In Memory of

Lois E. Timmins

December 17, 1919 - May 6, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Lois E. Timmins was born on December 17, 1919, in Manson, Iowa, the daughter of Rose (Kaufman) and Oscar Calmer. She was the sixth child of eight children. They resided on their family farm outside of Manson throughout her childhood. Lois attended a one room school when growing up. After graduation, she trained to be a cosmetologist. She owned her own shop in Cherokee.

Lois was united in marriage to T.J. (Joe) Timmins in Cherokee on June 18, 1941. They moved to Spencer and then to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where Joe worked for Internal Revenue Service. At this time, they began growing their family. They moved back to Cherokee in 1948, At that time Lois stayed home and raised their six children. She was a Cub Scout Leader, volunteered for Catholic Daughters of America, and found great support and humor with a large group of neighborhood friends. Lois and Joe loved dancing and socializing with many friends in their early years of marriage. Later, Lois loved to play bridge with a variety of groups. She was so enthused about playing cards that one afternoon, in her later years, she delayed hospitalization for a broken pelvis for hours so she could play the afternoon card game. She enjoyed going to movies, community theater, and the symphony. Crewel work was another passion of hers, and she made many personalized pictures for her family and friends. She was always enthused about food, and especially loved any kind of pie. Her cinnamon rolls were so special that no one has been able to duplicate them. She was always ready to go at a minute’s notice, and never refused an invitation—even if she didn’t know the destination. Lois was an amazing woman who was loved by everyone. Her children were so fortunate to have her as their role model and friend for so many years.

Lois passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the age of 98. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe, seven siblings, and a great-grandchild.

She is survived by her six children: Trudy Timmins of Lakewood, WA, Denny (Linda) Timmins of Cherokee, Larry (Judy) Timmins of Cedar Falls, IA, Penny Nordstrom of Spirit Lake, IA, Tracy (Kara) Timmins of Victoria, TX, and Heidi Paeper of Lakewood, WA; Lois also loved all of her 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; she was also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

In keeping with her giving spirit, Lois was a tissue donor through the Iowa Donor Network.


You are invited to join the family in a time of sharing stories and memories of Lois at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. 

The family will be present for visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Lois will be laid to rest beside her husband, Joe, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee at a later date.


Monday, May 21, 2018 at 3:17 PM
“So sorry for your loss , many prayers to comfort you all. Thinking of you.
Nikki Engel, granddaughter of Roszella Mischler Engel
Marlys Rasmussen Nicholosi, grandaughter of Dorothy Mischler Fritz
Megan Engel Garrison and family, granddaughter of Roszella Mischler Engel
Jolane Weathers and Larinda Seagren, daughters of Roszella Mischler Engel
(Molly Kaufman Mischler) family ”
- Nikki Engel
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:09 PM
“Your mother's and grandmother's love will live on forever etched in your memories.”
- John Hamilton
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“Lois was loved by all the cousins. She was so special.....a fun loving aunt to all of us. She will be missed.”
- Nancy Timmins Nadolski
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“Cedar St. will never be the same. Lois will be missed for her kindness, her knowledge, and sense of humor. All the cousins loved her. I'll miss her. My love to all of you.”
- Nancy Timmins Nadolski
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:21 AM
“To all the Joe and Lois children: I love your mother and all of you. May peace be with all of you. To my other mother Lois, I 💖 you.

- Nancy Timins Nadolski
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 12:48 PM
“I remember so many fun times growing up at Lois and Joe's! Always fun and laughter and lots of things to do with the cousins. I so enjoyed visiting with Lois when I came home during the summers. She was a wonderful Aunt and Mother to her family. : ) Maybe she is playing bridge, cooking cinnamon rolls, and dancing up in Heaven! : ) My love to you all!”
- Jean Hyndman McKinney
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 12:48 PM
“A wonderful, sweet, warm woman. I was lucky to know her. I spent many afternoons on her porch sparring with one of my best friends, Larry. Sorry for your loss. The Timmins family will always be in my heart! Love and prayers being sent your way.
- Molly McCarthy
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11:03 AM
“Lois was a wonderful aunt! She will be missed by many. Cherokee and Cedar Street won't be the same without her. We send our sympathy and hugs!”
- Patrick and Lynette Hyndman
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11:03 AM
“Sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was a remarkable woman. ”
- Roger and Jacque Olson
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11:03 AM
“She was our Grandma and our Great Grandma and will be missed immensely. I’m so glad we had the years that we did. Forever in our hearts! ”
- Missy, Cody & Casey Davis
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 12:55 PM
“I admired this lady immensely. I loved her the moment we met, she is right up there with my mom. Happy Mother's day Lois May you continue to watch over your family and friends. ”
- Kate Shaw
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:36 AM
“May the mother of the West Cedar Street gang rest in peace!!!”
- Steve Conley
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:36 AM
“She was a Dear and Lovely lady. I am so happy to consider her a friend. She will be missed.”
- Randal Netley
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:36 AM
“Our dear neighbor on Cedar Street, for many years—please know I am thinking of you, & that there is boundless love being offered for your family from me.”
- Tricia Vredenburg
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