neb., Joni Norden and Chad Ambrosek of Haigler, Neb., Dale Schilke of Omaha, Neb., Audra Manley and husband Brian of Imperial, Carisa Straub and husband Jeff of Lincoln, Neb., Erica and friend Kyle Sorenson of Lincoln, Neb., Jennifer Stafford and husband Derek of Syracuse, Neb. and Amanda Johnson and husband Curtis of Imperial; 10 great-grandchildren, Blaine, Galen, Felisha and Aspen Teeter, Eve, Jack and Ellie Ambrosek, Jaret and Westen Manley and Jordyn Stafford; sisters, Leona Oltjenbruns and husband Milton of Holyoke and Jean Prussman and husband Lyle of LaSalle; brothers, Les Schmidt and wife Shirley of Rawlins and Merle Schmidt and wife Carol of Holyoke; in-laws, Doris Schilke of Imperial, Darty and Marla Schilke of Imperial, Larry and Diann Schilke of Imperial and R.J. Schilke of Imperial; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial has been established to Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial.

Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.