Lois June Erlandson was born on December 15, 1918, in Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Morris and Zadie Nerness Brenne. She grew up in the Storden area. Lois graduated from Storden High School in 1936 where she was an honor student and basketball star. Following high school Lois attended Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota graduating in 1940 with a teaching degree. Lois taught in several Minnesota school before moving to Slayton, Minnesota in 1944 where she taught fifth grade. On March 31, 1945 she and LaVerne (Buzz) Erlandson were married at St. Ann’s Rectory in Slayton. Following their marriage they made their home in Slayton and raised their three children.Lois was a mother and a substitute teacher. She was a teacher to everyone throughout her life. Buzz passed away on February 21, 1983. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton whereshe taught vacation bible school, and Sunday school. Lois was also a member of the Hope Circle, Alter Guild and the W.E.L.C.A. When her children were small Lois was involved with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Lois was a passionate bridge player who enjoyed many happy times with her bridge-playing friends. She also enjoyed cooking, walking outside and long chats on the phone with friends and family. Lois was an avid traveler who visited many exotic places, taking great interest and pleasure in their cultures. Lois passed away on October 30, 2006, at Our House Hospice Home in Slayton at the age of 87.
Survivors include her three children and their spouses: David and BevErlandson, Sioux City, IA; Barb and Steve Hyland, Ft. Collins, CO; and Roxie and Mike Vik, Rochester, MN; four grandchildren: Jon Erlandson and his wife Cindy; Julie Ellis and her husband Jeff; Eric Benson, and Jonathan Benson; five great-grandchildren: Devin, Michael, Lia, Jack, and Hayden; one sister Ardie Hiller, Crookston, MN; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces nephews and many treasured friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother; and brother,Duane Brenne.
Memorial services were held at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on November 3, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Ted Kunze officiating. The organist was Twyla Hungerford. Interment at St. Ann’s Cemetery Slayton, MN. The family deeply appreciates the loving care provided by the great people at Our House Hospice Home in Slayton during the last 26 days of Lois life. These people are truly awesome individuals. Totzke Funeral of Slayton in charge of arrangements.