Lois M. Heinze
On December 27, 2018, surrounded by her daughters, Lois Marie Heinze was welcomed home in a glorious celebration with her Savior Jesus Christ. Lois was born to Pauline (Dahl) Koenecke and Henry Koenecke on the family farm south of Sylvan Grove, Kansas on September 2, 1930. She lived most of her life within two miles of Sylvan Grove. She is preceded in death by her parents and her two older sisters Alma and Della, as well as her husband Harlan “Buzz” Heinze, her daughter Linda (Heinze) Shores, and her grand daughter Haley (Phipps) Peters. She is survived by her daughters Susan Thames (Kenney) of Buda Texas, Sandra Phipps (Alan), of Matfield Green, Kansas and Brad Shores, son in law of Newton, Kansas, 10 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.
Lois was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran church her entire life. She was baptized on September 28, 1930. Her sponsors were Martha Dahl, Herman’s mother, and August Heine, a cousin of Henry Koenecke. Lois was confirmed on April 2, 1944. She attended Bethlehem Lutheran School, and Sylvan Grove High School, graduating in 1948. She was a bookkeeper at the Farmers Elevator in Sylvan while she was in High School and in the summer of 1947-48. She attended the Salt City Business School in Hutchinson, Kansas and worked as a bookkeeper and payroll clerk at the Salt City Egg Company. Lois worked at the Sylvan State Bank for three years. She was a secretary in the Sylvan Grove Grade School and then was the principal’s secretary at the Sylvan Unified High School for 32 years, retiring in the year 2000. She also worked for Becky Ostermann, Thrivent, for several years, as well as sold Avon.
Lois belonged to the Dorcas Society, and was the secretary-treasurer in the AAL local branch for 19 years. She belonged to LWML, was in the choir, and was also a Sunday school teacher.
Lois married the love of her life, Harlan Gene Heinze, on January 25, 1953. They lived on the Buzick Ranch for six years, where Harlan was the foreman, and Lois was the cook and housekeeper. They continued to farm south of Sylvan Grove until Harlan’s death in 1981.
Lois was a devoted homemaker, loyal wife, and loving mother. She helped her girls with their memory verses, homework, school activities and piano lessons. She was the cooking leader in 4-H for several years, and enjoyed needlework, crafts, making baby blankets and stuffed animals for her grandchildren. She was always busy, making her home welcoming and comfortable. She dearly loved traveling and dancing. Her family always anticipated her cookies and delicious butterhorns.
Lois will long be remembered for her charming personality, her ability to kid and joke around with her friends and her gift of carrying on a conversation with everyone she met. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A funeral service will be held Friday, January 4, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sylvan Grove Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Gift Fund. Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home of Sylvan Grove is in charge of arrangements.