Obits – Lois Helen (Wagener) Timmers Riley
Lois Helen (Wagener) Timmers Riley, 86, of Waconia, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2012 at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital. Services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at St. Joseph Church in Waconia with Celebrant Fr. Bennet Tran. Visitation was 10 a.m. and Mass was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Private interment at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Lois was born in Nagel Hospital on March 9, 1926 to Anton and Freida (Klobe) Wagener, and was the second youngest of eight children. Growing up on their family resort, Lois preferred tying boats at the lake to staying back with her six sisters, and quickly earned the reputation as a tomboy. Despite being left-handed, and affectionately nicknamed “Leftie” by her father, Lois was her father’s “right hand man” at the resort.
Four years after graduating from Waconia High School, Lois married her first husband, Marvin Timmers, on Sept. 11, 1948 and together they had six children: Jeanette, Gary, Donnie, Bill, Linda and Allen. In 1949, they partnered with Bud and Sally Krautbauer and purchased her family resort, which they ran together for seven years. After selling the resort, Lois took a position making toys for Tonka Toys, a job her children will always remember for its Christmas Parties, infamous among them for the turkey and the opportunity to choose a gift from the company’s plentiful Christmas stock. After leaving Tonka, Lois worked for a time at Dueber’s Warehouse, and then alongside daughter Linda Flusemann at Laketown Manufacturing.
On June 25, 1977, Lois lost her husband Marvin when he died peacefully in his sleep of a heart attack. Three years later she had the fortune of finding love again at a dance at the VFW, and on Oct. 25, 1980, married Don Riley. Throughout their marriage, Don and Lois were prominent members of the Waconia VFW Post 5462, with Don serving as the Commander seven times, and Lois serving as president of the Ladies Auxiliary from 1983-85 and again from 1991-95. During their service to the VFW they traveled frequently, attending conventions throughout the United States, notably in Chicago and New Orleans. In the summer of 1985, Don and Lois both retired and moved to their home in Maple Lake, where they enjoyed many summers cruising the lake on their pontoon boat and frying the day’s catch with family and friends, when she always promised “You’re not going to get much” even though there was always more than plenty to go around.
Lois is remembered affectionately by her family for her freckles and strength of character. She loved to dance, and was the life of the party at any wedding she attended. She was a known prankster and loved a good laugh. Mom and Dad’s Sundays included polka music and playing cribbage, 500 and sheephead and Dad would overbid and Mom enjoyed setting him up.
Lois also enjoyed the opportunity to place the odd bet on her favorite team, the Vikings, and was known for her good luck and feisty personality.
Lois and her beloved Don would have been married 32 years this year.
She was preceded in death by first husband, Marvin Timmers; brother Joe Wagener; sisters Ceil Hoen, Marian Ebert, Margaret Bloomer, Doris Gothmann and Helen Geyen.
She is survived by husband Don Riley; brother-in-law Jim Geyen; brothers- and sisters-in-law Harold and Norma Lenzen and Frank and Mary Timmers; sister-in-law Elaine Timmers; sons Gary (Cindy) Timmers, Don (Mary Ellen) Timmers, Bill (Joann) Timmers, Allen (Julie) Timmers, and Ron (Deana) Riley; daughters Jeanette (Mike) Olinger, Linda (Daniel) Flusemann, Carol (Neil) Nystrom, and Cheri (Don) Moldenhauer; 21 grandchildren; 18-great-grandchildren.