Lois Sieben


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Posted Online: Dec. 01, 2012, 5:46 pm
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Lois V. Sieben, 96, of Geneseo, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at her home.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2013,atFirst Congregational Church, Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, Geneseo, or Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.
Lois was born in Colman, S.D., on April 10, 1916, daughter of Rev. Guy and Clara Williamson Wilkinson.The family later moved from Mitchell, S.D., to Wisconsin where her father held pastorates in various towns.
Lois graduated from Edgerton, Wis., High School. She was given an organ scholarship at auditions at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she majored in organ (gave three major recitals) and minored in piano. She received her degree in music performance. On June 20, 1949, she married Dale Sieben, her college sweetheart, in Madison, Wis. Her father escorted her down the aisle and then performed the marriage ritual, assisted by the minister of the church where she had been organist and choir director.
Through many years, she was a church organist in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Illinois – sometimes serving also as choir director. Many weddings and funerals were included in the playing and much accompanying.
Also, through many years, she taught piano and organ. Her students were always her "kids" and numbered in the hundreds.
After one and a half years at the home office of an electrical engineering firm in Milwaukee, Dale's company sent him to their New York City office. The family lived in New Jersey. Later Dale decided to return to the family farm in Geneseo where he became a happy and successful farmer as well as a leader in town activities.
Lois was active in town and church activities -- especially with the children – a member of the original Henry County Association for the Crippled, as it was called then, and was head of the Geneseo Foster Parents group, who, in lieu of sending local Christmas greetings, were able to support up to seven needy children for many years.
She is a P.E.O. and Music Club member and has been president of both groups. She also enjoyed several bridge groups through the years and felt blessed to have many friends. She was an inactive member of the Hammond Henry Hospital Auxiliary. She was a charter member and served actively for 40 years.
She is survived by her son, Daniel (wife, Kay) who lives in California; their daughter, Michelle (Todd) Kennedy; and great-grandchildren, Silas and Willa of Connecticut, and Robin (Dave) Daines, of Paris, France. An honorary daughter is Joyce Eng Berg (Stephen) and their daughter, Stephanie. And there are many very dear and close friends who, through the years, became family to her. Preceding her in death was her husband, Dale; and infant son, Leonard Edwin.
Condolences may be expressed by visiting Lois' obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com














 



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