She was born on September 19, 1929 to Jacob and Barbara Ottmar and grew up on the family farm near Tokio.
She graduated from Ritzville High School in 1947 and attended WSU for one year.
She married Clarence Strohmaier on September 19, 1948 (her 19th birthday); they would have celebrated their 65th anniversary in September.
Together they ran the family farm near Lind and were very active members in the community.
Lois was an amazing cook and loved entertaining and hosting dinners for her family and friends.
She cooked for the harvest crew for 40 years, trying new recipes and hauling the lunches out to the fields.
Lois and Clarence also spent many happy years at their Priest Lake home; boat rides, happy hours, and sunsets were some of Lois’s favorite times of day.
Lois spent lots of time sharing family stories and genealogy with her children and grandchildren.
She was a member of the Lind Community Church, Woman’s Fellowship, and Tredecim Club.
Lois loved to travel, play golf, and snowmobile with family and friends.
She enjoyed playing cards, reading, watching sports on TV, and tending to her flower garden.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents Jacob and Barbara Ottmar, and brother Arlo Ottmar.
Lois is survived by her husband, Clarence; son Greg (Jan) Strohmaier, of Washougal, WA, son Kent (Susie) Strohmaier, Lind, and son Blake Strohmaier, Spokane; grandchildren Jacob, Kiely, and Shane Strohmaier; step-granddaughters Amy (Dave) Hawthorne, Kristen (Mike) Lauerman, and stepgreat-grandchildren Myles and Summer Hawthorne; and James, Anna, and Brooke Lauerman; sister-in-law Oletis Michel, numerous nephews and nieces, and many awesome friends.
A memorial service will be held on September 7, 2013, 11:00AM at the Lind Community Church in Lind, 114 E. 5th.
Please join Lois’s family immediately following the services for lunch at the Lind Grange Hall.
An additional memorial will be held at Priest Lake at Outlet Bay on August 31, 2013 from 3:30-5:30 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Lind Senior Center at PO Box 345 Lind, WA 99341 or to the Spokane Hospice House at 121 S Arthur Spokane, WA 99202.
DANEKAS FUNERAL HOME, RITZVILLE, WA.
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