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Lois Ilene (Bertelsen) Chavez
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Obituary for Lois Ilene (Bertelsen) Chavez

Lois Ilene (Bertelsen) Chavez

Lois Ilene (Bertelsen) Chavez, 76, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017.
She was born September 12, 1941 in Guthrie Center, IA to Emmett and Gladys (Anderson) Benton.
Lois married Gordon Leroy Bertelsen March 25, 1962. She later married Jesse C. Chavez February 14, 1988, he preceded her in death August 4, 2016.
She completed her LPN at Iowa Western Community College in 1979 and completed her BSN from Excelsior College, Albany, NY. Lois worked many years as a nurse in St. Joseph including MMC, SJSH, Heartland Health, Kendallwood, Carriage Square and Cameron Hospital.
Lois was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.
She loved caring for her patients, spending time with her family and cooking for them, as well as her co-workers. Lois loved her rose garden.
Lois was also preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Ken Larsen; brother, Roger Benton.
Survivors include children, Arnie Bertelsen, Annette Bertelsen, and Scott Bertelsen (Stacy); grandchildren, Lauren Bertelsen, Dalton Edwards, Christon and Michelle Phroper, Erica Ulmer, Noah and Ian Hitterdal, and Zoe Yardley; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Hick.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to The American Heart Association. Online guest book and obituary at

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Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory

5005 Frederick Blvd
St. Joseph , Missouri 64506





1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory

5005 Frederick Blvd
St. Joseph , Missouri 64506

Cemetery Details


Mount Olivet Cemetery

St. Joseph, MO

Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association


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