Lois Jongsma passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013. She was born Lois Jean Sherman, to Carl and Alberta Sherman, at their home in Vesta, Wash., on February 11, 1925.
Lois was Carl and Alberta’s first child and grew up in the Saginaw logging camp in Brooklyn, Wash. Lois’s first job was working in her Uncle Dee’s Red & White store for $15 a month. She loved school and was very interested in the English language and music. In 1949, she moved to Oak Harbor to be with her ill mother and there she met her husband, Frank Jongsma. She married that Flying Dutchman three months later and they were together for 64 crazy, wonderful years.
Lois had a beautiful soprano voice and was immersed in music throughout her life. She always had a song on the tip of her tongue. She was a creative writer and published poet.
Lois is survived by her husband, Franklin Jongsma; and their children, Martha (Bob) Hitchcock, Dee Ann Carlson, Alan (Nancy) Jongsma, Gail (Gordon) Kruckeberg, Arnold Jongsma, Joy Glein, Doris Brinkerhoff; as well as 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, November 15, 2013, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2015 East Blackburn Road, Mount Vernon. Memorials may be made to the Whatcom Chorale, whatcomchorale.org.