Lois Genevieve (Shouse) Matzner


October 29, 1915 - March 1, 2009


Lois Genevieve (Shouse) Matzner, 93, of Savoy, Ill., and formerly of Charleston, Ill., passed at the Carle Arbours Nursing Home in Savoy on Sunday, March 1, 2009, after a long period of declining health.


Services honoring and celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Ave. in Champaign, the Rev. Donna Hacker Smith officiating.  Visitation will be held at 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 6, 2009 at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, Illinois and 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the church.  Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 3:00 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stickney, SD.  Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. Paul’s Cemetery near the town. 


Surviving family members include three children, Douglas Matzner and his wife, Diana Steele, of Champaign, Ill., Carol Stewart of Springfield, Ill., and Kenneth Matzner and his wife, Anne Campbell, of Montpelier, Vt.; three grandchildren, John Stewart of Springfield, Ill., Jeff Stewart and his wife, Lingling, of Dayton, Ohio, and Connie Jagels and her husband, Michael, of Springfield, Ill.; five great-grandchildren, Kyra Jagels, Darcy Jagels, Kaeli Stewart, Alexander Stewart, and Kaitlyn Stewart; a brother, Burdette Shouse of Bloomington, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews and their families. Lois was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years, her parents, and her brother Wendel Shouse.


Lois was born in White Lake, S.D., on October 29, 1915, the daughter of Willis and Esther (Gunderson) Shouse. Lois graduated from the University of South Dakota, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1937 and her Masters in Music in 1940. She then taught choral music at St. Mary’s Indian School in Springfield, S.D., and piano at Southern Normal School and in the public schools in Watertown, S.D.


On February 2, 1944 while he was on leave from active duty in the U.S. Army, she was united in marriage to Gerhard (“Gerry”) Carl Matzner at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Stickney, S.D. Although she taught music at the All Saints Girl’s School in Sioux Falls, S.D., worked as a receptionist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (MN), and had a part-time receptionist position at St. John’s Hospital in New York City, she became a full-time mother after the birth of her son Kenneth and she remained a homemaker for the rest of her life, raising three children and supporting Gerry’s academic career as a professor at Rutgers University and at Eastern Illinois University.


Lois was very committed to her church involvements all through her life.  In recent years she served the Lutheran Braille Workers, and she was active in the Ladies’ Aid and the Young-at-Heart at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charleston.  She loved music and continued playing her organ until failing eyesight and arthritis made it too difficult. In their retirement years she and Gerry also enjoyed world travel to such places as Israel and Alaska.


Lois was often described as “gracious,” “loving,” and “a sweetheart.”  In her last years she was quite frail and would often lament “I feel so useless because I can’t do anything for anybody.” 


In accordance with her wishes, Lois’s family requests that memorial gifts in her honor be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or to the Gerhard and Lois Matzner Global Church Leaders Scholarship Fund.  Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or during the services or mailed to the Morgan Memorial Home at 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, IL 61874.



To Be Announced


Wednesday, March 11, 2009
3:00 PM
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
Stickney, South Dakota


Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery
Stickney, South Dakota

Posted by Suzetta on October 8, 2012
Maybe it is part of the plan, but it seems too much of a risk for this front office. First, they acierqud Zaun before the August 15th deadline, but there was no guarantee he'd be a type-B free agent(I believe he was the last one to make that cut). And what if he or Shouse accepted arbitration(possible handshake deals aside)? And like you said, there's the obvious possibility of losing draft picks, something I don't think the Rays can afford, even given the surplus.And besides all that, I think the draft strategy you outlined is kind of a poor one, because it handicaps their budget in the later rounds. By having five or six picks in the top 2 rounds, I don't expect them to take as many over-slot guys in rounds 3-10(Glaesmann, Bailey, Malm, James) in 2010 as they did in 2009, which means more slot and under-slot guys.I think the Rays did okay for themselves in the 2009 draft in a vacuum. They got some good talent. But I do think they handcuffed themselves for the 2010 draft unless they plan on really opening the checkbook. And considering it was a difference of $170,000 that kept them from signing 20th rounder Dylan Floro(and probably a comparable amount on 15th rounder Pierce Johnson), I don't know if that's a realistic expectation.
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Posted by Tom and Barb on March 9, 2009
I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Lois. It is hard to lose someone we love. Jesus holds out a wonderful promise for us. Please read John 11:20-27. I think this will give you hope and comfort.
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