Lois H. Gagner
June 24, 1927 – April 3, 2018
Lois H. Gagner (nee Letten), age 90. Beloved wife of the late Thomas R. Loving mother of Charlane, Susan, Lynna, and LuAnn (Frank) Flores. Proud grandma of Cheryl (Daniel) Yarbrough, Dawn (Randy) Sherman, Amanda (Mark) Frystak, and Ethan Flores. Cherished great-grandma of Brandon, Kyle, William, Nellie, and Wyatt. Devoted great-great-grandma of Ariana, Brandon Ayden, and Austyn. Caring sister of the late George (Erma) Letten and the late Myrle Kuhn. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Tuesday 9am prayers from Ridge Funeral Home (6620 W. Archer Ave. Corner of Natoma) to a 10am mass at St. Maurice Church (3615 S. Hoyne). Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 3-8pm. For more info call 773-586-7900.
- Visitation Monday, April 9, 2018
- Prayer Serivce Tuesday, April 10, 2018
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 10, 2018
- Burial Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Lois H. Gagner
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May 14, 2018
Mom yesterday was Mother's Day and I thought about you all day and what we would be doing together to celebrate your day however you're with dad now. I'm sure you had a great day which you deserve. You were a wonderful mother a little stubborn I miss you so much I just want to let you know that. Charlane,LuAnn and I released three Mother's Day balloons up to you in heaven we hope you received them always remember none of us will ever stop thinking about you. Kind and generous and thoughtful you were I remember everything you did for everyone and never asked for anything back. Anyone whoever came to the Gagner house felt like they were home that was just the way you made them feel. It could have been a holiday or just any old day it's just the person you were . You went out of your way to make a cake , lunch or dinner. We are going to celebrate your birthday too and send you balloons with messages in them up to you. The kids are so excited they want to do it so you can get one from them. Your little buddy Ayden says he sees you in the clouds but he can't see your eyes. I told him you are watching him he said Granny says pick up your toys I told him that's right and she's watching you. They tell me Granny in heaven now when ever they see me I told them that's right. So watch out for the balloons we will be sending you. We all love and miss you so much. I'm trying to keep it together and do what you want me to it is very hard but know I'm trying my best. Love you, Lynna.
May 14, 2018
Yesterday was Mother's day. It was hard without you but we gathered together to celebrate you at the end off the day we released three balloons in your honor. We are sure they reached you and hope you enjoyed them. We miss so much but it is a comfort knowing you are with dad and at peace. We are doing ok it is hard at times you keep us going especially Lynna she talks to you all the time never a dish in the sink dust can't be seen and floors are done she is doing a good job you would be proud of her. Love and miss you forever, Charlane.
May 13, 2018
On June 24, 1927, an angel, Lois Helen was born to George and Helen Letten. It is only fitting that my mom’s favorite things were angels since she herself was one to not only her family but to friends and strangers alike. She gave all she had to everyone without asking for anything in return.
My mother was an incredibly kind and generous person. Everyone who entered our home left feeling special. My mom was a gracious hostess who would give anyone the shirt off her back. We never had much money and plenty of nights ate breakfast for dinner but there was always room and food for one more at our table.
There was no one that did holidays better than my mom. For those fortunate enough to spend a holiday at the Gagner house you understand. For those who have not, all I can say is there was always enough food for an army, decorations up the wazoo and doggie bags or cookie trays to go when you left.
My mom was the strongest person I think I will ever know. She confronted every challenge and obstacle with determination. Myself and others would say she possessed the stubbornness of a mule and a fight that would put a boxer to shame. She was very brave and was the ultimate protector.
After her first stroke we almost lost her. She fought her way back determined to do all the things she did before the stroke. After her second stroke she lost quite a bit of speech and required a feeding tube but she kept going strong.
Full of energy, kind, generous, warm, caring and and never afraid to share her opinion with anyone are things I will remember about my mom. I hope that she knew how special she was to all of us.
Dad left us over 31 years ago and was most likely waiting to welcome her with open arms. A match made and reunited in heaven!
Through my mother, I learned the value of relationships, compassion and honesty. Mom, thank you for everything you did for our family, friends and for me over the years. I couldn’t have asked for a better mother and role model.
May 8, 2018
Mrs. Gagner was always very loveable , happy at every doctor's visit and always with warm open arms. Thank you for making my day better and thank you for warming up our office with your love. You were one of my favorite patients who I will always remember and I will carry you in my heart.
May 1, 2018
For the ten years I lived in Chicago, Lois and Lynna kindly opened their home to me. During that time we shared many meals, spoke several kind words, laughed a lot, and enjoyed our Connie's pizza and salad while watching the Blackhawks games.
Thank you for always offering a kind ear for listening, the delicious meals, and the warm bed with the rainbow pillowcases. You will always be my family.
April 29, 2018
I'm writing this to honor my wonderful mother, Lois Gagner I am so proud to say is my Mother..I can't list all her great qualities. She was loved by many. I don't think she knew how many loved & admired her. Always helping everyone & her family. A proud Grandmother of 4, Great grandmother of 5 & yes a Great Great grandmother of 3. 5 girls & oh my God finely 7 boys she is telling my father all about them. She loved all of them. My mother was one of a kind. She was so giving never asked for anything in return. What a strong woman she was not afraid of anyone or anything. She would never say she was mad she was angry. Also never said good bye on the phone she would just hang up. Oh yes she make us mad at times. As for me I learned how to be a strong like her. I'm so proud of her for teaching me how to take care of myself & be respectful of others.I only hope she was proud of me. Yes we had arguments & didn't talk for a day but we survived & argued again. I wouldn't have traded her for anyone else in the world. She took care of me my whole life and It was my turn to take care of her which I was proud to do. Sometimes it was hard but I would give in because I knew she would win. It was her way or no way..She was just so stubborn. I love her & always will. I want to thank her for all the wisdom, strength and love she gave me. I'll see her & my father again. They will always be in my heart & thought forever. What great parents they were. It was hard for all of us but we got threw It. It's hard for me to say good bye to her right all I can say is Mom you where a remarkable Mother. I love you so very much, remember that please I need to let you be with Dad. I know he wants his sweety with him now. I know he let you stay with us for a little over 31yr. I feel that our time has to be up with you now. It's ok with with me. Rest in peace Mom in Dads arms till we see each other again.
