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Lois Elizabeth Hatch

Lois Elizabeth Hatch

Lois Elizabeth Hatch,98, died on May 14, 2018, in La Crosse. She was born August 17, 1919, to Leman and Flora (Larsen) Hatch in rural St. Croix County, Wisconsin, near the village of Boardman. She attended the Boardman School through eighth grade and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1937. She graduated from U.W. River Falls (then River Falls State Teachers' College) and attained an MA degree from Denver University, Denver, Colorado. Lois was an elementary teacher, working for a few years in Bloomer, Nekoosa, and Shawano before coming to La Crosse in 1950. She taught at Franklin and Hamilton Schools before being assigned to the new Harry Spence School in 1953. She retired from teaching there in 1983. Lois liked to travel and enjoyed several wonderful tours including trips to Canada, Alaska, parts of Europe, and Asia. After retirement, she enjoyed attending one or two Elderhostel weeks each summer. She was an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the La Crosse County Historical Society, the Humane Society, the La Crosse Retired Educators, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Coulee Rock Club. After retirement, she enjoyed doing volunteer work at the La Crosse Public Library and also delivered Mobile Meals for 14 years. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Howard and his wife, Ophelia, a sister, Eleanor and her husband, Ken, brother-in-law John Adcock, and a nephew, David. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Adcock, of Lewistown, Montana, nieces Peggy Traver, Jill Sadler, Julie Mehringer and Carol Thornhill, one nephew, John Adcock, four great nieces, one great nephew, one great-great niece and one great-great nephew. There will be a private service when Lois is buried with her parents in the New Richmond, Wisconsin, cemetery. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent at