Lois Voss, 91 of Akron, died Monday, June 20, 2022, at Unity Point – St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City. Lois Jean Matilda Frerichs was born Jan. 10, 1931, on the family farm in rural Plymouth County, to George and Elnora (Schmitt) Frerichs. She attended country school and graduated from Akron High School in 1945.
After graduation she worked as a secretary at Gasmans in Akron and for Peck Manufacturing in Le Mars. Lois was united in marriage to Varold Voss on Aug. 22, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Preston Township. Varold and Lois lived in Fort Knox, Kentucky while Varold was stationed there.
After Varold’s honorable discharge, they moved back to rural Akron, onto Varold’s family farm. Varold and Lois farmed together for 50 years; they milked cows in their early years but they also raised cattle, hogs, and crops. They retired and moved into Akron in 2001. When they weren’t farming, you could find Lois and Varold dancing. They spent many Friday and Saturday nights dancing with friends at many dance floors around northwest Iowa. They also enjoyed their early fishing trip to Canada and playing in a card club. Lois loved to sew, bake, and make her famous pickled herring. Lois was a lifelong member at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Preston Township where she was a member of the ladies’ circle, funeral committee, and quilting group. Lois also enjoyed preparing food for Memorial Day events at the Brunsville Legion. Lois’ favorite time was spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She made sure to have all their favorite foods and drinks available in case they stopped by. They also had a favorite tradition of making popcorn balls together for Halloween treats.
Lois is survived by her husband of almost 71 years, Varold; two daughters: Diane (Larry) Moffatt of Akron, and Carrie (Dan) Pfeil of Akron; eight grandchildren: Travis (Meagan) Moffatt of Akron, Sheila (Curt) Swoyer of Akron, Jason (Kaitlyn) Moffatt of Akron, Natasia Eastman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Roman (Sara) Eastman of Bismark, North Dakota, Sheriden Eastman of Van Alstyne, Texas, Bethany Eastman of Akron, and Taylor (Roy) Card of Harrisburg, South Dakota; 11 great-grandchildren: Tragan Moffatt, Alexa Swoyer, Allie Swoyer, Alivia Swoyer, Kenley Moffatt, Kailyn Moffatt, Jhett Moffatt, Braxden Eastman, Liam Eastman, Zaleigh Eastman, and Grady Card; sister-in-law, Ona Dean Fara; nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives. Lois is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Virgil (Bonnie) Frerichs; sister, Shirley (Gary) Popken; parents-in-law: Arthur Voss and Bertha Renken Voss; and brother-in-law, Orland Fara.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 24, at Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Akron. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery – Preston Township, rural Akron.
Visitation with the family present will begin at 9 a.m., Friday, at the funeral home and will continue until service time.
Expressions of sympathy may be expressed to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.