Lois Christine Sasseen, 88, of Fairfield, IA passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Jefferson County Health Center. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16 at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield, IA. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. A private family burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the service. Memorial contributions in Lois? honor can be made to the Fairfield Senior Citizens Center or the American Parkinson Disease Association and can be sent to 902 E. Fillmore Ave. Fairfield, IA. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Lois Christine Sasseen was born June 24, 1929 in Fairfield, IA to Franklin and Geneva Davison Bell. She grew up in the Lockridge area graduating from Lockridge High School with the class of 1947. From an early age Lois was a gifted seamstress, which included making the families clothes and winning first place for best dressed family in Fairfield?s Centennial Celebration. It was a skill that would develop throughout her life and would be combined with her artistic talents to create wonderful cross-stitch pictures, including those done of family photos. She was an avid diary keeper of daily life events for most of her life. On September 22, 1951 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA, she married the love of her life, Robert Sasseen. The two began their life together in Lockridge, living there for five years before moving to Fairfield in 1956. Lois worked for the Lockridge Times Printing Company, as an administrative assistant for the First Christian Church in Fairfield, and eventually retired from the USDA Farmers Home Administration. With retirement came the opportunity for Lois and Robert to spend time sharing their love for camping. They were members of the National Campers and Hikers Association, as well as the Fairfield ?Weakenders? and enjoyed traveling south for the winters. Lois was also a past member of the Eastern Star and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed lunches with the Red Hat lady?s, playing cards and Bingo at the Senior Citizen Center and always looked forward to her Friday nights spent playing cards with her South Gate friends. She was a big fan of Iowa and Iowa State men?s basketball, and during baseball season she was a St. Louis Cardinals cheerleader. She was skilled in the kitchen, and was known for her homemade pies and casseroles, as well as her love of spicy food. Her family was her world. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Robert ?Bob? Sasseen (2015); one brother, Glen Bell and one sister, Shirley Luzadder.
Left to share her story are her daughters, Cindy (Larry) Rippeyof Fairfield, IA and Connie Sasseen Bever of West Des Moines, IA; two granddaughters, Cari (Cody) Manley of Eldon, IA and Casie (Adam) Bergman of West Des Moines, IA; two grandsons, Justin Bever of New Virginia, IA and Brandon Bever of West Des Moines; three great grandchildren, Garrett Porter, Ellasyn and Jack Bergman; two step-grandchildren and three step great grandchildren; five brothers, Keith (Rose) Bell, Raymond (Mary Jo) Bell, Frank (Nancy) Bell, Rodger (Sally) Bell, Tom (Sherrie) Bell, and Terry (Pat) Bell, and one sister-in-law, Marilyn (Glen) Bell, as well as many extended family and friends.
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