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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lois Laverne Osterberg Smith passed from this world on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, after an extended illness. Lois was a resident of the Medicalodges of Fort Scott, Kan., where she received compationate care for the past five years and was loved by many of the staff and residents alike.

Lois Osterberg came to this world happily (we all know she did) on May 19, 1926. Her parents were Carold John Osterberg and Josephine Dreon Osterberg. Lois had three siblings who have all survived her including: two sisters, Janet Finegan and Frances Andre, and a brother Jack Osterberg.

Lois worked when she was young for General Mills in Minneapolis, Minn., where she met her future husband, Cecil Smith (deceased Jan. 24 , 1998). They were married on Sept. 7, 1949, in Mason City, Iowa, and together raised five boys. Cecil and Lois first lived for an extended time in Matteson, Ill., and later in Fort Scott, Kan., where all of their boys eventually graduated from Fort Scott High School and went on to successful careers in a number of fields.

Her sons all survive her, including Scott and his wife Marti of Fort Scott, Chris and his wife Patty of Baltimore, Md., Ben and his wife Becky of Chanute, Kan., Brian and his wife Leafyia of Garden City, Kan., and Darren and his wife Kris of Lafayette, Colo. Combined, these boys have 16 children and 13 grandchildren.

Lois enjoyed her children and family most in life, but her many other interests included card games like bridge, spades, word games like Scrabble and cooking a good meal for her family. Lois was known by most of her good friends and family for her keen wit, her warm smile and her love of life.

She will be missed most for her ability to make you laugh about life, her unwavering loyalty to family and friends and her absolute and unrelenting positive approach to living life to its fullest.

A brief service and remembrance is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenton Van Officiating.

The family has expressed that friends not send flowers or gifts, as Lois suggested a donation to the American Diabetes Association.

Donations may be sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Condolences may be emailed to expressions@konantz-cheney.com.