Lois Kanne, 89, formerly of Ortonville, MN and Milbank, SD, passed away May 14, 2020. She was born August 15, 1930, in Chadron, NE.,... Lois Kanne

Lois Kanne, 89, formerly of Ortonville, MN and Milbank, SD, passed away May 14, 2020. She was born August 15, 1930, in Chadron, NE., to Charles and Luella (Andrews) Wertz. Lois graduated from Chadron High School in 1947. On September 1, 1949, Lois married Wayne Kanne. Lois grew up in Chadron, NE and raised her family on the family farm near Ortonville, MN and then in Milbank, SD. She worked at Habichts department store in Ortonville, MN before owning her own shoe store (Nu Shu Shop…or affectionately known to family as “Lois’ shoes are the best”). Lois managed the Lantern Motel (Milbank, SD), Super 8 (Longmont, CO), and served as one of the managers at the Honeysuckle Inn Hotel and Cascade Hotel (Branson, MO). She most recently worked for 15 years at Walmart in Oak Grove, MO. Lois was active in her local church and played the piano and organ in Bellingham EUB (MN) and First Baptist, Ortonville, MN. Most recently, Lois was an active member of Odessa United Methodist Church (Odessa, MO). Lois loved Jesus, her family, her church friends, working hard (full-time into her mid-80s), growing flowers and playing scrabble. Up until two weeks before her passing, she was living independently on their home of 3 acres and still mowing their yard. Lois and Wayne shared 67 years of marriage before Wayne passed away on October 3, 2017. Those left to cherish her memory are four sons, Dan Kanne of Austin, TX, David Kanne and wife, Joan, of Garland, TX, Doug Kanne of Loves Park, IL, Dwayne Kanne and wife, Sue, of Edina, MN; and one daughter, Debra (Kanne) McGhee and husband Bryan of Overland Park, KS, son-in-law Marty Kapsh of Tacoma, WA; two brothers, Jim Wertz of Kimball, NE, and Don Wertz of Lubbock, TX; sixteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Diane (Kanne) Kapsh of Tacoma, WA; sisters, Hope (George) Lebo and Florence Jean (Orval) Kanne; brothers, Francis Wertz and Robert (Betty) Wertz, and Sister-in-Law, Irene Wertz. With current COVID conditions, the family has decided to grieve privately. The family asks that donations be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitial or The Salvation Army.

Dave Kanne

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