Lois Field Roewe
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Lois Field Roewe, formerly of Laurens, IA, died unexpectedly Thursday night at Deerfield Retirement Center in Urbandale where she had lived since 2006.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, a retired farmer whom she described as "the man who made me happy for 61 years." The couple lived on the Roewe family farm established in 1882 near Laurens in Pocahontas County where they raised four children. After retirement, Lois and Joe purchased a home in Laurens where they remained until the move to Deerfield.
Lois was born of on November 25, 1920, in Lane SD, the daughter of Emma and Lewis Field, both pharmacists, and had two sisters and a brother. Lois spent most of her childhood in Hawarden, IA, where she graduated from high school. She attended Wayne State College in Nebraska, and then graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. She taught school in Washta, IA and then in Laurens, where she met her husband Joseph Earl Roewe.
Highly involved over the years in the local community, Lois was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, a past president of the Federated Women's Club, a member of the United Methodist Church of Laurens, two bridge clubs, former chair of the Pocahontas County Democrats, and the Laurens Golf and Country Club.
Lois will be remembered for her physical activity and competitiveness to the very day of her death. She loved to dance and often told of dancing with Lawrence Welk in the 1940's, and played golf past her 90th birthday. Lois was an active member of Deerfield's Wii bowling league and represented Deerfield in local competitions. She could outpace nearly anyone on even a leisurely stroll. Even on the day of her death, she had enjoyed a shopping excursion with a girlfriend and addressed an evening marketing meeting at Deerfield.
Lois was extremely proud of her family and enjoyed regular meals and outings with them. Lois is survived by her older brother, Paul (Irene) Field of Charles City, IA; her sister-in-law, Rachel Morgan; her four children, Gary Roewe (Susan Thomsen) of Johnston, Marcia Wubben (Alan) of Forest City, Janet Piller (Dan) of Urbandale and Dale Roewe (Michele Haas) of Laurens; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and former son-in-law, Norm Farrington and former daughter-in-law, Susan Schaut.
A brief memorial service will be held Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at Deerfield Retirement Center in Urbandale. A funeral service will be held at the Laurens United Methodist, Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a brunch. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to the Laurens United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer's research program at Mayo Clinic.
Published in Des Moines Register from May 5 to May 6, 2012