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Lois Vranesh

Services: Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault
  Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Visitation: The Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault
  Friday, August 3, 2012 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Lois L. Vranesh, age 81, of Faribault, died peacefully on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at her home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault, with the Reverend Dennis Tamke and the Reverend Henry L. Doyle officiating. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.

Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Friday, August 3, 2012, from 3 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Lois Louise, the daughter of James and Lucile (Johnson) McNerney, was born on November 18, 1930 in Fairmont. She married Nicholas Vranesh in July of 1954 and he preceded her in death in 1963. Lois graduated from the University of Minnesota and did her postgraduate education at Purdue University, Santa Clara University, Mankato State University and University of Minnesota. She has a degree in Music, Piano, Guidance and Counseling, Social Studies and Specialist Degree. Lois was employed by Faribault Public Schools from 1963 to 2001. She taught piano lessons for over 60 years until one month ago. She saw each piano student as a treasure and a gift. She offered her musical skills for school plays, was involved in the Little Theatre of Owatonna, was a founding member of The Merlin Players, she endowed the boardroom for Paradise Center for the Arts, and directed the choir at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church. Lois gently tended her garden of over 350 different hostas and other plants. She traveled the world seeing the sights and sounds and people of over 40 countries. She enjoyed her many furry friends throughout the years and especially Annie, her cat, who was with her until the end.

Lois was blessed many times in her life, including the dozens of visitors each day to her home during the last few weeks of hospice care. Her piano students came to play for her. She heard the lovely tones of her piano being brought forth by her friends, family and students. Singing, violin playing and words of love filled her final days. Lois made many anonymous donations to her community and always was an advocate for children, homeless people and animals, and anyone who needed help. Her faith guided her and made her a woman of grace.

She is survived by her three children, Robert (and Lisa) Vranesh of Des Moines, IA, Nancy (and Michael) Niemi of Yoder, CO, and Deb (and Ernest Brown) Vranesh of West Des Moines, IA, and her partner, Sidney Langston of Faribault.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Nicholas.


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Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Name: Todd Driessen
Email:
Date: Sunday August 26, 2012

Memories

So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady and had such a positive influence on so many FSHS students and the community in general. May she rest in peace.

Name: Emily Harper (Becher)
Email: siloways@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday August 08, 2012

Memories

I was fortunate to have Lois in my life as a piano teacher and mentor. Nearly 30 years ago, I gave her a perpetual flip calendar with Bible verses on it as a Christmas present, and in her last letter, she mentioned that she still had it on/near her piano and used it regularly. I've always appreciated her passionate, optimistic, yet realistic - "why not?" - approach to life. I'm honored to have had Lois play the piano for my wedding and participate in performances of "Oklahoma!" with her. She's continued to make a perpetual difference in my life, as I'm sure she has for many who knew her. God blessed many people through her and yes, she will be missed!

Name: Nancy Homeier
Email: mommanancy@charter.net
Date: Friday August 03, 2012

Memories

Thank you Lois for convincing me to go on to college. I'll always remember how you explained its importance. RIP.

Name: Fred Link
Email: flink501@hotmail.com
Date: Friday August 03, 2012

Memories

Dear Sid, My deepest sympathy in the passing away of Lois. I never knew her,but I know that she was very talented in so many ways. You took such very good care of her,that I know too. It goes without saying that you will miss her greatly. Take care of yourself in the days ahead. Sincerely, Fred Link

Name: Kris Hertsgaard Kincaid
Email:
Date: Friday August 03, 2012

Memories

As a student at FSHS, your mom was an inspiration. Her smile and daily invitation to enjoy life were gifts that I appreciated. Blessed be your memories.

