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Lois A. Crook

Lois A. Crook age 73, of Fremont, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Dunklau Gardens.

Lois was born March 19, 1944 in Beatrice to Frank and Helen (Swain) Kozak. She grew up on the family farm near Virginia, Neb. and graduated from Virginia High School in 1962.

Lois attended UNL and completed her degree at Nebraska School of Business.

Lois married Alton K. Crook on Sept. 13, 1964 in Beatrice. She was a devoted wife during Al's time in the Army and his service in Vietnam. After Al's service, the couple lived in Clarkson, Neb. for three years. While Al taught school, Lois worked at the bank in Howells, Neb. They then moved to Beatrice for five years, and in 1975, they moved to Fremont. They lived in Fremont for 42 years, where they raised their two daughters, Jennifer and Angie.

Lois was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She truly enjoyed bringing her family together in her home and serving them a home-cooked meal. Her creative talents included sewing, gardening, baking and playing the piano. She was active in her children and grandchildren's activities, following all of their events near or far.

As a “long distance” grandmother, she was committed to sending them notes, cards or gifts weekly.

Lois was an avid reader and shared her love of reading and education with others. She had great compassion for people with disabilities because of her own health struggles. Her family and her home were her world.

Lois was a member of the First United Methodist Church, was active as a Sunday school teacher and in women's circles. She had been involved with the Howard School PTA while her children were there. She also served as a teacher's aide.

Lois is survived by her husband, Alton of Fremont; her daughters, Jennifer (Jeff) Darnell of Elk River, Minn. and Angie (Mike) Grimm of Amarillo, Texas; four grandchildren, Logan and Mallory Grimm of Amarillo, Texas and Maxfield and Evan Darnell of Elk River, Minn. She is also survived by her sister, Nancy (George) Gillespie of Council Bluffs, Iowa; her sister-in-law, Sherry Kozak; and her brother-in-law, Walter Crook.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Helen Kozak; and her brother, Daniel Kozak.

A memorial service celebrating and honoring Lois' life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 6 at First United Methodist Church in Fremont. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation. Ludvigsen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available to sign at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com.

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