Lois A. Foukal, 84, joined her beloved "Boobala" and Jesus in heaven on Nov. 21, 2010. Mom passed away of natural causes at Spring Meadows assisted living in Bozeman.
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Born on May 5, 1926, in Evanston, Ill. to Emil A. and Julia Hart Anderson, Lois grew up in Willamette, Ill., and graduated from New Trier Township High School in 1944. She then attended and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1948.
While at the U of M, she met the love of her life, Robert James Foukal, and they were married Aug. 28, 1948. They lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., for two years while Bob finished school, then moved to Cleveland where their two daughters, Karyn and Kristyn, were born. Lois and Bob then moved to Birmingham, Mich., where they lived for 18 years.
In 1974, the love of fly fishing and the lure of the mountains and wide open spaces lured Bob and Lois to Bozeman. Both daughters moved to Bozeman to join them shortly thereafter. Bob and Lois loved Bozeman and made many friends in the Bozeman area. Lois worked for many years as secretary for Helen Johnson Real Estate.
While Bozeman was always home, Bob and Lois were snowbirds for 12 winters in their second home, Tucson, Ariz. Their fondness of the mountains and the desert was very evident in their calling card which contained the quote, "Not to have known, as most men have not, either the mountain or the desert is not to have known one's self."
We will remember our mom for her homemaking skills, good cooking, sense of humor, love for her children, her grandchildren, and her great-granddaughter, Bailey. She loved her dogs, especially her little Mandi. She and Bob enjoyed various social activities with their friends and family and loved spending time on the many rivers in the area, and in their "motto," WERFSHN. Mom was a big fan of University of Michigan sports.
Her husband Bob, parents Emil and Julia, and her brother Emil (Doonie) Anderson preceded her in death.
Lois is survived by her daughters, Karyn (David) Kumlien of Bozeman, and Kristyn (Bill) Walton of Three Forks; her grandson, Kristopher (Andrea) Kumlien and great-granddaughter, Bailey Rae of Bozeman; grandson, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Kevin Kumlien of Fort Hood, Texas; sister-in-law, Gayle Langland; and her brother, Donald Anderson of Minocqua, Wis.
Private services will be held on Dec. 22.
Donations in memory of Lois may be made to Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, P.O. Box 1165, Bozeman, MT 59771-1165.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5, 2010