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Lois Rickert Roberton #x2013;; Rushford

RUSHFORD -- The funeral for Lois Rickert Roberton will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rushford Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Roger Michelson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Roberton, 87, Rushford, a leader in many civic and local organizations, died Saturday (March 27, 2004).

Lois Rickert was born Oct. 6, 1916, in Reinbeck, Iowa, graduated from Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Nursing School in Chicago and was employed as a nurse in Chicago and at Cornell Medical Center in New York City. On Jan. 23, 1944, she married Theodore S. Roberton Sr. in Chicago, and they moved to Rushford in 1946. She worked at Rushford State Bank as a teller and as her husband's secretary and served on the board of directors. In 1978, she graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University where she majored in independent studies with a concentration in theater arts.

Mrs. Roberton was the local chairperson of Crippled Children's Association, local and county chair of the Polio Foundation during the polio epidemic in Rushford, served on the local and Fillmore County American Lung Association boards, served as director/secretary of the Minnesota TB and Health Board for 10 years and received a distinguished service award for her work in that organization. She served as chairwoman of the Fillmore County Republican Committee, organized and served as first president of the Rushford Federated Women's Club and sponsored the Town and Country Federated Club. She was a lifetime area representative of the Winona Community Hospital, was one of the incorporators of the Rushford Community Clinic and served on that board until her death.

She took an active role in the development of the new clinic building in downtown Rushford and served on the Study Commission for consolidating the city of Rushford and the village of Rushford. Following her graduation from Winona State University, she served on the organizational board of RASA, directed several one-act plays and organized the Reader's Theatre at Rushford elementary school. A 50-–year; member of the Order of Eastern Star, she served as worthy matron, grand page of Minnesota Grand Chapter, grand adah of Minnesota, grand representative of Minnesota in Oregon Grand Chapter and the Iowa Grand Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, and was district instructor of Eastern Star for eight years. She was named Mrs. Rushford for the Homecoming Celebration in 2002 and is listed in the fifthedition of the Who's Who of American Women for her volunteer work. She enjoyed dancing, singing, playing bridge, all aspects of theater and her dogs.

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Survivors include a son, Theodore S. (Anne) of Rushford; a daughter, Teryl R. (Brian) Nelson of Payson, Ariz.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Faye Paulsen of Reinbeck, Iowa. Her husband and a brother preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hoff Funeral Homes-Rushford Chapel and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church. There will be a lodge service by Mystic Star Chapter 93 at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Lois Roberton Nursing Scholarship Fund in care of the Rushford Community Foundation or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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