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Lofquist, June E. (1926-2017)


Posted By: Paul Nagy (email)
Date: 12/11/2017 at 17:27:08

June E. Lofquist
February 14, 1926 ~ November 10, 2017 (age 91)

June E. Lofquist, age 91, of Albert City, Iowa, died on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Pleasant View Home in Albert City.

June Elsie Johnson, a daughter of Rubert and Judith (Swanson) Johnson, was born in Odebolt, Iowa, on February 14, 1926. Baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City, she lived in Albert City her entire life, having received her education there and having graduated from Albert City High School.

June and Steven lived only a miles and a half apart before their wedding on June 12, 1945. Since Steven was serving his country at the time, he had only a short leave in which to come home, so he proposed to June over the country line. As a result, June had just a week to prepare for their wedding. Wedding invitations were typed at home. Because of a shortage of wedding dresses, she had to pick from those available at the Boston Store in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Since June and Steven did not own a car, Juneís aunt and uncle had to take them to the Bradford Hotel in Storm Lake for their wedding night. The next morning, Stevenís brother came to get them. Eventually, however, their union was blessed with three children: Maureen, Marikay, and Steven Lynn. Nonetheless, they had to wait thirty years for a proper honeymoon.

In 1961, June and Steven bought the grocery store in Albert City, and June worked in the local school lunch room as a cook for twenty-seven and a half years. Then, after Steven passed away in 1991, June went to work at the Peasant View Home for ten years. After retiring, she volunteered at the Pleasant View Home until July of 2017.

A member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, June had several responsibilities including serving on the church board and with the Covenant Women, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and leading the Trailblazers group. More recently, she joined the Red Hat Society and the Loops of Love group.

God gave her many talents including baking many wedding and birthday cakes, baking rye bread, and quilting and crocheting. Indeed, she made all the beautiful wall hangings at the nursing home for all of the residents to enjoy, and she, faithfully, rotated them every month. June loved to travel and visited the Holy Land, seven countries in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, and many additional places throughout the United States. In the end, however, because of her failing health, she could no longer continue sewing, making quilts and wall hangings, and reading. Her greatest joy in life were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Juneís life is cherished and honored by her family which includes her children: Maureen (Steven) Schuknecht, of Albert City, Iowa, and Lynn (Lori) Lofquist, of Fulton, Illinois; her grandchildren: Michael (Carrie) Clausen, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Christopher (Leah) Clausen, of Waukee, Iowa, Lucas (Jane) Clausen, of Adel, Iowa, and Alec Lofquist, of Ames, Iowa; her great grandchildren: Hayden, Fletcher, Olivia, Ronan, and Logan; her brother, Leonard Johnson, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; her sister, Mavis Wendt, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; and her brother-in-law, Loren Lofquist, of Colorado; as well as nieces, nephews, other extended family members, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; Steven, her husband of forty-six years; and her daughter, Marikay.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City. Burial will follow in the Fairfield Township Cemetery in Albert City. Visitation will take place Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of the arrangements.

Sliefert Funeral Homes, 2017.


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