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Lowell G. Britz was born September 1, 1947 at the hospital in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, which at that time was a three-story house. From that day forward, he continued to love life and garner many achievements. Lowell passed away on April 23, 2020 at Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming, Minnesota.
Growing up, the church was always the center of his life. His father and mother, Ephraim and Dorothy, and his older siblings, Yvonne and Wayne, attended the Zion Lutheran Church in Chisago City. Lowell’s first love there was singing in the choir, but he also took a leadership position being President of the Church Council. 4-H was another big realm of his life. He fondly spoke of his stint as President of Highlanders 4-H Club and the fun showing Holstein cattle at the Chisago County Fair. One year he won the Championship Blue Ribbon and thus went on to compete at the Minnesota State Fair. The highlanders also selected Lowell to be their representative at the National 4-H Citizenship Course in Washington, D.C.
Early in life Lowell decided to become a teacher. He attended St. Cloud State where he was President of Student MN Education Association. He then went on to teach one year at the Centennial district, two years in California, 16 years at Chisago Lakes and 20 years in Orlando, Florida. Even after retirement, he substitute-taught for many years. He continued to be a leader as President of the Chisago Lakes Education Association, but he would recall his biggest achievement was students who told him they had entered the teaching profession because he had instilled in them the love of learning, especially of reading.
Music played a major role in Lowell’s life. He also found a love for musical theatre. He had several leads in high school plays, but he always fondly recalled his role as Baron Von Trapp in the Masquers Theatre. In Florida he continued his involvement in church choirs but added eight years of performing at the Disney Epcot Christmas Candlelight Processional to his repertoire. His friends will tell you that Lowell was the “glue” that held them all together. Once you were a friend of Lowell’s, you were a friend for life. You could expect telephone calls from him. He would arrange dinner and outing. One of his special groups was the St. Cloud/high school gang. They got together at least once a year, but every five years they would meet in places like Branson, Las Vegas, or Dollywood and they always had t-shirts made to make the occasion even more fun. Lowell was part of a very close family. While living in Florida, he would trek home twice a year, Memorial Day and Labor Day, to attend large family reunions. He also took this opportunity to catch up with old friends.
Lowell is preceded in death by his parents Ephraim and Dorothy, and brother Wayne. He is survived by his sister Yvonne (David) Snyder, his nephews Tim (Lori) Snyder and Jim Snyder, great-nephews Thomas and Colten, great niece Madison, and also many, many cousins.
Funeral Services will be held at a later date at Zion Lutheran Church in Chisago City. Arrangemtments byt the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com