Name: Mary Lubke
Email: marylubke454@comcast.net
Date: Thursday August 02, 2012

Memories

Lois had a big, black dog named Chi, who she lost last July. Chi had long black hair (which he shed in clumps) and a huge tail which could do a lot of damage if wagging in the wrong places. I never met a dog who adored their owner as much as Chi adored Lois. He was a rescue dog, and he must have been the most grateful dog in the world. Lois traveled a lot and I would take care of Chi. He would be fine for a time, but I would begin to see a sadness in his eyes. He would actually sigh a lot as if to say, when is this going to be over so I can go home. And when he finally saw Lois (whether it was 2 days or 7 days), he was like a puppy---jumping and prancing and voicing his love for her. He loved Lois more than anyone or anything in the world. Lois loved him, too, and mourned his loss a year ago. And now we all mourn the loss of Lois. She had a huge heart and a huge love for her animals. She leaves her cat, Annie, who now will be cared for and loved by Sidney. Annie was right by Lois' side when she left us and I'm sure that Chi was waiting somewhere for her at that same moment.

Name: Gina Myrmel
Email: ginamyrmel@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday August 02, 2012

Memories

Lois will be missed by so many. I will miss her encouragement, especially in the Fourth Avenue Methodist Church choir. She always promised whe would never let us embarrass ourselves when it seemed there were not enough singers and she would say that God would provide. She was consistently right and I will miss her every day. I love you, Lois.

Name: Mark & Suzette Kuklok
Email: Sekuklok@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday August 01, 2012

Memories

Our condolences to the family of Louis Vranesh. What a great lady! We worked with her in many musicals over the past 20 years! What a legacy! She will be missed.

Name: Fran Holmblad, Faribault
Email:
Date: Wednesday August 01, 2012

Memories

My sincerest condolences to the family of Lois Vranesh, one very special person I was proud to know. I first met Lois in March of 1965 when I was a secretary with the Faribault Public Schools. I was being urged by Earl 'Hummer' Schramm, then elementary director, to go on to college and get a degree in elementary education. I, however, had a major problem with that in regard to financing. Mr. Schramm advised me to go see Lois Vranesh at FSHS. I was timid, lacking in self-esteem, and scared to death to schedule an appointment with this dear lady. Little did I know she was the most caring, sincere, and knowledgeable person I could have approached with my dilemma. Ms. Vranesh helped me land a National Defense Student Loan (NDSL) and get registered at St. Cloud State College for the fall of 1965. I took advantage of all summer sessions and graduated with an elementary degree in 1968. The rest is a wonderful history, as I have enjoyed many years of teaching kids, raising a family, and now enjoying retirement. Lois and I have touched base throughout the years. She always would comment on that scared, unsure, and timid individual (me) who walked into her office those many years ago with this wonderful request, "Show me the way." Lois did show me the way; I consider her my light of life, right up there with being one of Jesus' magnificent helpers, special to so many. What a gift she is to all.

Name: Betty Kerns Thate
Email: bettyboop-30@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday August 01, 2012

Memories

Fond memories of Lois during high school at Fairmont, MN. from the Class of 1948. Always a smiling face and a good word for all. The Class of 1948 will remember her with much regard.

Name: Rita Wunderlich
Email: rdwunder@hickorytech.net
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012

Memories

My sympathy to your entire family. You had the honor of having one of the most amazing woman God put on this earth as your mother. I met Lois as a Junior High Student, and I would agree with an earlier post she was respected. I didn't know at that young age that I would meet her again when I was a Mom to a young daughter who would begin taking piano lessons from her. We have a baby grand piano because of Lois's passion for music and determination concerning exactly what Kelci should be practicing on(she could have been a salesperson too!). She was so good to us and she had a huge impact on my daughter. I am also a huge fan of gardens and Lois would always take time to "show me the gardens" and teach me a little bit more every time we went through them. I have a couple of those "350 hostas" she grew with pride. To this day I still refer to them as "Lois's Hosta's" I am grateful to have had the opportunity to know her and be blessed by her love of life, passion for music, flowers and her piano students. She touched so many lives. She will never be forgotten!

