Barnett Lois 1198 Lake Francis Lane Elysian MN 56284 (507)387-4146
Lois Barnett
Lois (Campbell) Barnett, died Friday, June 5th, 2009, at her Lake Francis home. The Barnett family will greet friends and loved ones for a visitation and lunch, on Saturday, June 13, 2009, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Mankato. A private family memorial will be held at Lake Francis at a later date. Memorials can be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, American Diabetes Association, ISJMHS Cancer Center, and ISJ-MHS Hospice Program. Lois Barnett was born October 1, 1924 in Mankato, the daughter of Arch and Abby (Weringa) Campbell. She attended Mankato public schools and graduated from Mankato High School in 1942. She was a contributing columnist to the Mankato High News and Editor in Chief of the 1942 Otaknam Year Book. She graduated on December 21, 1945 from the University of Minnesota School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, completing her degree in three and a half years. On December 23, 1945, she was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Barnett at Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato. She began her professional career working briefly for the Mankato Free Press. Her career was put on hold for the birth and early years of their four children. During this time, she was a charter member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school and serving as Superintendent. She was involved in establishing the Parent Teacher Association at the new Washington Elementary School. She served as the second President of the organization. For ten years, she was a volunteer and served on the board of directors for the Blue Earth County Red Cross. Lois was a Director for the Second District for the U.S. Census. She finished and submitted one of the countries first completed tabulations. She was twice elected to serve as a delegate for the Republican State Convention. She worked for eleven years at Willard Realty as one of the first women brokers in Mankato. In 1963, and until her death, she was CEO and, with Bob, co-owner of Barnett Incorporated. In 1984, they began operating as Barnett Photo Drop Off. The family offered photography and photo processing services for over 65 years. Lois and Bob were also members of the Hungry Hollow Ski and Tennis Club. The other members were Duke and Shirley Durfee, George and Nadine Sugden, Rich and Marion Lutes, Larry and Betsy Fowler, Brendan and Vernie McDonald and Dick and Barb Towner. There were weekly meetings for indoor and outdoor tennis and a yearly meeting in Colorado, Montana or Utah for skiing. Annual meetings were held at Cedar Lake at Aitkin Minnesota.Lois had a passion for tennis, playing weekly in Mankato and St. Peter. She played competitive league tennis for ten years at Valle del Oro Resort in Mesa, Arizona. At age 82, Lois won 87% of the league games she played, often against opponents 20 years younger. Lois was also passionate about fishing, with a lifetime of stories to numerous to detail here, reading, and cooking gourmet meals for family and friends. Lois was a woman with many talents and gifts. Above all, she loved and cared for Bob and her family. She is survived by her husband, Bob of Lake Francis, her son, Garry Barnett and wife Mary (North Mankato); her son, Brian Barnett and wife Karen (Lake Francis), their children Rob and fiancée, Rachel Brey and her daughter Sydney, Scott, and Sara; her son Martin Barnett and wife Joyce (Mankato), their children Mike Fleming and wife Jen, Katie Fleming, Molly, and Jacob; her daughter Elizabeth Hartzler and husband Kent (Elko), their children Kerstin, Alexis and fiancé Aaron Guetzlaff, Vanessa, and Hannah; her sister Nadene Pettengill and husband Roscoe (Rock Rapids, IA), their children Pete and wife Von, and Leslie; niece Dottie Renner and husband Pat, and niece Mary Sontag; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather Nelon Peterson. 

Lois Barnett

 

Today's services (6/13/2009)   Barnett, Lois, memorial celebration, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Mankato.