Louise Helen (Wigand) Hogrefe was born on April 22, 1918 to Peter Fredrick Wigand and Agnes E. (Hamman) Wigand in Battle Creek. She married Herman S. Hogrefe Jr. on Feb. 23, 1938 at her parent's home near Anthon.
Louise was a homemaker and farm wife until they moved into town. She was best known for her baking, cooking, gardening, and making mints and wood fiber flowers. The last of her big mint and wood fiber projects was done for her granddaughter Marie's wedding, with Marie and her daughter Dorothy. She worked for the produce in Holstein and did cleaning for several local people in their homes. Herman and Louise did a lot of traveling during their retirement years. They spent many summers at the campgrounds in the Iowa Great Lakes. The last summer they spent there was in 2007.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Herman, on May 1, 2009; her only child, daughter, Dorothy Ploeger on April 27, 2008; her parents; parents-in-law, Herman Sr. and Charlotte "Marie" (Broderson) Hogrefe; brother, Frank; brothers and sister-in-laws, Pat Hogrefe, William Wittrock, Arnold and Vanita Fouts; and her grandson, James A. Ploeger.
Louise is survived by her son-in law, Lorence Ploeger of Storm Lake; two granddaughters, Marie (Dale) Bruns of Galva, and Patricia (David) Wilhelm of Storm Lake; five great-grandchildren, Jennifer Bruns of Galva, Jonathan Bruns and special friend Ellissa Jordt of Battle Creek, James Bruns and special friend Jessica Johnson of Carroll, Elizabeth Wilhelm and Wyatt Wilhelm of Storm Lake; sisters-in-law, Hilma Wittrock of Holstein, and Arlene Hogrefe of Holstein; and many nieces and nephews.