Lois M. Grauerholz
Date of Birth
June 6, 1931
Fort Collins, Colorado
Entered into Rest
September 12, 2020
Weeping Water, Nebraska
Memorial Service Directions

Friday, September 18, 2020 ~ 2:00 p.m.
First Christian Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Friday, September 18, 2020 ~ 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
First Christian Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Memorials Directions

Alzheimer’s Association of Nebraska

Lois Mae (Johnson) Grauerholz was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on June 6, 1931 to Earl Edward and Mabel Inez Johnson.  She was the 2nd child of 6 children having 4 brothers and 1 sister.

Lois was united in marriage to Ellis William Grauerholz at the Christian Church in Wann, Nebraska on June 16, 1948.  Lois and Ellis were blessed with 4 daughters – Peggy, Margo, Nancy and Barbara.  They lived on a farm north of Ashland for 67 years until Ellis passed away on August 8, 2016.

After Ellis passed away, Lois went to live with her daughter Peggy in Weeping Water, Nebraska until her health declined and she was moved to the Louisville Care Center.  She was there for 3 years.  Due to the COVID pandemic her daughters were not allowed to visit and monitor her care and her health declined further with numerous UTI’s, the last one leading to hospitalization and sepsis.   She was moved to Peggy’s house with help from Kindred Care Hospice on August 17, 2020 until her passing on September 12, 2020.

Lois was an accomplished seamstress and loved to make clothes for her daughters. She made Swing Choir outfits for members of the Ashland High School Swing Choir, wedding dresses, doll clothes, blankets and quilts.  She loved to cook, bake and try out new recipes.

She loved her flowers and gardening and she and Ellis took great pride in keeping their farm looking like a park.  They would take their abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet corn to Ashland to share with others in the community and make special deliveries of garden treats to their daughters.

Lois was very active in the community volunteering her time to the blood bank, elections, church choir, quartet and other church groups.

Lois is survived by her daughters Peggy Nunn of Weeping Water, NE; Margo Bailey of Prairie Home, NE; Nancy (Bill) McDaniel of Waverly, NE and Barbara (Brian) Chitwood of Ladysmith, WI.  Brother Steve (Deb) Johnson of Lincoln, NE, sisters-in-law Lois (Paul) Johnson, Phyllis (Marlin) Johnson, brother-in-law Jim (Rita) Kellogg.   7 grandchildren: Corey (Kim) Root, Nick (Heather) Root, April (Charles) Cover, Daniel Berge, Micaela Berge, Wade Chitwood and Darrin (Ashley) Chitwood.   8 great grandchildren: Kaylee & Calvin Root, Savanna, Dylan, Samantha Root, Matthew & Jacob Cover and Logick Berge, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband Ellis, father Earl & mother Mabel, brothers, Don Johnson, Marlin Johnson, Paul Johnson and sister Rita Kellogg, sister-in-law Jerri (Steve) Johnson, son-in-laws Darrell Nunn and Greg Bailey.

The family would like to make special mention and thank you to the staff at Midlands Hospital in Papillion, NE and Kindred Care Hospice for their wonderful care and service.


Condolences for Lois M. Grauerholz
  1. Suzanne Berry
    • September 15, 2020 - 4 years ago

    We are very sorry for your loss. Sending lots of prayers for continued strength and healing during this difficult time.

    Suzanne & Dean Berry

  2. • September 15, 2020 - 4 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. She was a sweet person. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  3. Chuck & Joan Grauerholz
    • September 18, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Will always have great memories of you and Ellis on your farm. Rest In Peace Aunt Lois!
    Really enjoyed visiting Chuck’s aunt Lois, his uncle Ellis and all the girls. Lois was a wonderful person. God bless. Joan

  4. Gene & Mary Roncka
    • September 18, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all. Blessings, Gene & Mary

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