Lois Godeke, 1930-2018

Published 12:03 am Saturday, March 3, 2018

Memorial services for Lois Rose Godeke, 87, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hollandale Christian Reformed Church. The Rev. Wendell Davelaar will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Lois was lovingly surrounded by her family when she went home to meet her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

Lois Rose Godeke was born June 23, 1930, in Springfield, the daughter of Heiko and Rose (Davin) Veldman. She grew up north of Hollandale and attended school in Hollandale. On Aug. 12, 1948, Lois was united in marriage to William Godeke at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She worked for a time as a truck driver for Sorensen Brothers Inc. but loved her job as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother most.

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Lois was a member of Hollandale Christian Reformed Church, where she was active in the ladies aide. She was also a member of Far Horizons Hiking Club and an honorary artillery commander of the New Ulm Battery. Lois enjoyed flower gardening, golfing and hiking. She cherished the time she spent with family and friends in Minnesota and Arizona.

Lois is survived by her husband of 69 years, William; children Sharon McCallum, Larry Godeke, Lora (Kent) Karsjens and Cindy Clapp; grandchildren Amy (Matt) Brand, Brian (Holly) Karsjens, Jason (Brittaney) Clapp and Colton Clapp; great-grandchildren Brayden Karsjens, Tearick Clapp and Abigail, Gwyneth, Simon and Marcus Brand; sisters Alice Cox and Virginia (Bill) Coburn; sisters-in-law Peggy Matter, Betty Veldman and Virginia Miller; many nieces and nephews; and family and friends in Arizona.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Floyd (Carmen) Matter, Darvin ‘Bud’ Matter, Harold (Patty) Veldman and Richard Veldman; stepsisters Rencina (Charles) Smith and Gertude Veldman; stepbrother, Ralph Veldman; brothers-in- law Chuck Cox and Art Smith; son-in-law, Michael Clapp; and grandson, Cody Clapp.

Memorials are preferred to Hollandale Christian School.