MENDOTA - Lois J. Halbmaier, 83, of Mendota, formerly of West Brooklyn passed away Sept. 6, 2018 at the Mendota Lutheran Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mendota with Rev. Peter Pilon officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Brooklyn. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota with a rosary recited at 4 p.m.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Carrie Escatel, Brittany and Kyle Bulfer, Briana Hagemann, Kady, Randi and Sam Halbmaier, and Lisa Schroeder.
Lois was born Feb. 25, 1935 in Sterling to Harry O. and Emma (Becker) Smith. She married Robert Halbmaier at St. Mary’s Church in Sterling on Sept. 4, 1954. He preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1999.
Survivors include one son, Jim (Peggy) Halbmaier; three daughters, Sheila Halbmaier of Valparaiso, Indiana, Karen (John Hansen) Bulfer of Mendota and Berta (Steve) Patterson of Mendota; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren with the ninth due in November.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; six brothers; one sister; and one son-in-law, Steve Bulfer.
Lois graduated from Sterling High School in 1953. During high school her first job was at Prince Castle in the accounting department. Her work career included dressing pheasants for the Richardson Hunt Club from 1972-85 and working in the greenhouse at Floralcrest from 1987-2004. Lois believed in giving back. She helped the Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry, Mendota Gardeners Club, and the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Mary’s in West Brooklyn. She was a M.A.S.S. (Mendota Area Senior Services) volunteer, and worked at the Mendota Hospital Gift Shop from 2001-16. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Brooklyn and then Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mendota. Spending time with grandkids and great-grandkids, traveling, bingo, and cross stitching were Lois’s favorite leisure time activities.
Memorials may be directed to M.A.S.S., the Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry, or St. Mary's Parish Center.
Condolences may be left at schwarzfuneral.com.