Name: Tricia Frank (Patti Berg)
Email: t.frank@earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012

Memories

Robert, Nancy, and Deb, My sincerest condolences to you! Not only was your mother my piano teacher, but you all were our neighbors for so many years. I have many fond memories of sharing a love of animals with your mom. I have not seen any of you for many many years now, so I was thrilled and touched, when your mom came to my mom's memorial service at the beginning of April. It was wonderful to see her and even though our looks have changed over the years, I still would have recognized her anywhere. Now that she has passed on, I am even more grateful to have seen her recently and to have had the opportunity to chat with her. BTW Nancy, I live in Denver and have since 1978 :-) Again, my sympathies. Thankfully we will always have our memories. Cherish them! Tricia (Patti Berg) and Dave

Name: Lisa Quimby
Email:
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012

Memories

Lois was one of the most inspirational women I have ever met. Her zest and passion for life were unimaginable and anyone who knew her was a better person because of her. She had a love for all and she was a fighter both in her personal life and for the theater. I knew her as a counselor at Faribault Senior High School and always knew she was a force to be reckoned with. I had the utmost respect for her as a student. When I became involved with the Merlin Players who perform at the Paradise Center for the Arts, I realized the love that Lois had for the theater. She demanded the best from any actor/actress who performed and was able to bring the best out of each of your performances. I can still see her contagious smile and that mischievous twinkle in her eye. My heart goes out to her family and to Sidney and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I just know that Lois is in a better place and she is giving the Good Lord a run for his money. God Bless and know that Lois is still with you in your hearts and will always be in your corner.

Name: Jack and Ruth McNerney
Email: annether@bevcomm.net
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012

Memories

Our sympathies to Lois's family....I was so sorry to read of your loss in the Fairmont Sentinel today. Jack (son of John L. McNerney, who was Jim's brother) and I had a nice visit with Lois at Pat Kelly's funeral. She was a great person and I know how you all will miss her.

Name: Pam Bahe
Email: pam.bahe@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012

Memories

I had the pleasure of knowing Lois on stage and off. She not only encouraged me, when I felt less than, but she had a lot of wisdom to share about theatre and life. I loved her sense of humor and her will to live. She loved adventure and knowledge. A world traveler she was and indeed, she could tell you stories. She will be missed greatly. She gave generously.

Name: SAndee Hardy-Hagen
Email: hardyhagen@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012

Memories

Thank you Lois for your dedication to the Arts and the Artists. For your patience and encouragment,for pulling out the confidence in us who did not have it at the time for a show. You were a woman in the theatre who we all could respect and receive help from. Your smile was a magnetic key to to happiness and one could almost imagine the wheels turning inside your head that held your ideas and funny comments. I picture your directing us in many shows and your quick arms directing us. 'Spit it out' you would say-and hopefully we did. My first production with you was 'My Fair Lady' in Faribault in 1992. During these 20 years you have always been that 'Fair Lady.' Indeed,you will be missed. God bless your family. Sandee Hardy-Hagen

Name: Cindy Lyon (Johnson)
Email: simplecin@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012

Memories

Dear Children of Lois, Grandchildren of Jim & Lucille, I am remember children's days with you :)! I am sad to see in the Fairmont Sentinel the news of your Mother's passing. Thinking of all of you & all the past with the McNerney Family! Sincerely, Daughter of Myron Johnson, Cindy I passed this info to our cousins. Take Care

Name: Renee (Hessel) Schneider
Email: m.r.schneider123@gmail.com
Date: Monday July 30, 2012

Memories

Some of my fondest memories are of my 11 years taking piano lessons with Lois. She was an awesome piano teacher and great support in my life. It was wonderful to keep in touch with her through Christmas cards. She will be missed so very much.

Name: Shirley Anderson
Email: Amarillo, TX
Date: Sunday July 29, 2012

Memories

A very talented lady. I always enjoyed talking with Lois about music and theater. She will be missed.

Name: Donna Herbst
Email:
Date: Sunday July 29, 2012

Memories

We will have fond memories of Lois as the Fourth Avenue Methodist Church Choir Director. The choir will dearly miss her talent.