|6/4/2021 2:24:00 PM|
Beloved mother, grandmother and teacher, Lois LuAnne Sprain, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
Lois was born to Lawrence and Edith (Warmbold) Moran on June 2, 1934, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She met her only love, Marlowe Sprain, while both were attending Gustavus Adolphus College. They married on August 22, 1956, and the young couple lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while Marlowe finished dental school and Lois taught kindergarten. Shortly after Marlowe’s graduation, they moved to Chisago City where they were active members of the community and Zion Lutheran Church.
Lois continued her teaching career at Chisago Lakes School District as a 5th grade team teacher until her retirement. She loved teaching social studies, science, and literature, but is most remembered for her mini-units where she taught Ukrainian egg painting, sewing (inspiring boys in this unit to later become surgeons), and creative story telling. After school, she began a chess club and traveled with participants to weekend tournaments. She was a dedicated teacher who inspired her students to discover new possibilities.
As soon as school was out in the spring, the camper was packed! Lois loved camping trips with family and friends in the beautiful outdoors of northern Minnesota and Canada. Days were filled with fishing, outdoor cooking, relaxing around the campfire, and playing lots of cards and dominoes. Blueberry, raspberry, and chokecherry seasons meant afternoons of picking berries for jams and syrups.
Although Marlowe had to teach her how to cook noodles (after eating a very crunchy noodle hot dish!) when they were first wed, her baking and canning skills were unmatched. Everyone enjoyed her chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. Late summer brought busy days with canning dill pickles, beets, and tomatoes. During the holiday season, Lois took great pride in her vast selection of homemade Christmas cookies and treats, and continued the long-held tradition of hosting the Scandinavian Snip Candy Making Party. Lois's other great passions included agate hunting, crossword puzzles, sewing and knitting, gardening, and teaching her grandchildren to fish for sunnies off their dock on Green Lake. She was an amazing mother, grandmother and teacher.
She is survived by her three children, Vikki (Jerry) Getchell of Marine on St. Croix; Shelly Sprain of Chisago City, and Michael (Patty) Sprain of Houston, TX, as well as her seven dear-to-her-heart grandchildren. Lois was preceded in death by her husband Marlowe, her brother Lawrence, and her parents. Additionally, she will be deeply missed by a host of life-long friends in the Chisago Lakes community.
Following numerous delays caused by the pandemic, a Celebration of Life service will now be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Ojiketa Regional Park in Chisago City. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. A light lunch will follow the service. Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church in Chisago City.