Lois A. Simons, 101, of Rochester, Minn., and formerly of Winona and Marshall, Minn., passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Madonna Towers, Rochester, Minn.
Lois Anne was born on October 31, 1917, in Marshall, Minn., to Harry and Lela (Maxwell) Simons. She graduated as valedictorian from Marshall High School, Marshall, Minn.; received her Bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and her Master’s degree from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Ma. She moved to Winona in 1957 and served as the registrar for 11 years and then as the director of institutional research at Winona State University for 11 years, retiring in 1979.
Lois was a member of the former Central United Methodist Church, Winona; Delta Kappa Gamma; AAUW; Watkins Home Auxiliary Executive Board; WSU Alumni Society; and the Winona Retired Teachers Association.
She served on active duty with the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1943-46 and again from 1951-54 and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant commander in September 1954.
She is survived by a sisters-in-law, Vivian Evans, Montevideo, Minn., and Ruthanne Bennett, Lino Lakes, Minn.; nephews, Brad Evans, Montevideo, Minn., and Paul Evans, Paynesville, Minn.; and niece, Colleen Evans, Vermillion, S.D.; among other nieces and nephews and friends from Winona and Madonna Towers in Rochester.
Lois will be dearly remembered as a kind and independent woman ahead of her time. She enlisted in the Navy when it was uncommon for women to do so. She enjoyed travel around the United States and the world. She loved cats and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Committal prayers and interment will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Marshall Cemetery, Marshall, Minn., with Pastor Gwen Bohlke officiating.
Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis. Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.