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Lois Wanous

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Lois Wanous, 80, of Owatonna, Minn., died Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Homestead Hospice House.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church of Owatonna with the Rev. Dave Klawiter officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Michaelson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bohemian National Cemetery in Owatonna.

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She was born Aug. 18, 1928, to LeRoy and Hedwig "Hazel" (Joecks) Krassin in Waseca, Minn. She was baptized Sept. 9, 1928, at Wilton Lutheran Church and confirmed July 4, 1943. She was raised and attended country school in St. Mary's Township near Waseca. After school, she worked for Birds Eye in Waseca. She married Lloyd Holthus in June 1947. They farmed near Waseca. Later, they moved to Janesville where they owned and operated a service station. They then moved to Owatonna where they owned and operated another service station. She also worked for Westside Care Center and Fair Lanes Bowling Alley. She and her husband, Lloyd, later divorced. She married Jim Wanous Sept. 27, 1975. They made their home in Janesville and in 1986, they moved to Owatonna. She worked for Brown Printing until 1991.

She enjoyed bowling and bowled in leagues. She also enjoyed dancing, crocheting, mending clothes and baking.She is survived by her husband; sons, Larry (Carolyn) Holthus of Tenstrike, Leroy (Rebecca) Holthus of Owatonna, Lynn (Judith) Holthus of Owatonna, Lane (Dawn) Holthus of Janesville, Loel (Lynne) Holthus of Owatonna and Lee (Diane) Holthus of Waseca; daughter, Linda (Tom Strand) Erdman of Ellendale; step-son, Kevin (Patty) Wanous of Owatonna; brothers, Harvey Krassin of Waseca and Merlin (Viola) Krassin of Waseca; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents and twin brother, Lowell.

Memorials are preferred to Homestead Hospice House.

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