She was born March 26, 1919 in rural Dysart, the daughter of John P. and Martha A. (Petersen) Miszner. Lois graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1936.
Lois began her working career at Byams Five and Dime store. She then worked at Estep Motors for 42 years as an accountant and in the parts department. Lois was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for 67 years and was a member of the choir for over 60 years. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for many years; was a past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club; past president and longtime member of the VFW Normandy Post 3983 Auxiliary; served on the FFA Museum board and was a volunteer at the La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center for over 20 years. Lois wrote a La Porte City Progress Review newspaper column entitled “Back When”, later known as “Up on the Hill” for many years. She had 3 books published using material from her columns. Because of her keen interest in history, Lois was known as the unofficial historian of La Porte City.
Lois was recognized for her volunteerism as a 2005 recipient of the State of Iowa Volunteer Award for service to others and she was awarded the La Porte City Jesse Wasson award in 1987.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Ardyce “Ardie” Miszner of La Porte City; 2 nephews, Jeff (Judy) Miszner of New York, NY and Todd (Brenda) Miszner of Scottsdale, AZ; 3 great nieces, Allison Miszner, Kelly Miszner and Jody (Mike) Pickard.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Carl and Russell Miszner; a sister, Frances Scott; a niece, Donna Prestien and 2 great nephews, Scott Prestien and Bruce “Chip” Prestien.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City with burial in West View Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed St Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., La Porte City, IA 50651, or La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum, 408 Main St., La Porte City, IA 50651, or La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center, 1100 Highway 218 N., La Porte City, IA 50651 or VFW Auxiliary #3983, c/o 13638 Brandon Rd., La Porte City, IA 50651.
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com