April 17, 2018
Mom it's been two weeks since you spread your wings and flew home to Dad. Just want to tell you I love you more today then I did yesterday. I feel you're still here with me telling me what to do and you work in mysterious ways something I was looking for I actually found today because you forced me to go out and go to the bank to take care of business. You will always be my guardian angel love you just remember that be happy with Dad and your family that's in heaven with you.
April 15, 2018
How do I start a 90 year long story and condense it into a short memorial speech? Well, I do that, by saying those of you who really knew my grandmother knew she did things on her terms in her own time. If we stop and think about all of her accomplishments, we would be in awe, but right now, I would like to focus on the loving, caring, respectful way she raised the children in our family. Her career of raising children spanned almost 70 years from her oldest daughter Charlane, to my mother Susan, to Lynna to her baby LuAnn, then, 3 years after Luann was born along came her eldest grandchild,my sister Cheryl. Followed by me a year later, after me, the good Lord decided to give her 15 years to recover, then came Amanda. She loved that little girl from the day she was announced. You could see the joy in her eyes when she held that child it was amazing. She was back in her element of taking cares of babies. Then 3 years later there was Ethan, Ethan Thomas the first grandson and the pride and joy of the family not just the pride and joy of grandma but the whole family was thrilled that someone finally had a boy and LuAnn and her husband Frank gave this boy the honor of being named after our grandfather better known as Poppa. Unfortunately, Poppa never got the to chance to meet his grandson Ethan was born in 1989. 3 years after Poppa passed. The list goes on with 2 great grandsons Cheryl's boys, Brandon and Kyle, then some 18 years or so later, she became a great great grandmother to Brandon's kids, Ariana, Aiden and Austin and to Amanda's kids William and the twins Nellie and Wyatt. To say taking care of all of us was what she did, minimizes the effect she had on our lives. At least for me, she taught me to be strong, independent, loving, caring, thoughtful forgiving and most importantly to respect our elders whether we knew them or not.
Her love was unconditional and for that grandma I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will forever cherish our times and conversa
April 15, 2018
Something my Mom would say. We all think she is at rest. Mrs. Gagner is our rock this what she would tell us.
DO not stand a my grave and weep I am not there I so DO not sleep.
I am the thousands winds that blow.
I am diamonds glint on snow.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
DO not stand a my grave and cry I am not there I did not die.
Mom you left us with tough shoes to fill but we are going to be ok. There is a part of you in each one of us girls you taught us how to love laugh and care for others but most of all you taught us respect of others. We will miss you now that you were the wind beneath my wings you gave so much of yourself and never asked for anything in return. Till we meet again. Love you, Charlane.
April 14, 2018
You had a life full of love and a heart full of gold. You lived your life for our family. You taught us all how to love and forgive. You proved your determination when you taught yourself to speak after the Dr said it would not be possible. There will never be a day that goes by that I don't think of you... But you are with Poppa now and that make my heart happy. We will all meet again... Until then fly with the angels and keep your ever watchful eye on us all... Love, Dawn & Randy
April 05, 2018 | Gypsum, KS | Grandchild
April 10, 2018
Mom today is your day to go home to Dad and to see your mother,father,brother and sister. I hope you were proud of the arrangements we made for you. I hope you will be eternally happy now. I just can't say good bye to you so what I will say is I will love you and dad always and forever. Till we see each other again RIP my little Angel time to spead your winges and fly home.
April 9, 2018
Your Mom was such a strong woman and set a good example for all you girls to follow. I know you will miss her. Prayers to you and your family. Smile when you remember how special your relationship with your Mom was.
April 8, 2018
Dear Lois' Family,
My deepest and sincerest sympathy go out to all of you. In times when you find yourself struggling through a day or a moment stricken with sadness and grief missing our Lois, you can honor the wonderful woman she was by finding strength in her. Think of a time you shared with her and be proud to have that memory together. Imagine her standing tall, and then hearing her voice straight out speaking her mind, being as stubborn as she needed to be to have it her way! And always feeling the love that she gave as she cared for all in her life. Remember Lois is not gone, she lives on in all of you forever until you meet again. She has eternal life with God the Father, with whom we ask that his grace have mercy on all of you bringing you much peace and love.
Jeanne Marie Sansone Altman
April 8, 2018
April 6, 2018
LuAnn, Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
April 5, 2018
What more can I say about this wonderful lady that I had the privilege of calling her mom for 90. Yrs She was our rock ,And will be missed by many . She was loved by everyone but knowing she is in a better place gives some comfort for our loss it's still going to be a long time for the pain to heal.Mom just knowing you are going to be with family makes me feel better give them the business when you see them Love You Always.
April 4, 2018
Dear Lynna & Family
I did not know your mother very long, But what I did recognize, she was a very spry woman for her age. As well as as a very loving & caring person. Family was everything to to her. You were all blessed with such a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt & Great Aunt. I know she will truly be missed. But she is no longer in pan & now with (your dad ) her husband in Heaven.
April 4, 2018
To my Mother I just need you to know how much I love you please never forget that. You & dad will always be in my mind & my heart as long as I'm alive. We will be together again I'm sure. I love dad & you so very much.