Lois J Schmidt, age 80, of Oakland, Nebraska

LOIS J. SCHMIDT, 80 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014, at Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:30 am at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland. Visitation will be Monday, 4-8 pm with family receiving friends from 6-8pm at Pelan Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation will also be held Tuesday at the church one hour prior to service. Burial in Oakland Cemetery
Memorials: Golden Oaks Senior Center. Lois was born November 11, 1933, in Florence, Minnesota to Peter and Emma (Brue) Sorensen. She attended grade school in Minnesota and high school in Bancroft, Nebraska. When her parents returned to Minnesota, Lois chose to stay in Nebraska. She worked at an egg processing plant in West Point and later at Campbell's Soup Company and Schweser's in Fremont, Nebraska. On January 30, 1954, Lois married Peter O. Schmidt of Oakland at First English Lutheran Church in Russell, Minnesota. They made their home on the Schmidt family farm in rural Oakland. In 1966, they moved into Oakland, where Pete started a corn shelling and trucking business. Lois was a homemaker and helped with Pete's business. She loved flowers and working in her yard. She also enjoyed collecting teddy bears and decorating her home. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends and looked forward to visits from her grandchildren. Lois was active at Golden Oakland Senior Center and currently served on the board of directors. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lloyd, Marvin and Robert; sisters, Viola and Violet; grandson, Benjamin. Survivors include her husband, Peter of Oakland; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Mary Schmidt of Cedar Falls, IA, Timothy and Rosa Schmidt of Oakland; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Kent Andersen of Oakland; five grandchildren, Aleah Unwin of Omaha, NE, Samuel Schmidt of Oakland, Kaleb (Luryn) Andersen of Oakland; Maxwell (Paige) Andersen of Manhattan, KS, William Andersen of Oakland; two great grandchildren, Jacob Unwin and Olivia Unwin of Oakland; brothers and sisters-in-law, Melvin and Florence Sorensen of St. Francis, MN, Gary and Carol Sorensen of Princeton, MN, Nancy Sorensen of Sturgeon Lake, MN; many nieces and nephews.

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