Henrietta “Lois” Wolfswinkel, the daughter of Thomas and Clara (Soodsma) Feenstra, was born May 18, 1937, in Worthington, MN. At the age of four, her family moved to Sibley, IA where she received her education. She attended the Sibley Christian School through the 8th Grade, then graduated in 1955 from Western Christian High School in Hull, IA.
On June 7, 1956, Lois was united in marriage to Ervin J. Wolfswinkel. The new couple made their home in Sibley and were blessed with three sons and five daughters. Throughout their married life, Ervin and Lois lived in Iowa, Minnesota, and Colorado, owning and operating various businesses.
Lois was an active member of the First Reformed Church in Sanborn, IA where she took part in Bible study groups and helped with Awana. She had been a volunteer with Hospice as well as the Village Treasure Chest in Sheldon, IA. She loved to cook and bake, and always had something good to eat if her family should stop by. Lois also enjoyed doing crochet and craft projects and participated in many craft fairs in the area. She found joy in looking at the different birds and flowers from her window. Lois was full of wit and spunk. Some of her favorite times were spent playing games with family and friends. Her caring, generous disposition endeared her to all who knew and loved her.
On Friday, April 7, 2023, Lois passed from this life at the age of 85 years. She will be remembered as a woman who loved God with her whole heart and claimed Jesus as her Savior. She prayed daily for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her greatest desire was to be with them again one day in Heaven. Will you be there too?
Those left to cherish Lois’ memory are her eight children and their families: Terryl (Vicki) Wolfswinkel of Scottsdale, AZ, Linda (Rod) Van Beek and Brian (Myra) Wolfswinkel both of Sanborn, IA, Jerry (Monica) Wolfswinkel of Wiggins, CO, Lori Wolfswinkel of Milford, IA, Shari(Dennis) Vander Veen of Worthington, MN, Bonnie (Dean) Lee of Elizabeth, CO, and Brenda (Benjamin) Goff of Tampa, FL; 25 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one dear sister, Bertie (Pete) Runia of Ocheyedan, IA; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Clara Feenstra; and her husband of 56 years, Ervin Wolfswinkel.