July 16, 2019
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior
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.