Funeral Services for Lois Loyal Luitjens, 95, of Denison and formerly of Odebolt was Wednesday, November 7 at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt with the Reverend Charles Bulger officiating.
Burial was in the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens Cemetery in Denison. The Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt was in charge of arrangements.
Lois Loyal Luitjens was born November 1, 1906 in Denison, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Frances (Petty) Hutchinson. She attended country school in Milford Township, Crawford County. Prior to her marriage she helped her mother care for LaRoyce Yale and Phyllis Pieper following their mother's death.
Loyal passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2001 at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison following a lengthy illness.
On May, 14, 1931 Loyal married Louis H. Luitjens at Missouri Valley. They lived on the Luney Farm at Denison and on a farm in Galva. While living in Galva, Loyal cared for her mother. When a fire destroyed their farm home in Galva in 1950 the couple moved to Odebolt. Louis died on May 17, 1970. Loyal continued to farm with her son Arlen, caring for her chickens and livestock. After Arlen's death in 1997 she moved to Lincoln, Ne., to live with her daughter. She entered the Eventide Lutheran Home in December of 1998.
Loyal was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt, the Neighborhood "Cookstove Girls" and was proud of her Irish heritage. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidering - making Afghans, tablecloths and tea towels. She looked forward to visits with family and friends and having coffee and cooked with them around the kitchen table.
Her family includes her daughter, Norma Wittmaack, Lincoln, NE.; three grandchildren, Melvyn Arlen Wittmaack, Lincoln, NE.; Krista DeAnn Wittmaack, Sandy, UT; and Robert Eugene Wittmaack, Annapolis, MD; great grandchildren Jordan and Jason Mendez, and Alysia Wittmaack.
Loyal was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Louis; son Arlen; four sisters: Faye Pieper and Pearl Brown and infants Anna and Myrtle; a brother Alfred, and a grandson Danny Wittmaack.