FARIBAULT - Lois L. Vranesh, age 81, of Faribault, died peacefully on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at her home surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault, with the Reverend Dennis Tamke and the Reverend Henry L. Doyle officiating. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.
Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Friday, August 3, 2012, from 3-7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Lois Louise, the daughter of James and Lucile (Johnson) McNerney, was born on November 18, 1930, in Fairmont. She married Nicholas Vranesh in July of 1954 and he preceded her in death in 1963. Lois graduated from the University of Minnesota and did her postgraduate education at Purdue University, Santa Clara University, Mankato State University and University of Minnesota. She has a degree in Music, Piano, Guidance and Counseling, Social Studies and Specialist Degree. Lois was employed by Faribault Public Schools from 1963 to 2001. She taught piano lessons for over 60 years until one month ago. She saw each piano student as a treasure and a gift. She offered her musical skills for school plays, was involved in the Little Theatre of Owatonna, was a founding member of The Merlin Players, she endowed the boardroom for Paradise Center for the Arts, and directed the choir at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church. Lois gently tended her garden of over 350 different hostas and other plants. She traveled the world seeing the sights and sounds and people of over 40 countries. She enjoyed her many furry friends throughout the years and especially Annie, her cat, who was with her until the end.
Lois was blessed many times in her life, including the dozens of visitors each day to her home during the last few weeks of hospice care. Her piano students came to play for her. She heard the lovely tones of her piano being brought forth by her friends, family and students. Singing, violin playing and words of love filled her final days. Lois made many anonymous donations to her community and always was an advocate for children, homeless people and animals, and anyone who needed help. Her faith guided her and made her a woman of grace.
She is survived by her three children, Robert (and Lisa) Vranesh of Des Moines, Iowa, Nancy (and Michael) Niemi of Yoder, Colo., and Deb (and Ernest Brown) Vranesh of West Des Moines, Iowa, and her partner, Sidney Langston of Faribault.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Nicholas.
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