Lois Jean Zappe, age 94, passed away March 6, 2021 at Alexandria Assisted Living. A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria, on March 21st at 2:30pm, with visitation at the church from 1:30-2:30. To protect the safety of all, masks and social distancing will be required.
Lois was born to Arthur and Laura (Haugen) Berg, on October 7, 1926. She grew up on the family farm east of Staples. Lois attended the Brick Yard School and graduated from Staples High School in 1944. After graduation, she worked as a dental assistant. While working there, she caught the eye of a handsome young man, Winston Zappe. They were married October 8th, 1949. The young couple lived in Sioux Falls, Moorhead and Fargo, before returning to Staples about 1955. Lois and Winston welcomed two sons to the family. Neal was born in 1953 and Dale in 1958. Lois was a homemaker until her boys were in upper elementary/junior high. She started working in the mail department at Benson Optical in Staples and enjoyed her work and the people there.
Family was extremely important to Lois. She treasured time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lois loved watching sports! When the MN Lynx were formed, Lois became an ardent fan. We celebrated her 90th birthday by attending a Lynx game in person and she was ecstatic!
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Gordon (Kathryn), Ahldor (Ana), infant brother Theron and sister Marlys (Howard) Tyrrell. She is survived by sons Neal (Connie) and Dale (Ruth), grandchildren Melissa, Heidi (Jason) Anglin, Craig (Janel) and Meghan, great grandchildren Hunter, Brody and Finley Zappe and Henry and Claire Anglin.