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Lois D. Spenst


Lois Spenst, 88, passed away peacefully at her home in Langdon on May 2, 2017.

Lois was born April 22, 1929, to Chester and Addi Rouse of Loma. Lois graduated from Langdon High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mayville State College. In 1948, she married Ralph Spenst while teaching in Waterloo Township. She continued her teaching career in Gordon Township, Alsen, and Langdon High School.

Lois was generous and always willing to help students before and after school. She was an active National Education member. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to pursue college degrees. She loved to read, taught Sunday school, and had a strong Christian faith.

Lois is survived by her husband, Ralph; their two daughters: Lou Loewen, and husband Wesley, of Overland Park, KS, and Phyllis Schroeder and husband Nathaniel, of Bismarck, ND. Lois has four grandchildren: Reginald Loewen of Fort Collins, CO, Ethan Loewen of Overland Park, KS, Natalia (Schroeder) Canaj of Leipgiz, Germany, Erika (Schroeder) Greenwood of Warrenton, VA and three great- grandchildren: Isabelle and Danny Loewen, both of Fort Collins, CO, and Gabriela Eve Canaj of Leipzig, Germany. Surviving siblings include Dorothy Kjos of Langdon, Alice Krohn of Osnabrock, Laura Connelly of Las Vegas, Corine Horton of Denver, and Harris Rouse of Grand Forks.

The family wishes to thank the Altru Hospice staff. Their care and compassion will not be forgotten.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Swiss Mennonite Church in Alsen, ND. Visitation will be at the Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Langdon on Friday, May 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at the Bethel Cemetery, rural Langdon, following the funeral service.



Funeral Service

Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:00 AM

Swiss Mennonite Church

Alsen, ND



Visitation will take place Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5-7:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Langdon, ND.

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My sympathy. Seems like one thing we never forget are the teachers we had. At the time I didn't realize how important they are in your life. Mrs spenst was my high school English teacher that always went out of her way to help me through a subject that wasn't my favorite.

Charlie Klein May 16 2017 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Lois and her family for comfort and peace.

Dawn (Harris) Peterson May 13 2017 12:00 AM

Mrs. Spenst was my English teacher during my senior year of high school. She was the kindest and most dedicated instructor, always willing to help and going above and beyond what was expected. For that reason and many others, she will always be my favorite teacher and will live on forever in my heart. Randy and I send our sympathy to all of her family and loved ones. We will miss her service because we are in Arkansas, but we will be thinking of all of you.

Phyllis Mikkelsen May 10 2017 12:00 AM

I am honored and grateful to have known Lois. She was one of the loveliest, grace-full souls I've had the pleasure of knowing, and during this time of pain, I pray that God's peace and love will be surrounding Lois' loved ones.

Christy Loewen May 9 2017 12:00 AM

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of His saints." Ps 116. It's so hard to say goodbye to a mother. We have just done so, both my husband and I, in the last 5 months. My prayers are for you as you go through this difficult time. Just think of stepping on shore and finding it home. As the ship leaves our shores, and we watch it to the horizon, those on heaven's shore, (like Aunt Maggie Toavs, or my mother) will have welcomed Lois home with open arms. What a day that will be, when we all get to heaven, and how important it is, to know The Way, the Truth and the Life. With love, Vivian (nee Heidner) Wall

Vivian Wall May 7 2017 12:00 AM

Ralph and family members, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Lois. During the years I spent teaching Langdon, I always found Lois to be dedicated to her students. She was a true professional educator. When Cindy and I announced that we were getting married, I remember Lois being among the first to offer her congratulations. The loss of family members is never easy, but from personal experience I can tell you that it is made easier knowing that the departing family member had a deep and abiding faith. I know that was true in her case. Her memories will live on as she lives on in His eternal home.

Gary Rath May 6 2017 12:00 AM

Very possibly my favorite teacher in high school. Still remember stopping in the hallway and talking about assignments 44 years later. Great teacher and sweet lady.

Bob Muhs May 5 2017 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Lois,Ralph and Lois were such special,loving friends! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Arlie & Betty Veer May 5 2017 12:00 AM