Lois Ann Jahnke
Lois Ann Jahnke
Lois Ann Jahnke 66 of Calgary, Alberta, CA, formerly of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away May 9, 2018 in Junction, TX.
Memorial mass will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Gary LaMoine Officiating, Father Bob LaPlante Homilist and Father Bob Schreiner Con-celebrant. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 5 - 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Lois "Louie" Ann Jahnke was born October 18, 1951 at Crookston, MN daughter of Ernest and Therese (Gervais) LaPlante. She was raised near Red Lake Falls where she graduated in 1969. Lois attended cosmetology school at Northland College in Thief River Falls.
In 1973 she was united in marriage to Charles Bushee at Sacramento, CA. They moved to Moorhead, MN in 1974, where their first son Marc was born followed by Scott and Stephanie. Lois managed the Bowler in Fargo and worked at the Empire for several years. Following their divorce she married Tim Kolbicz. They moved to Cadillac, MI where they owned and operated several Kentucky Fried Chickens and Four Seasons Catering. In December of 1989 Lois and the kids moved to Moorhead, MN.
On October 19, 1993 she was united in marriage to Joseph Jahnke at Fargo, ND. To this union Andrew was born. They moved to Red Lake Falls in 1995 and resided on the family farm. She owned and operated Pistol Pete's, and Memories Caf in Red Lake Falls, she was also well known for her catering business. In 2013 she began working at the High School as a cook. On January 4, 2015 she officially retired and got to do something she loved, moving to Calgary, Alberta, CA and having the time of her life traveling around Canada and the United States with her husband Joe in their truck.
It's hard to find the words to explain Lois. "Only Lois" sort of sums it up. She encompassed both of her parents. She had her mother's kind, generous soul and unwavering love for her family, and her father's jovial and good-natured spirit. Lois' infectious laugh brought joy and laugher to everyone. Many conversations with her would devolve into laughing so hard we couldn't breathe. She could and would talk to anyone anywhere and make a life-long friend. She loved her new home in Canada, especially when she was riding her pink bike around visiting with neighbors. All who knew her loved her. The kindness she showed toward others left lifelong imprints on their hearts, and to say she will be missed is an understatement. Lois was passionate about hockey, and was a proud hockey mom and grandma. For Lois, Christmas wasn't just another holiday. She had the Christmas spirit all year long, to the point where people wondered if she was secretly Santa Claus. Lois had an unbreakable faith in God. She placed her troubles in his hands and trusted in his will.
Lois is survived by her husband Joseph, children Marc Bushee of Lake Park, MN, Scott (Kristy) Bushee of Eagle River, AK, Stephanie (Michael Roerick) Bushee of Red Lake Falls, MN, Andrew Jahnke of Fargo, ND; step-children Julie (Shane) Ahlstrom of Evergreen, Alberta, CA, Josh Kolbicz of Grand Rapids, MI and Jake Kolbicz of Cadillac, MI; grandchildren Karolyn, Sarah, Kaylee, Stephen, Selah, Nolan, Gage and Hannah; siblings Audrey (Mike) Bachand of Oklee, MN, Father Bob LaPlante of Detroit Lakes, MN, JoAnn (Mike) Waliski of Moorhead, MN; sister-in-law Kathy LaPlante of Red Lake Falls, MN; Mother-in-law Audrey Burfening of Grand Forks, ND along with many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Therese LaPlante, brother Mike LaPlante, Charles Bushee, step-son Joseph Jahnke, and brother-in-law Donald Bushee.
In Lieu of flowers memorial are suggested.