Lois V. Sieben, 96, of Geneseo, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at her home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at the First Congregational Church, Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, Geneseo or Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.
She was born on April 10, 1916, in Colman, S.D., the daughter of the Rev. Guy and Clara (Williamson) Wilkinson. The family later moved from Mitchell, S.D. to Wisconsin where her father held pastorates in various towns. She graduated from Edgerton High School, Wisconsin. She was given an organ scholarship at auditions at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and where she majored in organ (gave three major recitals) and minored in piano. She received her degree in music performance.
On June 20, 1949, she married Dale Sieben, her college sweetheart, in Madison, Wis. Her father escorted her down the aisle and then performed the marriage ritual, assisted by the minister of the church where she had been organist and choir director. Through many years, she was a church organist in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Illinois — sometimes serving also as choir director. Many weddings and funerals were included in the playing and much accompanying. Also, through many years she taught piano and organ. Her students were always her "kids" and numbered in the hundreds.
After one and a half years at the home office of an electrical engineering firm in Milwaukee, Dale's company sent him to their New York City office. The family lived in New Jersey. Later, Dale decided to return to the family farm in Geneseo where he became a happy and successful farmer as well as a leader in town activities. Lois was active in town and church activities — especially with the children — a member of the original Henry County Association for the Crippled, as it was called then, and was head of the Geneseo Foster Parents group, who, in lieu of sending local Christmas greetings, were able to support up to seven needy children for many years.
She was a P.E.O. and Music Club member and has been president of both groups. She also enjoyed several bridge groups through the years and felt blessed to have many friends. She was an inactive member of the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary. She was a charter member and served actively for 40 years.
Survivors include her son and spouse, Daniel and Kay of California; granddaughter and spouse, Michelle and Todd Kennedy; great grandchildren, Silas and Willa of Connecticut; granddaughter and spouse, Robin and Dave Daines of Paris, France; an honorary daughter, Joyce Eng Berg (Stephen) and their daughter, Stephanie; and there are many very dear and close friends who, through the years, became family to her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale and infant son, Leonard Edwin.