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Lois Marie (Buntman) Pabst

May 31, 2021 | 6 comments

Lois Marie (Buntman) Pabst, of Onalaska, Wisconsin passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on May 25, 2021.

Born July 21, 1933 in Menominee, Michigan to the late Harry Henry and Agnes (La Vallee) Buntman, she spent her childhood in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

After graduating from the St. Joseph Hospital x-ray technician program, she remained in Milwaukee, working many years at St. Michael Hospital. Her compassionate heart and the ready smile she was known for brought comfort to many during her career as a nuclear medicine technologist.

Lois and Frank were married on February 12, 1955 and spent the next 66 years of marriage dancing together. Throughout their shared life, they delighted in an expansive and active social circle wherever they went. The pair enjoyed hosting and attending parties, singing ‘round the piano, and being the first on the dance floor. Vacation time allowed them to embark on camping trips with friends and family, which they so enjoyed. Following a fruitful life in Milwaukee where they raised their 2 children, they retired to Florida and spent several years in Sarasota and Sebring before eventually rejoining family in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

When remembering Lois, family and close friends can attest to her extraordinary organizational skills and excellent cookie baking. They smile knowingly at her silly sense of humor, evidenced in funny jokes and comical cards, and won’t soon forget her warm, enveloping hugs. Those who knew her best say that she experienced life through a child-like lens; able to truly find joy in simple things such as playing piano, singing in choir, preparing a meal, and receiving mail from her great-grandchildren. Devoted to her Catholic faith and prayer life, she participated in many community and church volunteer organizations through the years, the embodiment of her generous spirit.

Lois is survived by her devoted husband, Franklin Pabst; children Michael (Maureen) Pabst; Susan (Pabst) Weirather; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Lois is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Buntman; infant daughters, Jean Marie and Catherine Mary; and son-in-law, Ted Weirather.

Now at peace with our Lord and Savior, Lois’ life will be celebrated with a funeral Mass on Friday, JULY 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick Church, 1031 Main Street, Onalaska, Wisconsin. Interment at the Diocese of La Crosse Catholic Cemetery. Luncheon to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to Viterbo School of Nursing, Sister Grace Clare Beznouz Nursing Scholarship fund by using the following link: https://www.viterbo.edu/advancement/giving-online

When using the link, under the designation tab select “Other”, and type in the Fund Name “Sister of Grace Claire Nursing Scholarship” in the box for “Other Designation”. You may then leave a note in the “Leave A Comment (optional)” box saying your donation is to be made “In Memory of Lois Pabst”.

Donations can also be sent via mail to: Viterbo University, ATTN: Sister Grace Clare Beznouz Nursing Scholarship Fund, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601. Lois’ family is most grateful to the staff of Eagle Crest North for their loving care, many of whom are Viterbo nursing students.



  1. Barbara Pabst Letter

    She was a very special aunt who will dearly be missed.

  2. Beverly Cummins

    Lois lived across the street from me in Sebring, FL. One day, she asked me to play golf and a group of us girls became the PBR Girls. Otherwise known for Pabst Blue Ribbon. A group of us girls still play golf to this day and we are still the PBR Girls. I will miss my yearly Christmas letter from Lois and know she will be missed by many.

  3. Barbara Klavoon

    I will miss my dear friend and our phone conversations. We both enjoyed our football. She Greenbay all the way and I the Bills. Rest in the Lord’s arms my friend

  4. Shirley DeSalvo

    I will miss my dear friend and next door neighbor and Bunco player and her wonderful hugs. We would email each other and from time to time call. Such a lively sweet lady. Hugs to Frank and family!

  5. Kay Ford

    She was the sweetest and I only wish I had gotten to spend more time with her. You will always hold a special place on my heart, Lois. Keeping Sue and Frank and all of her beloved family in my prayers.

  6. Joyce Miller

    Lois, Frank, Pat and Don Dors , and Glenn and I were friends for so many years. I will miss her so very much. We spent time together in Milwaukee, West Bend, and Florida. Such fun we had! My sympathy to Frank and their family. I will remember Lois and Frank in my prayers. I know the Lord will take care of Lois.
    Joyce Miller


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