Lois Cruden, 92, of Lisbon, died July 8, 2012 at Parkside Nursing Home, Lisbon, under care of Hospice. Lois Lenore Wolters Cruden was born to Jakob Wolters and Mary Hermes, the 13th of 14 children, on the family farm near Buttzville on May 19, 1920.
She attended St. Aloysius grade school from grade 1 through 7 in Lisbon, then attended grade 8 through 12 at Stanley, where she stayed with her older sister Frances, a teacher. She worked a short time for JC Penny in California after graduation, then returned to North Dakota where she married Bernie Cruden on Nov. 21, 1940. They lived briefly in Bremen, where Bernie worked at the Bremen Elevator, then moved to Buttzville, where Bernie worked at the New Farmers Elevator which evolved into the Buttzville Grain Co.
Lois was a homemaker, raised five children, and participated in the St. Aloysius Ladies Altar Society in Lisbon. She enjoyed cooking and preserving food from a large garden, reading, listening to music, photography, playing cards, and caring for her home. Bernie retired in 1976 and they moved to Lisbon where they remained.
She is survived by one brother John Wolters of Lisbon, and her children: John Cruden of Fargo, Mary Carlson of Lisbon, Dr. Thomas Cruden (Nancy) of Isle of Palms, SC, Patricia (David) Johnston of Rochester, MN, and Bernadette (Gary) Botner of Valley City. She leaves 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband Bernie in 1990, her parents and 12 siblings: Kate Dworshak, Frances Hadley, Nell Stock, Min Alison, Ida Walters, Margaret Beaucage, Myrtle Coffee, and brothers Frank, Howard, Edward, Marvin, and Vernon Wolters.
Funeral services were held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Lisbon on July 13, 2012. Father Jerald Finnestad officiated.
Pallbearers for the funeral were Paul Johnson, Bill Carlson, Eric Amundrud, Patrick Amundrud, Ron Carlson and Joel Carlson.
Music was provided by organist Jan Hansen and Cantor Kris Long.
Burial will be at the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Lisbon.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Lisbon was in charge of arrangements.