Obituary for Lois Geraldine Nelson

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Lois Geraldine Nelson of LaCrosse, Wisconsin passed away at Hillview Healthcare Center on August 1, 20178 at the age of 90.
Loiswas born July 24, 1927 in Sparta, Wisconsin to Leif N. and Florence M. (Richmond) Sletten. She graduated Melvina State Graded School and Sparta High School and later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from UW – LaCrosse.
While living in Sparta during World War II, she worked at Camp McCoy where she served as a General Court Reporter. She later worked as Registrar in Probate and as a Court Reporter in the office of a Monroe County Judge.She moved to LaCrosse in 1958 where she served on the State Road School Board during its transition from rural school through its integration into the School District of LaCrosse. She worked for many years at Emerson Elementary School where she established the Library Media Center and during this time was a member of the Department of Public Instruction Task Force for Library Media Specialist Licensing.After retirement, she served as a pastoral care volunteer at Lutheran Hospital.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by hertwo husbands, Willis S. Pfaff of Sparta and Malcolm A. Nelson of LaCrosse, two sisters Darlene (Robert) Sutter of Livonia Michigan, and Judith (Stanley)Kirkeeng of Janesville Wisconsin.
Survivors include a daughter Mary Nelson Schoen and her husband Walter Schoen of Richmond, Virginia and two grandsons, Christopher Schoen of Arlington, Virginia and Eric Schoen of Richmond, Virginia. She is also survived by one brother Stuart (Sandra) Sletten of LaCrosse and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lois will be interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Sparta with the Dickinson Family Funeral Home assisting. Online condolences may be offered at and memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the staff of Hillview Health Care Center for their exceptional and compassionate care.