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Lois Elaine (Traver) Wessels

September 23, 1938 ~ January 12, 2019 (age 80)

Lois E. Oldsen Wessels, 80, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Saturday morning, January 12, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center-East, Davenport.

The former Lois Elaine Traver was born September 23, 1938, in Iowa City to the late Carl and Virginia (Craft) Traver.  She graduated from Grand Mound High School in 1956.  Lois married Raymond Oldsen April 5, 1957 in DeWitt.  The couple resided in DeWitt where they raised their sons.  Raymond died September 16, 1979.  Lois later married Marvin Wessels on October 8, 1988 at Faith Lutheran Church, Calamus.  They also resided in DeWitt until Marv preceded her in death October 14, 2006.  Lois worked as a nurses aide at DeWitt Community Hospital and as an Insurance Underwriter for various insurance companies in DeWitt and the Quad Cities.

She was a longtime member of Faith Lutheran Church, Calamus.  Lois was active in the Central Clinton Historical Society and Thrivent Financial.  She was a published poet in Lyrical Iowa from 2007 through 2016.  Lois enjoyed bowling, painting, photography, arts, crafts, crocheting, knitting, ancestry research. 

Surviving are sons, Tim (Grace) Oldsen of Calamus and Mike Oldsen of DeWitt; a step-daughter, Cindy Fields of Baltimore; grandchildren, Anthony (Vanessa) Oldsen, Sarah (Lonny) Maze, Cassandra (Adam) Reed, Dustin Oldsen, DeeAnn Oldsen and Danielle (Matt) Ernst; great-grandchildren, Maxwell Oldsen, Dominic Maze, Tristin Maze, Emily Oldsen, Harper Ernst and Ripley Ernst;  siblings, Dean (Pat) Traver of Mt. Vernon, Lynn (Barb) Traver of Clinton, Kerry (Carol) Traver of Marengo, Judy Kesl of Belle Plaine, Bruce Traver of Texas.

Also preceding Lois in death were a daughter-in-law, Denise Oldsen.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Faith Lutheran Church, Calamus from 9:00 until 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019.  A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the church with the Rev. William Runaas officiating.  Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Oldsen, Dustin Oldsen, Cory Traver, Adam Reed, Sarah Oldsen, Casandra Reed and Danielle Ernst.

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Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt


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