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Lois "Loiy" Faye Ihnen

November 23, 1939 - May 21, 2021
From: Spirit Lake, IA
Lois "Loiy"  Faye Ihnen

Lois "Loiy" Faye Ihnen

Born: November 23, 1939
Died: May 21, 2021
Age: 81

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     Lois 'Loiy' Faye Ihnen was born November 23, 1939 in Sibley, IA to Vernon and Erma Ihnen. She attended 12 years of school in Everly, IA, graduating in 1957. After earning her BA from Westmar College, she taught elementary school in Sioux Valley, Ocheyedan and Spirit Lake School districts, retiring in 1998 after teaching 38 years. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Everly and taught Sunday School for 18 years. She became a member of First Lutheran in Milford in 1990.

     During her youth, Loiy loved being with friends and going to concerts at the Roof Garden and going to the roller rink.  She would often take nephews and nieces to the races in Jackson. Playing cards with the Gano family and spending time with the McKeens were also favorite pass times. 

     For many years, Loiy worked at the Pioneer Theatre in Milford, which was owned by longtime friend, Roger Blunt.  She was co-owner with Peg Fliss of the Learning Locker in Spirit Lake and she also joined Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1987.

     After retirement, Loiy enjoyed volunteer work at Lakes Regional Hospital, being on the board of Friends of the Library in Spirit Lake, crocheting (at least one afghan for all nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews), Red Hats and Federated Women activities, playing cards and especially, spending time with ‘wonderful’ nieces and nephews. Lois moved back to Everly in December, 2003.

     She loved her Class of 57 reunions and never missed an Ihnen reunion or a gathering of retired teachers. Loiy travelled to Alaska, Germany, Nashville, Montana, Arizona, and New England States with her favorite tour group guide, Sherri or Vi, Peg, Shirley, Marge and family members. She loved scrapbooking, baking cookies and making fritters, playing bingo, gardening and watching Twins’ baseball games.

     Loiy is survived by her sister, Marlis Tesch and family friend, Vi Ihnen; 8 nieces and nephews: Pat Thomsen(Terry), Mike Fell, Sandy Langner(Dale), Craig Tesch, Cindy Sonius(Jim), Carrie Tesch and Beth Conroy, Sharon Mitchell(Jim) and Teresa Kiewiet(Travis).  Also, 19 great-nieces and nephews and 25 great-greats with 3 expecting. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Vernon(Pete) and Erma; sister, Bonnie Ihnen Fell; nephew, Mark Fell; Brother-in-laws Robert Tesch and Merlyn Fell; and friend, Roger Blunt.

Memorial Services will be 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the First Lutheran Church in Milford.
Pastor Brian Jack
Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service on Wednesday at the church.

"The Old Rugged Cross"/"Amazing Grace (Medley)
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"Oh, How I Love Jesus"
Lone Tree Cemetery 
Everly, Iowa


Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 9:34 AM
“So sorry to hear of the passing of Lois. Prayers and sympathies to your family”
- Rhonda(Ihnen)Blizel
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 9:13 AM
“Lois will be missed. I was blessed to know Lois through church. She was my daughter Bailey's prayer partner for confirmation several years ago. My deepest sympathy.”
- Tammi (Harrison) Dickman
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“So sorry to hear of Loiy's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Marlis and the whole Ihnen family. Have a lot of fun memories with your family. Vicki Schanberg Johanson ”
- Vicki Johanson
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 9:41 AM
“My sincerest condolences to Ms. Ihnen's family. I wasn't in her class but I remember her for her smile and sweet nature. She certainly left an impression on students that lasts to this day. She will be missed. ”
- Matthew Hawn
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 9:41 AM
“Lois was a wonderful elementary teacher in the Spirit Lake system. My recollection was a patient, caring teacher with a perpetual smile. It was my pleasure working with her.”
- Cyndy Powers
Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 8:18 AM
“I am sorry to hear about our loss of Miss Ihnen. She was my first grade teacher and provided an awesome Monarch experiment that I still recall. I also became a teacher and used all of my mentors for my own lessons.”
- Delbert Buchman
Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:01 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Lois! We enjoyed having her as our neighbor in Spirit Lake and Steve love pulling practical jokes on her when she was mowing her lawn on her dad's riding mower! She always shared a good laugh over that! Steve also enjoyed teaching with her and she was regarded as an excellent teacher who cared for her students. She will be missed!”
- Steve and Sharon Hanson
Friday, May 28, 2021 at 7:59 AM
“Loiy was a very interesting person. She told great stories and was easy to talk to. She always liked to talk about Peterson and working at Sioux Valley. She will be missed. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Mary Dean
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 12:30 PM
“I had Ms. Ihnen as a third grade teacher. I loved her. She was a great teacher and a very kind person. Prayers and hugs to the family.”
- Sally Christensen DeLoss
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“I taught for many years with Lois. She was a fine person and will be greatly missed.”
- Tom Corcoran
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“We are so saddened by her passing. She and I had an ongoing "feud" of being nasty. The sun doesn't shine quite as brightly now. She will be really missed. In Him, Sue and Galyn. ”
- Galyn and Sue Carpentier
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“Lois was a long lasting friend and colleague..We taught in the same school but different grade levels...She had that smile and kind expression for as long as I can remember.She loved her family the most...Time passes so quickly but not the memory of Lois. My sympathy to her family.
- Karen Krieger
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“Sympathy to Lois's family! She was a sweet, and wonderful person. We will all miss her! May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace!”
- Jim and Nancy Hartmann
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“Loiy and I go way back she was a neighbor, friend, my sons teacher and we were on the same bowling team. What a great person, I do not think she had an enemy. What great times we had.”
- Maxine Huntsinger
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“What a dear friend Lois was to me and many others. Her kindness and her smiles were such a blessing and an uplift. Wonderful teacher showing her love and the MUST to learning to her students. We will miss you Loiy. We thank God for all our wonderful memories. May you rest in peace. per Donna”
- Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“My sympathy to your family. ”
- Dayle Broocks
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“What a perfect picture of Loiy! It captures her spirit.
So many memories are treasures of having her as a dear friend and colleague. Hugs to all family & friends. ”
- Jackie& Richard Kelley
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“Loiy was a marvelous woman! Her kindness and love for people was shown in many ways. She adored her family and always brought a huge smile to her face when spoken about. We all will miss you Loiy!!! Rest in peace.”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“I read her obit message on Facebook from Peggy Fliss. Lois and Peggy had a teacher store business next to my dad's barber shop (before that my grandma's music store) on Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. My twin brother, Troy, had her as his 3rd grade teacher, and I have Peggy. The teachers all shared ideas and time together out in the hallway between classes. Ms. Ihnen was a nice person and as a teacher she was top notch. She will be missed by her friends and family-- and remembered for her status as a long time, well-respected teacher. Job well done, Ms. Ihnen!! ;o) ”
- Tara Currier-Hofer
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 1:14 PM
“Although I didn't work in the same building as Loiy, we did have colleagues and friends in common. She was a special person. Her students thought she was a pretty special also. I also thought of her as "Miss Mary Kay". I happened to see her several years ago and had to tell her who I was, but you could still see sparks of Loiy shining in her eyes. My condolences to her family and close friends.”
- Elaine Greer
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