Lois Leif
1928 - 2020

Lois Leif

August 30, 1928-November 21, 2020

ORION-Lois Leif, 92, of Orion, passed away, Saturday, November 21, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Trinity, Rock Island from complications of Covid-19.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family graveside services will be held at this time. Burial will be at Western Township Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Swedona Lutheran Church.

Lois was born on August 30, 1928 in Coal Valley, IL, the daughter of Lewis and Frances (Branberg) Cook. She married Leo W Leif on May 18, 1946, in Troy, KS. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2002. Lois was a self-employed beautician for 46 years and retired in 2004. She was the oldest active member in her church. She took part in the WELCA circle, the Swedish smorgasbord, ice cream social, as well as many different committees at church. Lois was a gold star mother, a member of the Orion VFW Auxiliary, former Opheim American Legion Auxiliary, and the Orion American Legion Auxiliary. She was an accomplished seamstress being well known for her appliqued sweatshirts. She loved to bake, her specialties being coffee cakes, pies, and peanut brittle. She was a very generous, caring person, and especially enjoyed family gatherings.

Survivors include her daughters, Dianna (Jim) DeBaillie, Orion, Jill Hoke, Moline; 8 grandchildren, Randy (Cindy) DeBaillie, Rob (Heather) DeBaillie, Tony (Nikki) DeBaillie, Jeremy (Mandi) Kruse, Jason (Nikki) Kruse, Jessica (Travis) White, Justin Leif, and Krystal (Sam) Wilson; 17 great grandchildren and was lovingly expecting her 18th great grandchild; sisters, Mary Johnson, Orion, and Rose Nepple, Moline; brother, Marvin (Kathy) Cook, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; 2 sons, Michael and Joel; 3 brothers, William Cook, Ray Cook, and Donald Cook.

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Published by The Rock Island Dispatch Argus from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25, 2020.
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When my dad married my step mom Jill, I became part of Lois' family as well... she was the most crafty, family oriented, hard working lady that I had ever met. She welcomed everyone into her home and once you were there you would immediately know that it was a special place - full of traditions and nostalgia (some good - like one of the guys sneaking down to the basement to put on the Santa suit to surprise the kids or the hot apple cider with cinnamon schnapps on Christmas Eve... to the not so good - like lutefisk and "fruit soup" lol. ) She loved Paige and was responsible for her freshly cut toddler bangs (just like Dora haha) and she would bribe her to sit still with a half a piece of Juicy Fruit gum. She was very complementary of my artistic abilities and when someone like Lois says something, you believe them. I was always included as one of her grandchildren - from Christmas and birthdays to our annual "back to school outings"... which are things that I have continued as well in my own family. Two things I love the most in the world crafting and my "littles", I can't help but believe that she was more than a small factor in both - now, I have 6 grandbabies - 4 of which I share zero DNA with - but I am their theirs' because she was mine.
Kris (Hoke) Castel
November 25, 2020
Dianna and Jim, I am sorry for the passing of your mom. She led a good long life and can now go home to the loved ones waiting for her in heaven. Such good times I remember visiting your house, Dianna! Peace and comfort are prayed for the whole family.
Sandra Fioretti
November 23, 2020