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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • OBITUARY: Lois (Nordlum) Solheim

  • Raised in Crookston, she passed away Dec. 1, 2012.
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  • In Memory of Lois Jean Solheim
    June 17, 1932 - December 1, 2012
    Lois Jean (Nordlum) Solheim was born in Pontiac, Michigan on June 17, 1932. Though she was born in Michigan, she was raised in Crookston, Minnesota in a family of nine children. Her siblings include: Kermit, Laurie, Betty, Margie, Bill and Jerry.
    Lois started working at an early age. At 12 she began working for her Dad at a car dealership. She was in charge of doing all of the bookkeeping. Lois then went to work for a beet plant where she was in charge of doing the bookkeeping and payroll. While working here, she made her famous 5 lb. fudge and would give it out to the employees of the beet plant.
    In 1957, Lois married Truman Solheim. Together they had two children: Cheryl and Todd. Lois always told stories of the Dairy Queen that they owned in Minnesota and how Cheryl and Todd would sit on the counter and play with the money. From a young age, Lois taught her children the value of a dollar.
    In 1966, Lois and her family moved to Portland, Oregon to better themselves. She was a stay at home mom until Cheryl and Todd were old enough to stay on their own. Lois began working at A-Boy Plumbing and Electric doing the bookkeeping for 5 different stores. She also worked for H&R Block doing taxes. Lois always said that if she could have any job that she wanted she would have been an attorney.
    Lois had many hobbies. She was an avid reader, enjoyed sewing and crocheting. From a young age, Lois loved music. She was an individual that stayed current with up and coming artists. The music that she listened to included anything from Lady Gaga to Steven Tyler and from Janice Joplin to Kid Rock. Not only did she love music, but she also had a love and passion for cooking. Anytime someone would come over to her house to visit they would try one of her latest creations. Lois told stories about how she had her children and grandchildren in the kitchen cooking with her. Her daughter, Cheryl, and her were known for their lefse while her son, Todd, and her perfected recipes for smoked salmon. When her grandchildren were young they would sit around the table and eat fresh crab together. Whenever her grandchildren were over they would always make a lavish meal together.
    Lois was not only a bookkeeper and a connoisseur of music and cooking, but she was a teacher. She taught her family many important life lessons that they will continue to use and teach their families. Her stories and memories will not be forgotten.
    Lois is survived by her husband of 55 years: Truman; Children: Cheryl and Todd; sister: Margie Olsen; brothers: Jerry & William Nordlum; Granddaughters: Julianne & Caitlynn Solheim.
    Page 2 of 2 - Private interment at Willamette National Cemetery.
    Online registry at www.gatewaylittlechapel.com or obits.dignitymemorial.com.
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