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Lois Marlene Shoutz

Lois Marlene Shoutz, age 70, of Cokato, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

She was born Aug. 3, 1938, at home in Randall, MN to Alfred and Amy (Larson) Turnquist. Lois grew up in Randall and attended elementary school there.

She graduated from Little Falls High School in 1959, and went on to attend the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, where she received her registered nursing (RN) degree.

Through the years, Lois worked at Swedish Hospital, the VA Hospital in St. Cloud, the Winsted Hospital, and the Cokato Hospital. She finished her career at the Cokato Manor, where she spent more than 25 years.

Lois was united in marriage to Don Shoutz Dec. 30, 1961, at the Presbyterian Church of Randall, by the Rev. Harry Dodgson. They began their life together in St. Cloud, then moved to Montevideo, and finally settled in Cokato.

Lois was very involved in her church as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, elder, and part of the Mission Committee. She enjoyed the fellowship of other Christians, loved music, and played both the piano and the accordion.

Her other interests included reading, cooking, friends, traveling, and fishing. She looked forward to spending time with her family and making holidays special for everyone.

Lois had diabetes, and was interested in new advances and the search for a cure.

She is survived by her husband, Don, of Cokato; a son, Shawn (Heather Geagan) of Clearwater; a daughter, Kari (Joseph) Jarl of Cokato; grandchildren Justin, James, Sarah Jo, Courtney, Gunnar, and Leif; a sister, Ila (Ed) Basch of White Bear Lake; a niece, Rebecca; and a nephew, Tony.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; and two infant children.

The funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church of Cokato, with interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation took place Monday, Nov. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church.

The Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.