Lois Stengel, age 88, of Milbank, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Milbank Area Hospital – Avera Health.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Milbank. Rev. Dr. DeVern Schwenn and Pastor Thom Bowsher will officiate. Burial will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery. Visitation will held on Thursday, July 21, from 5-7 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday for one hour prior to the time of service at the church.
Casket bearers will be Calvin, Eric, Doug, Milton, Scott, and Tim Stengel.
Lois Arlene Stengel was born on August 28, 1927, in Milbank, SD, to Paul and Jenny (Wiese) Hamilton. She attended school in Browns Valley until the Hamilton family moved to Milbank. Lois attended her senior year of high school in Milbank where she graduated.
On November 18, 1945, Lois was united in marriage with Leonard Stengel in Milbank. This union was blessed with two children and seventy years of marriage. Lois devoted her life to caring for her home and family.
After Lois’ children left home to attend college, she was finally able to fulfill her dream of going to college. After graduating from Northern State University in Aberdeen in 1973, Lois spent the next fifteen years teaching the 5th grade in the Milbank School System until retirement.
She was a faithful member of the Central United Methodist Church in Milbank, participating in many church activities throughout her life, and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In her later years, Lois took great pleasure in flower gardening, participating in community activities, and driving around on the golf cart with Leonard. Most important to Lois was her family and she treasured the time spent with them.
Left to cherish Lois’ memory are her husband, Leonard Stengel of Milbank, SD, daughter, Roxanne (Keith) Jandahl of Grand Rapids, MI, son, David (Mary) Stengel of Milbank, SD, brother, Eugene (Connie) Hamilton of Mitchell, SD, brother-in-law, Emmet Stengel of Milbank, SD, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, LeRoy and Donald Hamilton.