Lois Friedrich-Flugge, 92
Thu, 10/14/2021 - 4:46pm admin
March 4, 1929 —
Oct. 12, 2021
ELMA - Lois H. Friedrich-Flugge, age 92, of Elma, Iowa died on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in rural Elma with Pastor Dan Christensen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The funeral service will be available for viewing through livestream on the Conway-Markham Funeral Home’s Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and later as a recording on the page.
The family asks that those attending the visitation and funeral service please wear masks.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 and at the church one hour before the funeral service on Saturday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church.
Lois Helen was born on March 4, 1929, the daughter of Albert and Rose (Bartels) Brummond. She graduated from Elma High School and went to work at the Elma bank. On April 20, 1952, she was united in marriage to Reuben G. Friedrich at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elma. Following their marriage, the couple farmed north of Elma, where they welcomed their children, Carl, Harold, Hope and Norman. In 1976, the family also welcomed foreign exchange student Richard Knudsen of Denmark into their home. The entire family continues to treasure this relationship with Richard, who became another member of the family. After 53 years of marriage, Reuben died on May 13, 2005.
Lois later married Albert “Bert” Flugge at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church on April 5, 2008. He died on June 4, 2009.
Lois’ work focused on bookkeeping, rock picking, gardening and feeding anyone who helped on the farm. They were also treated as part of the family. Lois managed (with help from her children) very large gardens of strawberries, sweet corn, potatoes, apples and much more. She took joy in providing bountiful tables of food for all.
She also served in Women of the ELCA, as church secretary, was in the Colonial Manor Auxiliary and was church organist over many years. She enjoyed playing cards, participating in the Coffee and Thimble Club, following college sports, honoring friends’ birthdays and anniversaries and sharing the love of Christ with everyone. She was a long-time member of St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church.
Those left to cherish her memory are son, Carl Friedrich and Wenjie Xue of Wake Forest, N.C.; son, Norman (Susan) Friedrich of West Union, Iowa; daughter, Hope (Russell) Grabau of Waterville, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Kathy (Ron) Dohlman of Riceville, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Denise Friedrich of Lincolnshire, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, Curtis Friedrich, Leanne Friedrich, Mary Lynn (Dustin) Reese, Sarah Rose (Shane) Stickler, Carolyn Friedrich, Lora Joy Grabau, Zane (Weiming Hu) Grabau, Lydia Grabau, Ezra (Sami) Grabau, Ezekiel Grabau, Tristan Friedrich, Benjamin Friedrich, Ethan Friedrich and Ellen Friedrich; two step-grandchildren, Nathan (Stacy) Shaw and Hannah Zhang; six great-grandchildren, Cora, Ivy, Harrison, Alexander, Case and Zander; sister, Rosanna Petersen; sisters-in-law, Diane Brummond and Arlene Friedrich; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Reuben Friedrich and Albert Flugge; son, Harold Friedrich on Jan. 16, 1989; and brothers, Otto, Erwin and Norbert Brummond.