Lois A. Tallman, age 80, of Isanti died August 27, 2012 at GracePointe Crossing Gables East. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in East Bethel with Rev. Steve Melander officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Friday, August 31st at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Athens Lutheran Cemetery.
Lois Ann Tallman was born December 14, 1931 in Gilman, Wisconsin to John and Gertrude (Shookman) Palmer. She attended Polly Grade School at Polly, Wisconsin, Gilman High School at Gilman, Wisconsin and the Taylor County Normal School at Medford, Wisconsin. In 1951 Lois earned her teaching certificate. She began teaching in a country school with grades 1 – 8 in one room located in Taylor County, Wisconsin. Lois soon found out that teaching in a country school would not only include teaching. She had to be the fire builder, janitor, playground supervisor, take care of minor injuries and a care giver for her students. On July 12, 1952 she married Glen L. Tallman and moved to Minneapolis and Lois was employed at the University of Minnesota as a secretary. They moved to a small farm near Bethel in Isanti County in 1956 where she was still presently living. They raised two daughters, Patti Ann (Nelson) Tallman and Peggy Lynn (Peterson) Tallman. She worked for the St. Francis School District as a secretary from 1969 – 1993. Lois was one of the co-founders of the Lucky-Tri-Ats 4H club. She was a 4H leader for several years and enjoyed working with the young people. Lois also took on the duties of the 4H food stand supervisor during the Isanti County Fair for a few years. She ordered all the food and made sure everything ran on schedule. A few things Lois really enjoyed doing was gardening, bird watching, reading, music, crossword puzzles, playing scrabble, crocheting afghans and cross stitch.
Lois Tallman died August 27, 2012 at GracePointe Crossing Gables East at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 13 days. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gertrude Palmer; brother, John Franklin Palmer; husband, Glen Tallman; daughter, Patti Nelson.
She is survived by daughter, Peggy (Phil) Peterson of Isanti; son-in-law, Ernie Nelson of Isanti; grandchildren, Jeremy (Jennifer) Nelson of Milaca, Bryan (Jacqueline) Nelson of Zimmerman, Amy Nelson of Isanti, Lyndsie Peterson of Isanti and Caitlyn Peterson of Isanti; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Owen Nelson of Zimmerman; brother, Alfred (Kathleen) Palmer of Medford, Wisconsin; and by many other relatives and friends.