Lois Elaine Quinnell Linder, passed peacefully February 3, 2009.  Lois will be dearly missed by her three children, Flavis, Cheryl and Steven, his wife Sue; granddaughters, Kari & Stephanie; grandsons, Scott, Ryan and Johnathan; and her loving sister, Marlys Fossum.

Lois began life on June 26, 1925 in the birthing room of her family farm just miles outside Northfield.  Lois and her seven brothers and two sisters, worked the farm while attending a one-room schoolhouse two miles from the farm.  She loved learning and was an exceptional student, excellent in math.  Minnesota winters prompted Dale, her brother, to tell endless stories of being pulled on skis behind the horse drawn sleigh going to and fro school.  Her father, Leif, left the family when she was 14 to work on the Alaskan Highway. Ruth, Lois's mother, organized the children to run the farm, the boys in the fields, the girls in the household, baking breads daily, cooking meals, gardening, cleaning, ironing, etc., never neglecting their studies or missing a Sunday at Highview Christiania. The house was always filled with laughter from their quick wits, which made the challenging more bearable.

Lois married Forrest "Bud" Linder on December 7, 1941. After completing their vows, the minister's wife announced we had been bombed at Pearl Harbor.  Within days, Bud was ordered to San Diego and shipped out. Lois followed shortly there after, hitchhiking to California during gas rationing, and waiting each day in the bus station for Bud to return. During their military service, Flavis was born in San Diego then Steven in Sacramento.

The war ended and they returned and settled in Bloomington, having their third child, Cheryl.  The Linder family had been builders in the Lakeville and Elko for years, so they started Linder Construction Co.  Lois handled the accounting and banking and Bud handled the crews.  Working in the company, raising their children and taking care of the household, Lois still found time to be active in politics, one of her passions, and became the Deputy of Elections for her precinct.  Again in 1958 times got difficult, she was divorced and the banks with which she had an excellent relationship, did not believe a woman could be a contractor. Being the sole support of three children, she was forced to find a new profession.  Risking everything, she opened an employment agency at 512 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.  Because Lois had exceptional business acumen, was blessed with boundless energy and drive, her business thrived for 25 years.

Retiring from business in 1983 she continued her other passions; reading, gourmet cooking, golf, boating and helping her family, friends and community. At 78, she suffered a stroke and returned to her beloved Northfield, living at Three Links Care Center.  Lois was a joy, an inspiration, her humor notorious, a kind friend and mother always ready to help and teach. A remembrance service will take place the end of March, when she will join her family in her final resting place at Highview Christiania.


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