Lois J Petersen August 31, 1928-December 31, 2016 Born in Clinton, Iowa on the 31st of August to Hans Grezella and Margaret Diesing Grezella. She is loved and remembered by her children Debbie Gahan, Janet (Tom) Ahlersmeyer, David Petersen, and Julie (Art) Sawi. She is deeply loved by her 10 grandchildren: Elizabeth (Derrick), Rebecca, Ben (Melissa), Courtney, Sam (Emily), Scott, Caleb, Daniel, Lily, and Natalie along with her 7 great grandchildren: Luke, Aaron, Aubrey, Max, Theo, and two on the way. She peacefully joined her husband Ted C Petersen. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hans and Margaret Grezella, and sisters Florence and Anna. Lois was a devoted mother and homemaker who stayed home with her kids until they were in school. Later on she worked part time so she could be there after school for her family. Lois was a loving grandmother who cherished reading books to her kids and grandkids. She remembered every birthday and liked to celebrate each holiday with cards and decorations. Ted and Lois enjoyed sharing the beauty of nature with their grandkids through discoveries in her garden, trips to the beach, and time together at the park. She loved the Lord, reading His word each morning and living her faith by serving others. As an active member in her church, she worked with the Kindness in Minutes ministry, made braille Bibles for the blind, helped at Vacation Bible School, LWML and visited shut-ins. She also became a grandma to others in her neighborhood and church by babysitting. She delighted in kids, welcoming them with a big backyard to play in, fun toys, music on the record player, and made the best grilled-cheese sandwiches. Her kitchen table was often lined with eager little faces for her delicious homemade crepes. She will be greatly missed by friends and family. Her unconditional love and compassion will be in our hearts and homes forever. A service will be held on January 28 at 10:30 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 706 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 92077 with her grandson officiating. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Lois to the Kim Care Ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church. This ministry visits shut-ins and helps with family needs.

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  1. In my visits with her, her faith would reinforce mine. The moving photographs of her family bore witness the the depth of love and care she had for them. I wish I had visited more often as I will now miss this fellow Christian. My prayers for strength obtained through fond memories go to the family and all the friends of Lois.

  2. I will miss visiting Lois. Her love for the Lord was encouraging. I will miss hearing stories of her life. i will always remember the one in which she walked all the way to school, on a really cold winter day, only to find out they had cancelled school. She was a special lady and was dear to my heart.

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