Lois (Tlougan) Carter- Post Bulletin

Lois Marie (Tlougan) Carter, 97, of Plainview MN died Friday, January 13 at the Green Prairie Rehabilitation Center. Lois Marie Mussell was born on May 21, 1925 at home in Plainview Township, Wabasha County, Minnesota to Adolph and Blanche (Grieve) Mussell. She was born the fifth of nine children. She attended French Country School in Plainview Township. She was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview. She graduated from Plainview High School in 1942. As a young adult, she worked at the Tip Top Café. On May 25, 1946, she married Kenneth John Tlougan.

Together they ran a dairy farm in Wabasha County and raised eight children.

Lois was devoted to her husband, children and God. For about thirty years, she baked cookies, biscuits, rolls and cakes every week and prepared three meals a day for her family. She and Kenneth made sure the family went to Mass each week, beginning with baths and clean clothes on Saturday night. During this time she was also active in the Catholic Church of St. Aloysius on Elba: teaching catechism, cleaning, cooking, serving funeral meals and sewing quilts for Christian mission projects. She served as the leader of the Woodland Gopher’s 4-H Club, teaching her children and the children in her neighborhood gardening, cooking, crafts, and sewing. It was clear that her expectations of others were high, but she was never strict. She spent years volunteering behind the scenes to care for others, as did many women of her day.

Lois also had a more public life as her children grew older. For ten years she worked at the Red Owl Grocery Store, later renamed Lannings. After she retired from dairy farming, she and Kenneth moved to Woodland Estates in Elgin. They affiliated with St. Joachim Catholic Church in Plainview, where Lois continued to serve her congregation. Back home, their basement became a wood workshop where they both made toys, Barbie doll houses, and furniture for their grandchildren. Later she was also employed as a hostess at Clayt’s Supper Club. Her quick wit and high energy were always fun for her and those around her.

When Kenneth was overtaken by Alzheimer’s, Lois became his primary caregiver. They had been together for 51 years when he died in 1997. After his death, Lois reconnected with a high school suitor, Robert (Bob) Carter, and married soon after. Together they travelled, photographed and collected clocks, dolls and colorful glassware. After Bob’s death in 2006, Lois turned to quilting and dancing to fill her time. She created a full-size quilt for each of her twenty-seven grandchildren when they graduated from high school. On a weekly basis, she traveled to nearby clubs to enjoy live music and dancing.

In her 80’s she worked on completing items on her bucket list. She rode a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with her son Ben. She thoroughly enjoyed competing in the 2011 Ms. Minnesota contest and rode a float at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. That same year, she floated in a hot air balloon with her boyfriend Bill and their daughter Carol. In 2012, she helped her bowling team win the championship by achieving career-high scores. She once convinced a road worker to hoist her to the maximum height in his truck-mounted crane. She was 84 years old. And of course she kept dancing. She was a woman who lived life to the fullest.

At the age of 91, due to a fall and a broken leg, she began to slow down. At home she continued to sew, read, pray, do puzzles and play cards. It was important to her to keep her mind active when her body wasn’t coping.

Lois is survived by sons Ben (Betty) Tlougan, Kevin (Michele) Tlougan, Owen (Donna) Tlougan, Kenneth Tlougan, Jr., all of Plainview and Greg Tlougan of Wykoff, MN, and daughters Alia Tlougan of Sedona, AZ , Carol Marshman and Gwen (Tim) Ahern of Plainview. Other survivors include her brother Ade (Gerrie) Mussell of Savage, MN, and many nieces and nephews. She also has 27 surviving grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Kenneth Tlougan (1997) and Robert Carter (2006), her parents Blanche and Adolph Mussell, her siblings and their spouse Byrl Mussell.

Lawrence (Dorothy) Mussell, Ralph (Fern and Marvel) Mussell, Roy (Ruth) Mussell, Bernice (Martin) Russert, Marjorie (Joe) Struck, and a grandson, Jason Kenneth Tlougan.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Green Prairie Rehabilitation Center and the staff at the Mayo Clinic Hospice for their kindness, caring and expertise during Lois’ final chapter. Thank you also to the many friends and family who have called or visited you over the past eight months.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Plainview with Monsignor Thomas Melvin officiating. The viewing will be on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 5-8 p.m. at the Schad and Zabel Funeral Home, 57 Third St. SW, Plainview. Friends and family can also stop by at the church on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. for the service.

Lunch follows.

The Schad & Zabel funeral home in Plainview will help you with the preparations.


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