Funeral service for Lois J. Rystrom, 88, of Aberdeen and formerly of Frederick will be 10:00 am, Friday, December 28, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Frederick. Rev. Justin Brotzel will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
There will be a prayer service Thursday at 7:00 pm with visitation from 5:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Lois died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.
Lois Joan Schaunaman was born July 13, 1930 in Aberdeen to William J. and Minnie B. (Manning) Schaunaman. She was the youngest of eight, and attended Sunnyside Country School in Lincoln Township and later at Aberdeen Public Schools, graduating from Central High School in 1948. In high school, she worked at the Orpheum, Lyric and Capitol Theaters. After graduation, she was employed at First National Bank in Aberdeen.
On June 20, 1951 she married Leo C. Rystrom at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen. She was later employed as a bookkeeper by Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. of Aberdeen and North Pacific Bank of Tacoma, WA while Leo was enlisted in the 44 Army Division and stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. In October of 1955 they moved to the Frederick area where they ranched, farmed, raised their family and retired.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and active in teaching Sunday School and WELCA. For family and friends, she created chalk art, acrylic painting, and sketched cards and pictures. She worked with Leo in the hay fields. Lois enjoyed the solitude and beauty of nature and the wildlife that was abundant on the ranch, gardening, making wine, and solving crossword puzzles. After living there for 60 years, they moved to Aberdeen, so she could continue receiving kidney dialysis.
She was loved by her family including daughter, Lynne (Buzz) McNeil of Stratford; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Tim Jalbert.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Leesa Jalbert, and all of her siblings, which were four brothers, and three sisters.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.