Lois Marvel Wanless, 98, of Richland Center died Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Schmitt Woodland Hills.

She was born on August 12, 1918 the daughter of Jay and Zelpha (Briggs) Ekleberry. On March 15, 1941 Lois was united in marriage to Cecil Wanless and who preceded her in death in 2000. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was known in her home town of Viola, Wisconsin and Richland County as a beloved elementary school teacher of 37 years.

Lois is survived by two sons: Rudy Allen Wanless (wife Beverly) of Goodlettsville, TN, Ronald Arles Wanless (wife Katherine King) of Ligonier, PA; daughter-in-law Marsha Cetawin; 4 grandchildren; Travis (wife Dawn) and Dax Wanless, Sarah Wanless Aaron (husband Ryan) and Jeremy Wanless (wife Mary); 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, sister-in-laws, Joanne and Jossie Ekleberry.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents Jay and Zelpha Ekleberry, husband Cecil, sister Norma Wanless and husband Clyde Jr., brothers Lyle and Leland Ekleberry.

She graduated from Viola High School in 1939, Richland County Normal and Platteville University of Wisconsin with a BS in Education. Lois taught elementary school including single room Tunnelville and Ekleberry. She taught Gillingham 3rd thru 5th grade and for 21 years Viola Public First Grade. She was small but strict and loved and was loved by her students. She was active in her hometown of Viola and during her many years at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Center. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Teacher’s Sorority, Eastern Star (a Worthy Matron) and Viola United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Pratt Memorial Chapel with burial to follow in the Viola Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Pratt Memorial Chapel from 12:00 PM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM.

The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com.