Lois Dankers passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on October 17, 2023, at the age of 76 years.
Lois Ann (Flaten) Dankers was born October 31, 1946 in Faribault, Minnesota to Howard and Lorna (Lorenson) Flaten. She was raised in rural Wanamingo and graduated from Wanamingo High School, Class of 1964. Lois married Donald Dankers on July 20, 1968, at Holden Lutheran Church in Kenyon, Minnesota. They made their home in Goodhue all their married years. Lois helped Don on the farm while they raised their 5 children. After the children were grown, she worked outside of the home in the hospitality industry for approximately 20 years. Lois was a humble, kind, and loving woman. She loved spending time with her family, especially at the lake most summers. She also loved music and singing. She sang Happy Birthday to each one of her grandchildren every year on their birthday. Over the years, she enjoyed singing songs with her sisters at several events, visiting with friends at card club, and watching Hallmark movies. She was an avid sports fan. She especially enjoyed watching the MN Twins, the MN Vikings and NASCAR races.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her parents Howard and Lorna; her sisters Joanne Flaten and Nancy Robles and her brother-in-law Robert Blakstad. She is survived by her daughters, Patty (Jay) McNamara of La Crosse, Jane (Mark) Bortnem of Eau Claire, Amy (Steve) Hinrichs of Plainview, and Annette Reimers of Plainview; one son, Kevin (Robyn) Dankers of Goodhue; one brother, Roger (Jan) Flaten of Cannon Falls; one sister, Judy Blakstad of Zumbrota; 16 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild and many other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 22nd at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 702 3rd Ave, Goodhue, MN 55027, at 2:00 pm with visitation before the service starting at 12:30. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Goodhue. Lundberg Funeral home in Cannon Falls is assisting the family, and online condolences are welcome at www.LundbergFuneral.com.
Active pallbearers will be grandsons Patrick and Joseph McNamara, Brandon Bortnem, Alexander Hinrichs, Kade Brannon, and Benjamin Donnay. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren, Jenna McNamara, Erika Brannon, Brianna Bortnem, Samantha and Abigail Hinrichs, Blaize Donnay, Bianca Dankers, Micayla and Bryson Reimers, Hailey, Shelby and Jaysa Dankers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Goodhue Fire and Rescue.