Born October 27, 1932 in Montesano, WA to Albert and Sybil Kepka, took her last breath at her home on November 20,2020 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed in June 2020. Her daughter and son-in-law were by her side.
Lois grew up in Fife, WA where her family owned the "corner grocery store". Lois and her brother spent their summers in Montesano with her grandma. She was close to the family and met with her cousins and second cousins up until her passing from the Wilkeson area. Lois attended Central Washington College and pursued her teaching certificate and bachelor's degree. An explorer by nature, Lois even attended a NASA training in 1959. She taught over thirty years grades 2, 4, and Kindergarten. Lois and Doug, her husband of 45 years, lived in Lake Oswego, OR and Silverlake, WA before moving to Port Angeles in 1972. Lois and Doug called the Olympic Peninsula "God's country". Every summer they entertained family and friends from all over the world before retiring in the early nineties from the Port Angeles School District after teaching there 25 years. Doug passed away in October 2000.
Driving the Alcan Highway with her two children was one of Lois' greatest accomplishments. Lois traveled to Europe with her dad and stepmom, with her daughter and mother-in-law to Scotland and Great Britain, Germany and Amsterdam with her daughter, and to Scotland with her sister-in-law. In between trips abroad, Lois spent time with her children and two granddaughters whom she loved so much. Lois and Doug also traveled the United States with their various RVs before settling in Quartzsite, AZ, where family and friends visited from all over the world. Lois was an entertainer and loved people, especially children and her Kindergarteners.
In the fall of 2014, Lois was blessed to meet a second soulmate, Art Bradow. They traveled to Arizona, Minnesota (where she out-fished the boys), Nevada and eastern Washington. Lois and Art were inseparable these past few years and brought out the best in each other. Lois and Art loved two-step dancing year-round and spending time with their families.
Lois is survived by Art Bradow, her sister Norene Tibbitts, sister-in-law Victoria (Doug), brother-in-law (Richard), cousin Fred Pyfer (Maryellen), her daughter Sharon Potratz (Mike), and son Jerry (Gretchen), Barbara Cason (Dave), granddaughters Janelle and Emily, and great-granddaughter Willa Louise, Jon Potratz (Beckie), Chris Potratz (Shami), Matt Potratz, Jessica Libolt (Chris), twelve additional great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and other members of Art's family in Washington and Minnesota.
Lois enjoyed life to its fullest and her Celebration of Life will be February 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church in Sequim. RSVP and masks are required for this service. The service will be streamed on the Faith Lutheran Church, Sequim, WA website. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the nearest local Hospice, a charity or church of your choice.
Published in Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 14, 2021.