Lois Elaine Sawatzky, 91, of St. James, died on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James.

Lois Elaine Sawatzky, 91, of St. James, died on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Martin Lopahs officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be Wednesday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church one hour before services on Thursday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

Lois was born Sept. 27, 1925 to Ubbe and Julia (Lunz) Hinrichs. She was a lifelong resident of St. James and graduated from St. James High School in 1943. After high school, she worked at the Butterfield bank as a teller and bookkeeper. She was united in marriage to Paul Sawatzky on June 7, 1946. She and Paul farmed for many years in Nelson Township. Lois was a member of the Blue Ribbon 4-H club in her youth and was active with her children in the Golden Gleaners club. She also enjoyed sewing, oil painting, ceramics, fishing, golfing, bowling and dancing. She was active in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Extension Club 28, the Lois Club and many other local groups over the years.

She is survived by her children: Patricia (Charles) Holte of Colorado Springs, Colo., Richard (Sandra) Sawatzky of North Mankato, Peggy (Patrick) Warner of Rosemount, and Larry Sawatzky of New Field, N.Y.; grandchildren: Pamela, Taber, Ryan, Jared, Elaine, Zachary, Jessica and Jordan; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul; parents; grandchild, Danielle Sawatzky; and sisters: Vera, Ruth and Maxine; and brother, Roger.