Lois Bakke (nee Plaisance) 84, of Rochester, passed away April 15, 2012 at Samaritan Bethany. She was born May 20, 1927 in Minneapolis, MN to Charles Plaisance and Meta Peterson Plaisance. She graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1945 and married her high school sweetheart, John Bakke on February 6, 1948. John and Lois just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in 2012. Lois was employed by US Bank in Minneapolis for 12 years prior to moving to Rochester in 1959. She was then employed by the Rochester Schools for 14 years as a teacher aide, working at Jefferson Elementary and John Adams Jr. High. Lois also worked as a financial secretary for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, was a Pink Lady volunteer at Methodist Hospital along with being a volunteer at the Rochester Covenant Church as the Special Gifts Correspondent for 20 years as well as in the church office preparing mailings to homes.
Lois loved family camping and travel, listening to music, reading novels, playing cards and working puzzles. She also gave financial assistance to all 6 grandchildren to attend college.
Lois is survived by her loving husband, John; daughter, Mary Ellen (Bruce) Himple of Eden Prairie; 6 grandchildren, Christine, Sarah, Matt, Justin, Erik and Lisa and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve Bakke; her parents; a sister; a brother and a still-born daughter.
A Funeral service will be held 11:00am Friday, April 20, 2012 at Rochester Covenant Church, 4950 31st Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901. Visitation will be held from 10:00am until time of service at the church. Rev. Herbert Frost will be officiating with interment at Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to Rochester Covenant Church Youth Programs. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Rochester, MN 55901
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
John and Family,
I am so sorry to read of Lois's passing. She was my mother's, Barbara Jean Peterson Sexton, cousin. Her father, Edward Peterson and Meta were brother and sister. I have been trying to locate Meta and Charles's burial sites, but have had no success. I will be going to the Crystal Lake Cemetery and photograph her memorial and submit it to findagrave.com. Please accept my condolences.
Claire Sexton Beumer
John and family,
I was so sorry to read of Lois''s passing. I have fond memories of getting to know Lois when she was a Pink Lady volunteer on our outpatient surgery unit at Methodist Hospital. She was a lovely person!! Please know that she will be missed by many and that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear John and family--
I want to tell you how sorry I was to read of Lois'''' Homegoing. Her life has been such a beautiful story of service to such a wide spectrum of her community. We in Rochester were greatly blessed when the two of you came down here in 1959. That''''s the same year that Howard and I moved here, too. It has been a great place to raise a family.
Please know that I will be praying for all of you and will be with you in spirit, remembering all the many hours in the church kitchen and the other rooms, doing all the things that make an organization a busy and flourishing one. I have enjoyed her friendship, and yours as well. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of someone who was (and in Heaven remains) so vital and engaged in everything around her. Warmly, Mary Lou Sather