Lois Friedrich-Flugge

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Lois H. Friedrich-Flugge, age 92, of Elma, IA died on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. A funeral service for Lois is planned on Saturday, October 16, 2021, 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 4:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church on Friday, October 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 March 4, 1929, the daughter of Albert and Rose (Bartels) Brummond. Lois graduated from Elma High School and went on 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, Lois and Reuben 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 together, 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 everyone who helped on the farm. Everyone who worked on the farm was 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. Lois took joy in providing bountiful tables of food for all. Lois also served in Women of the ELCA, as church secretary, on the Colonial Manor Auxiliary, and as 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 longtime 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, NC; son Norman and Susan Friedrich of West Union, IA; daughter Hope and Russell Grabau of Waterville, MN; daughter-in-law Kathy and Ron Dohlman of Riceville, IA; daughter-in-law: Denise Friedrich of Lincolnshire, IL.; 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; 2 step-grandchildren, Nathan (Stacy) Shaw and Hannah Zhang; 6 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 January 16, 1989; and brothers, Otto, Erwin, and Norbert Brummond.

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  1. Lois was always such a kind, caring cousin!!! May she Rest In Peace!!!! Sending my heartfelt sympathy to her family! Love, Connie Bartels Bourassa

  2. So sorry for your loss. I will miss her dearly. I enjoyed my time with her at Colonial Manor & being her “buddy”.

  3. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – Elma

  4. I remember the kindness and happiness when visiting my Aunt Lois and Uncle Rueben Friedrich. Whenever my father Norbert her youngest brother would bring us family we were always welcomed which usually included some type of meal. I especially enjoy when we would play some type of cards around the kitchen table. I remember Lois for her generosity and faith kindled perhaps by her parents that I hope to share with my family. David J Brummond

  5. Lois was always really nice. My good memories of Lois go back to when I was just a kid. My mom was her teacher and now they are back together again 🙂

  6. Sending our sincere condolences to Lois’s family during this difficult time. We got to know Lois while attending church and she was a very kind lady! Jamie & Karen Heit

  7. Thanks for your loving care and the inclusion in the amazing Friedrich family – I will be one of you for the rest of my life. Thanks for everything.

  8. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss. She always wrote the most sincere notes and cards to our children as they were growing up, we will forever cherish them.

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