Lois Elaine Heike Zahn, formerly of 926 Nina Avenue, Wausau, died on March 22, 2011 while residing at Marywood Convalescent Center.
Lois was born on May 15, 1929 in Durand, WI to Olivia and George Heike. She graduated from Durand High School in 1947 and earned her B.S. Degree from UW-Stout in 1951. She subsequently earned her M.S. Degree in Home Economics at the same university. Upon graduation, Lois taught high school for several years then moved to Wausau to teach at the now Northcentral Technical College. She married Edward Zahn, a fellow instructor at NCTC, on November 15, 1958 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Durand. At the time of Edward's death on August 16, 2010 they were married for almost 52 years.
Lois participated in and shared her husband's passion of scouting by serving as a Girl Scout Leader for many years and by working at Boy Scout Camp Tesomas during the summer. In her spare time, Lois enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers. She also had a love of music and played the saxophone, piano, and organ. She shared her talents by playing the organ in church. Her other favorite pastimes included gardening, flowers, all things red, dachshunds, and taking pictures.
Serving the Lord and being a devout church parishioner was Lois' biggest passion in life. She was very active in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wausau and filled her schedule with many activities including teaching Sunday School, playing the piano, being a member of Lutheran Church Women and the Altar Guild, and maintaining a remembrance book. Lois also filled her time by serving as a professional volunteer helping at the Aging and Disability Center, Mobile Meals and visiting elderly who were confined to their homes.
With her family, Lois was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to nurture and is well-remembered for baking rosettes and other Norwegian goodies, which she shared with the Church and many friends. Few were ever able to resist when Lois offered and insisted on serving up one of her renowned "no thank you" helpings.
Lois was preceded in death by both parents and her brother, Robert. She is survived by her daughter, Angela (James) Kopetzky of Wausau, son David (Cheryl Ball) Zahn of Naperville, IL, 3 grandsons Derrick Barrett and Zachariah Barrett both of Wausau, and Ethan Zahn of Naperville, and 2 great grandsons Bryson and Kayson Penn both of Wausau. She is also survived by her nephew Robert (Judy) Heike, niece Pamela (Greg) Heit all of Durand, WI and another niece Barbara Glenn of Eau Claire, WI, and Donna Armstrong, a double cousin also of Eau Claire, and numerous grand nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend visitation services at the Brainard Funeral Home in Wausau this Wednesday, March 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Pastor Sean Motley will conduct the funeral to be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wausau on Thursday, March 24 with a service beginning at 11:00 AM preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the church for the Lois Heike Zahn memorial.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com