|9/30/2021 4:12:00 PM|
Lois Chilson dies following lengthy battle with cancer
Lois A. Chilson , 82, formerly of Stewartville, passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 after a long battle with cancer, at Health First Hospital in Palm Bay, Florida where she had been a patient for a few days.
Lois Ann Christianson was born Sept. 19, 1939 in Lanesboro to Red and June (Norton) Christianson. She moved to Stewartville as a young girl with her family, where she grew up, attended Stewartville High School, was voted Homecoming queen and graduated in 1957.
Lois was married on Nov. 24, 1966 in Rochester to her loving husband, Alan Chilson. They made their home in Stewartville for many years and grew a beautiful family together. Lois worked for Estee Lauder at Dayton's Department Store in Rochester for nearly 40 years before retiring, making her one of their longest working employees. Alan was a longtime employee of the city of Stewartville until his retirement. Mr. Chilson died on Jan. 29, 2010. Lois continued to make her home in Stewartville before permanently moving to Florida.
Lois enjoyed having gatherings and dinners with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved traveling around the world and going on cruises with her one and only beloved sibling, her twin sister, Laurel Crowe. In 2017, Lois was diagnosed with cancer while in Indialantic, Florida so she stayed there for treatments, living with her sister, but Stewartville was always her home. She truly lived life to the fullest, and enjoyed every aspect of it.
Lois is survived by her daughter, Lisa Roulette (Lloyd Dahl) of Bema; her son, Christopher Chilson (Trista Fjerstad) of rural Byron; 11 grandchildren, Laurissa Chilson, Andrew Chilson, Grace (Andrew) Sterne, Alexander Block, Ivan Smith, Tyler Chilson, Lucas Jordan (Jessie Hale), Rose Sayers (David Pafko), Nick Lyons, Cooper Chilson, and Tucker Chilson; nine great-grandchildren, Iris, Hazel and Piper, Sebastian and Elijah, and Allister, Rowan, Kendle and Nettie; her sister, Laurel Crowe of Indialantic, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Alan and her parents.
A time of visitation and prayer service for Lois will be held at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville. The date and time are yet to be determined, but will be announced prior to those services.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Lois are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.
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