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Alois Heermann - July 06, 2009


Alois Corrine (Thies) Heermann, was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Hay Springs, Neb., the daughter of Ada Mae and Lou­is Carl Thies. Alois died July 6, 2009 in her home with her husband at her side, after a long battle with cancer.

Alois graduated from high school in Hay Springs in 1949. She enrolled in college in Fort Collins, “the aggies,” where she met her soul mate from Holyoke, Kenneth L. Heermann. Alois and Kenneth were married on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1952.

Alois and Kenneth headed off to the service and had their first born child Malinda Corrine while stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. Returning to Holyoke to take over the family farm in 1954, Eldon Lee and Brenda Lou were born to complete their family.

Alois and Kenneth loved to travel, taking trips to China, Australia, Europe and many other continents. Alois had been stricken by polio when she was 3 years old and her mother nursed her back to health. But as she aged, she suffered from post polio syndrome and when her strength began to fail, they purchased a motor home and traveled extensively. They wintered in Indio, Calif. for 13 winters, where many dear friends and happy memories were made.

Alois was active in many local organizations including crafting clubs, ODD and Artrus, Women of Zion, Meals on Wheels and enjoyed visiting the elderly and shut-ins. She was an enthusiastic follower of her grandchildren’s many and varied activities.

Alois was preceded in death by her parents, her only brother Randal Thies and an infant son.

Alois is survived by her husband of 57 years, Kenneth; her three children, Malinda Chapman and her husband Mark of Foxfield, Eldon Heermann and his wife Christine of Holyoke and Brenda and her husband Gary Cross of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Ryan Chapman and his wife Kassi, Alycia Chapman and Justin and Sarah Heermann, all of Colorado.

There was no visitation. Funeral service was July 10 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, with Rev. Gary Rahe officiating.

Interment followed at Holyoke Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Plains or Christian Children’s Fund. Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.