Lois Faye Peterson-Braun, 69, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at home with family by her side after a courageous battle against metastatic breast cancer.
Lois was born in Black River Falls. She graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1966, after which she moved to Minneapolis, with the dream of caring for others. She lived that dream her whole life. While raising four busy and active children, Lois served others with an entrepreneurial flair as co-owner of a daycare company and later owner of a home health care company, Independent Living Home Care. Her compassion, hard work ethic, and business acumen impacted clients, their family, and employees. Called “Boss Lady” by her beloved employees, she ran a tight ship and had an unending supply of hugs and smiles to share.
Lois’ most treasured moments were time spent with family. Known lovingly as “Nana,” “Nannie” and “Grandma Lois,” by her grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, she always had pictures to share or stories to tell of their achievements and adventures. Family will treasure special every day moments spent together, such as coffee on the porch, spirited Yahtzee games with her blowing on the dice for good luck, and dancing the Chicken Dance right to the final days, with a twinkle in her eye and joyful smile on her face. Lois had a beautiful collection of angels, which she proudly displayed on her fireplace mantle and curio cabinet, readily sharing stories of each one.
Lois taught us to embrace each moment together and to care for one another…all with a perfect balance of grace and strength, humor and love.
Lois is preceded in death her parents, Hugh and Myrtle Hansen; sisters, Ramona Duxbury and Leona Liebl; grandsons, Noah and Andrew; and stepson Matthew Braun.
Lois is survived by her loving husband of 13 years, Gary Braun. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Gina (Chris) Lemke, Thomas (Jennifer) Peterson, Jon (Rubi) Peterson, Tara (Joshua) Schoeller; stepchildren, Michael Braun, Mark (Kristin) Braun; grandchildren, Alexander, Ayla, Anthony, Jenna, Abigail, Ryan, Morgan, Elijah, Jonah, Isabel, Eden, Emmett, Owen, Eloise, Madeline and Amelie; stepgrandchildren, Alexis, Ashley, Angelina, Amara, Wyatt, Lucy, Zachary, Hailey and Addison; sisters, Beatrice (Richard) Horswill, Rose McGillick, Fern (Ralph) Felske and Linda Schrott; the father of her four children, David (Judy) Peterson; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Jan. 15, at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 7171 Glenridge Drive, Atlanta, Ga., officiated by Monsignor Joe Corbett. Interment and celebration of life will follow this summer in Black River Falls, June 9, 2018. Details will be forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lois’ niece, Cathy Brewster, who is valiantly recovering from a serious accident last October. Lois and Cathy were like sisters and will forever hold a special bond together. www.gofundme.com/cathy-brewster-recovery-fund.
The family expresses deep gratitude to Assured Hospice Care and Visiting Angels of Alpharetta for their loving care and expertise.
One of Lois’ parting words when asked what she needed was “Love!” We must remember to “Love” when we remember Lois.
May you rest in peace and sleep with the angels, precious and loving Nana, Mom and Wife.