Lois Lucille Vesperman, age 86, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Skaalen Nursing Home in Stoughton, WI surrounded by family and loving caregivers.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 at the Livingston United Methodist Church, 415 Woodward Avenue, Livingston, WI with Past John Oliver officiating. Burial will be at Rock Church Cemetery. Visitation with be from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. immediately preceding the services. The Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home, Platteville, WI is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Lois' name to Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, WI 53711 (5395 E. Cheryl Parkway) or Janesville, WI 53548 (3001 Memorial Drive), Rock Cemetery in Livingston, WI or any charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.melbyfh.com.
Lois was born to Icy and William Wagner on May 11, 1926 on their family farm near Livingston, WI. She graduated from Livingston High School in 1944. She met Paul Vesperman at the dance hall in Rockville and they married on September 24, 1944 in Dodgeville, WI. Paul and Lois started farming on the Vesperman family farm in Ellenboro, and in 1953 they moved to a small farm on County D in Platteville where they lived until 1966. They then moved to the City of Platteville were Lois worked as a cook at the Platteville Junior High and as a retail clerk at Anthony's Department Store. Her last, and favorite, job was working at Spurgeon's Department Store for many years until retiring at age 67.
She loved nothing more than spending time with her family. Visiting her grandchildren and great-children brought such a smile to her face. She particularly loved to reminisce about her childhood and the many people she knew, fondly remembering the good old days, especially those spent with her sisters and brothers. She loved music and we loved to hear her yodel. Lois' favorite pastime was going to garage sales and thrift stores, spending hours shopping and coming home with treasures.
We were so fortunate to have such a loving and caring lady in our lives. She taught us the importance of family. She never judged others, treating everyone with respect, in turn teaching us to love and accept everyone. She taught us that what is on the inside is what really counts. Our inheritance from Mom is what she instilled in our hearts—giving us a solid foundation of love and compassion. If success could be defined by how much one is loved, Mom was an extraordinarily successful person. She will be missed.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband Paul, a daughter Peggy, her parents, three sisters, four brothers and loving in-laws. Survivors include her children: Paula (Tom) Gray, Michael Vesperman, and Beth (Bob) Quinn; her grandchildren: Carrie Gray, Jennifer (Jay) Taylor, Stephanie Gray, Melissa (Travis) Schlegel, Mac (Katie) Vesperman, Nicole Cullen, Amanda (Josh) Pederson, Jacob James, Kami (Maurion Knight) Quinn, Kasey Quinn, and Brianne (Jon) Klein; her great-grandchildren: Mallory and TJ Taylor, Fischer and Macie Schlegel, Anabelle and Mac Michael Vesperman, Liliana and Wyatt Pederson, Lucca Svaldi, Nolia Knight, Nevin Quinn, and Eisley Klein. She is also survived by her dear sister Helen Kenny, sisters-in-law Phyllis Wagner, Audrey Wagner and Jeanette Wagner, brothers-in-law Carl Edge, Jerry (Kathryn) Vesperman, many nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.
Lois' family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Skaalen Nursing Home in Stoughton, WI and to the staff of Agrace Hospice Center. Lois was blessed to have them all.