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Lois Elaine Gangnes

Lois Elaine Gangnes, wife, mother, homemaker, educator, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away in Encinitas, California, on January 15, 2013. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 8, 1924, to Doris Parker Swanson and George Oliver Swanson. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from Washburn High School. After two years of study at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, she joined the U.S. Army Security Agency in Arlington, Virginia, where she met her future husband, then Army Lt. Alfred V. Gangnes of Fragaria, Washington. Lois was an extraordinarily attractive, vivacious young woman and she stole away Al's heart, commencing more than 67 years of equally-shared, enduring love. Lois and Al were married in Minneapolis on June 8, 1946. Three sons followed, and while they were still in elementary school, Lois returned to college. She not only performed brilliantly in the classroom, obtaining her degree in home economics from Chapman University in Orange, California, in 1965, she also quickly adapted to the rigors of academic life, and deftly balanced and accommodated the competing demands on her time and energy of nurturing and raising three boys into their teenage years, supporting her husband in advancing and contributing to the success of his career as a corporate executive, and strengthening her long-time relationships with other family and friends. Lois was always up to the task, if Al would call in the afternoon and tell her he was bringing clients home for dinner, a couple of British Admirals and the local British Consul from Los Angeles who were looking forward to a home-cooked meal, Lois would treat them to a five-course, five star dinner that evening. She loved to entertain and was a superb hostess. In later years, Lois spoke fondly of her years teaching homemaking in the Orange High School District program for unwed mothers. Al's job took them to rural Pepper Pike, Ohio, where they built a beautiful home on land adjacent to a forest preserve. When he retired from Figgie International in 1982, they headed to the Pacific Northwest where they had a waterfront home on Hood Canal. They also maintained a winter home at the Springs Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Lois and Al enjoyed traveling the world, Gangnes family vacations, Northwest boating, golfing at the Springs, charitable activities, and socializing with family and friends. In 2006, she and Al moved to the La Costa Glen retirement community in Carlsbad, California, where they continued their charitable activities and made numerous new friends and acquaintances. With their extended family, they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on June 8 and her 88th birthday on October 8, 2012. Lois always spoke enthusiastically and affectionately about her sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren and what they were doing. To her, they were her life, the product of her enduring values of character, hard work and integrity, and her proudest legacy. Lois is survived by Al, her companion and life partner; her sister and brother-in-law, Gretchen and Phillip Hildreth of Charlotte, North Carolina; her three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Rondi, of Bainbridge Island, Washington; Dr. Richard and Dana, of San Juan Capistrano, California; and Jeffrey and Cathy, of Fragaria, Washington; her eight grandchildren and their spouses, Kimberly (Gangnes) and Pablo Repetto, of Cote de Caza, California; Kjorina (Jori Gangnes) and Jed Weaver, of Pembroke Pines, Florida; Christopher and Lana Gangnes, of San Clemente, California; Haakon Gangnes, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Zack Tucker Gangnes, of Vancouver, British Columbia; Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, of Portland, Oregon; Lizabet (Libby) Gangnes, of Bainbridge Island, Washington; and Brennan Gangnes, of San Juan Capistrano, California; and her two great grandchildren, Isabella Repetto, of Cote de Caza, California; and Jacob Gangnes, of San Clemente, California, all of whom greatly miss her inspiring example and are consoled by the fact that she lived an extraordinarily satisfying, rich, long and good life and is now at peace with her Maker. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, the family requests that her friends consider a gift to Chapman University in her memory.

Sign Lois' on-line Guest Book

at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2013
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