Lois Stallman

lois stallman
Lois Pearl (Jensen) Stallman, 90, Moorhead, MN, (formerly of Barney, ND; Fargo, ND; and Mesa, AZ) died early Thursday morning, July 11th, at Lilac Homes Memory Care, Moorhead, MN, Lois was born, at home, on Oct. 20th, 1928, in Wyndmere Township, ND, to Marius Lee and Grace (Millard) Jensen. She graduated from Wyndmere High School in 1946, and, in 1971, at age 43, she graduated from the ND State School of Science, at Wahpeton, ND, with a Licensed Practical Nursing Degree. Mom was very proud of this accomplishment. In 1942, Mom met a good-looking guy, in Wyndmere, outside the show hall, on a Saturday night. She was fourteen and immediately knew he was the one. Tom went to war and fought in some of the most horrific battles in the Pacific Theatre. Mom always said, she didn’t know why, but she knew he’d come home. Lois waited for him, and then married that good looking man, Thomas Robert Stallman, on Oct. 30, 1946, at St. John’s Catholic Church, in Wyndmere, ND. She was eighteen. After their marriage, mom received her teaching certificate and taught school at several local country schools. Lois and Tom were the parents of five children: Terrill (Jane Grahn), Detroit Lakes, MN; Patrick (Margie Frick), Rochester, MN; Timothy, Fargo, ND; Renee (Guy) Sander, West Fargo, ND; and Gerard (Doreen Lenssen), Billings, MT. After mom received her nursing degree, she worked for several years at St. Francis Hospital, Breckenridge, MN, mostly on the geriatric floor. These were cherished times for her that she never forgot. Lois and Tom lived for over 40 years just outside of Barney, ND, where dad farmed and, in the later years worked for Senator Quentin Burdick, in Fargo, and mom managed the daily lives of their five kids. They were members of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Mooreton, ND. In 1983, they moved to Fargo, ND, where life was a little easier for dad to get to work. After dad’s retirement, they bought a home in Mesa, AZ, where they wintered. They summered at their daughter’s home in West Fargo. After dad’s death in 2004, Lois moved to Riverview Place, in Fargo. During her good years, she loved to play Bridge and always beat everyone at Scrabble. Mom was a voracious reader, and often took seven books each Wednesday, when the Fargo Library came to Riverview. Dementia slowly took her mind, and in 2016, she needed more concentrated care, so we moved her to Lilac Homes Memory Care, in south Moorhead, MN. Mom continued to read up to ten books a week and could remember all of them. At times, mom couldn’t remember our names, but if a repeat book was ever brought to her, she raised her voice, much to the consternation of the staff! They learned quickly. Reading was truly her passion, and God granted her very good eyes. In March, she stopped reading, and that was the beginning of the end. We knew things were changing. Lois is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Thomas, her parents Marius and Grace Jensen, her two brothers, Richard and Ross (Lucian Moulsoff) Jensen, her very beloved Aunt Pearl Millard, and her cherished granddaughter Casey Louise Stallman, four-year-old daughter of Jerry and Dee Stallman, who succumbed to brain cancer. She is survived by her five children and their spouses (listed earlier) and her nine grandchildren, Nikki (Nat) Willgohs, Joe (Karri Gorter) Stallman, & Karra (Nate) Krump; Amy (Bill) Fouks & Adam Stallman and fiancée, Sharon Su; Guy (Melissa Fenech) Sander II & Joseph Sander and life partner Kimberly Metzger; Emily & Ally Stallman; and her thirteen great-grandchildren; Lyndsey (Zach) Staskywicz, Rachel & Ryan Willgohs; Reese & Grady Stallman; Corbin & Berit Krump; Madelyn & Conner Fouks; and Kathryn, Olivia, Ivy and Rowan Sander. The family would like to thank Riverview Place, Fargo, for their twelve years of wonderful care, and Lilac Homes Assisted Living Memory Care and Gina & Bill Larson, Moorhead, for their exceptional compassion and loving care for mom for the last three years, along with Hospice of the Red River Valley for making mom’s last weeks the most comfortable as possible. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, July 16th, at 1:00 PM, at the Chapel at Boulger Funeral Home, with her memorial service following at 2:00 PM, in the same location. Per their wishes, mom has been cremated, and her ashes will be buried beside Dad’s at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, in Mandan, ND. Refreshments will follow in the Boulger Funeral Home’s Celebration of Life Center.

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  1. I was fortunate to meet Lois a few decades ago through my friendship with her son, Jerry. Her and husband Tom were such a wonderful couple, so very pleasant to be around and spend time with. In a person’s life you run across those who stand out for a delightfulness that was contagious; Lois was one of those. She was one of the experiences I gather under the heading “pleasant” that dot our time on this earth and make the journey enjoyable. Whether at Jerry’s wedding or just popping in with him for a visit at their home, she had a quick smile that welcomed everyone. Please accept my condolences and feel confident she’s enjoying her reward with Tom in the hereafter.

  2. Lois was a grand lady. She was always friendly, pleasant, happy, and involved. She was a great supporter of Democratic Women Plus and championing the cause with her husband, Tommy. They were a great pair. I can visualize her laugh. She was a great giver to the Party. She will be missed by many.

    God gave his memories so we might have roses in December (Barrie) Though the tears with sadness never cease, my prayers for you are the tears with laughter flow as you remember the happy times shared. God’s blessings of patience, wisdom, strength,and courage for each new day.

  3. Renee, Guy and family
    My sympathies to you and your family in your loss of your mother/grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you At this difficult time.

  4. I just read about Lois’ passing from one of my nursing classmates. Saddened to hear of her passing, but looks as though she lead a very good life, I am sure her rewards in heaven will be many. She was a wonderful person, and I am glad that she was a nursing classmate of mine. I was only 19 at that time and she was always so helpful, treated all the young students like they were her own children. She was an excellent nurse. May she rest in peace. Deepest sympathy to all of you. May God give you strength and comfort at this difficult time.

  5. Please accept our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss.
    We are thankful to have known Lois pray for comfort and strength during difficult time. Barb and Vivian Pelzl

  6. My memories of my Aunt Lois are precious. I am so grateful to have had her and Uncle Tom as my Godparents. Aunt Lois was such a lady. She and I shared reading and when I was young I read some of the books she read as a child. My love and thoughts are with the five of you. So sorry we can’t be with you. You have been well loved by your wonderful Mom and Dad. Love, Betty (Jensen) Laman and family

  7. I worked at Riverview Place when Lois was a resident. Such a lovely, kind lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her.
    My sympathy to her family.

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