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Lois Jean (Jones) Jurgens

Visitation: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Peterson Mortuary, 212 S. Locust Street, Glenwood, Iowa.

Services: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 11:00 A.M., Trinity Lutheran Church, 512 2nd Street, Glenwood, Iowa.

Lois Jurgens, 93, of Arvada, Colorado, formerly of Malvern and Glenwood, Iowa, passed away June 13, 2022.

Lois Jean Jurgens, the daughter of Lawrence A. and Marjorie V. (Johnson) Jones, was born on May 26, 1929 in Malvern, Iowa.  She grew up and attended school in Malvern, graduating in 1947.

Lois attended cosmetology school in Des Moines, Iowa.  For five years she operated the Malvern Beauty Shop, and then worked in several shops in Glenwood, Iowa for a number of years.  Lois eventually became the hairdresser at Glen Haven Home and served in that capacity for a total of 33 years.  She also went to those individuals that were homebound.  Lois loved her profession and finally retired after 53 years of service.

Lois married Duane Jurgens on August 17, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Malvern, Iowa.  They made their home in Glenwood and to this union four children were born, Valerie, Vanessa, Vonda and Vance.

Duane and Lois spent a great deal of time on the dance floor and they continued to dance together well into their later years.

Lois was active with many organizations and clubs to include: the Women’s Club; the Garden Club; she was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority where she held most offices and attained a perfect attendance; she was one of the first board members to start the Meals on Wheels program in Glenwood and either served as Director or volunteered for 30 years.  Lois was an active and faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid and Dorcas.  She was involved with the Girl Scouts, 4-H, Mills County Extension and received the Mills County Women of the Year Award and the Glenwood Citizen of the Year Award in 1995.  Lois was also decorated as Outcast Queen during the Glenwood Homecoming in 1980. 

Lois had accumulated an extensive hat collection over the years and found joy in giving hat presentations at rest homes and during varied functions.  The hat collection has been on display with the Mills County Museum for numerous years.

Lois enjoyed taking trips with her family, especially fishing in South Dakota when her children were younger, pitching horseshoes and walking beans with Duane and participating in card clubs with friends.  She was quite a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching all levels from local, collegiate or professional sporting events.  She attended the NCAA College World Series in Omaha every year for decades. One of her most pleasurable moments was getting together with her family during the holidays, especially Christmastime.

Lois and Duane were married for 52 years before Duane passed away in 2005.  Lois continued to make her home in Glenwood, keeping busy with her many activities, family and friends.  Lois loved people and cared for everyone.  She was also loved by so many people, of which her family is very grateful.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane, her brothers James Foster and Larry Jones, sister Betty Radford and brother-in-law Rodney Radford, brother-in-law Don Stanley and daughter-in-law Sue Jurgens.

She is survived by her children Val Hathaway (Paul) of Malvern, Iowa, Vanessa Huff (Don) of Omaha, Nebraska, Vonda Ruggiero (Paul) of Bellevue, Nebraska, Vance Jurgens of Arvada, Colorado, granddaughter Lacie Heckman (Kade) of Vista, California, sister Carol Hohnholt (Gary) of Omaha, Nebraska, numerous nephews, nieces and a host of friends. May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.

Private Interment, Malvern Cemetery, Malvern, Iowa.

Memorial donations may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or Glenwood Public Library.

2 Condolences

  • DIANNE THOMPSON Posted June 16, 2022 2:06 pm

    I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF LOIS ‘S PASSING. YOU ARE ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

  • Carol Tibben Posted June 17, 2022 2:10 pm

    Dearest Valerie — sorry to hear of your mom’s passing! She had one of the Best smiles!! 💕

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