Lois Mae Ziegenhagen

Lois Mae Ziegenhagen, 91, died peacefully at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna on January 28, 2014, surrounded by family and in the loving care of dedicated staff.

Lois was born at home on May 18, 1922, to parents Robert and Clara (Tretbar) Frohrip. She grew up on their farm in the Minnesota River Valley. She attended country school and graduated from Fairfax High School. On June 7th, 1944, Lois married Allwin Ziegenhagen at the Zion Lutheran Church in Morgan. They made their home on a farm, just up the hill from her childhood home, overlooking the Minnesota River Valley.

Times in the 1940s were not easy in the beginning. The house had electricity but no running water, which meant there was the traditional “outhouse.”?Meals were made on a wood cook stove. In addition to caring for the children she raised a large flock of chickens, eggs were sold for money for groceries as well as butchering some for fried chicken. She had a huge garden and canned hundreds of jars of produce for the family. There always were plenty of jars of tomatoes for hot dish and a wide variety of pickles. The beet pickles and watermelon pickles were a great hit. Allwin did the farming and raised cattle, pigs and a large flock of sheep that grazed in the hillside pastures. They engaged in farming for 37 years.

They later retired to Franklin where she and Allwin were very active with the Senior Citizens Center as well as their church in Redwood Falls. She played organ and piano at various churches. Gospel music was a favorite of hers. They celebrated their 53rd Wedding Anniversary before Allwin’s death. Lois moved to Lake City to be near her daughter Marie and later moved to Zumbrota. She had many good friends in Zumbrota. When Marie and Reg moved to Arizona in September 2013, Lois moved to Country Side Assisted Living facility in Owatonna, where she resided until the time of her death. She was surrounded by many new friends and caring staff.

She is survived by children, Dee and Chuck Sasse of Elysian, Carol and Bob Ellringer of San Angelo, TX, Marie and Reg Busson of Prescott, AZ, Paul and Pam Ziegenhagen of Rockford, TX, Perry and Peg Ziegenhagen of Owatonna, and Phil and Marcy Ziegenhagen of Blaine; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her sister Gloria Just and husband Vern; and brother Lester Frohrip.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allwin Ziegenhagen; and sister-in-law, June Frohrip.

Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, near Morgan, MN with services to be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to Mount Hope Cemetery Association or Homestead Hospice House.

Michaelson Funeral Home of Owatonna is handling arrangements.

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