Lois Mae Rew


May 17, 1942 - February 5, 2016



Lois Mae Rew was born on May 17, 1942, on the family farm, near Mt. Vernon, SD.  She was the 9th of 10 children to be born to Walter and Mary (Schoenfelder) Miiller.

Lois’s strong will became evident at a young age, following her mother’s independent spirit and moving to Mitchell, when only 16 yrs. of age and establishing herself as a fixture of the Newberry’s Drug Store counter and living in an apartment above the store. 

Lois first married in 1959 and began raising her family of five and selling Avon in her spare time.    In 1972, the family moved to Armour, SD where she and her first husband owned and operated the local Chevrolet dealership.  Lois’s determination shown through once again as she took accounting  classes at night in Mitchell to broaden her education to allow her to run the financial side of the dealership.

In 1985, Lois and the kids moved to Mitchell, SD where she became the purchasing agent for Dakota Pork.  Lois married Arthur Rew, Sr. on December 20, 1986.   Art and Lois spent their time traveling to endless sporting events and creating the ideal lakeside home with the most beautiful lawns and gardens. Lois loved to garden, decorate and spend time with her family and grandkids.  She was the happiest when she could drag Art (or anyone available) outside for 10 hours working non-stop on their over six huge flower beds and rolling lawns. Lois cared deeply for her family and always worried about their well-being.  Lois was described by many as the strongest matriarch that they have ever met.

Over the years Lois taught catechism, volunteered as a Cub Scout Den Leader and was a member of the Community Club in Armour.  She was also a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Red Hatters Society, and local card clubs for years in Mitchell.

Lois is survived by her loving husband of twenty-nine years, Art Rew, Sr.;  her four children and their families:  Greg Nolz, (children: Zach, Nikki & Ashleigh), Omaha, NE, Sandra Johnston, (children: Kelsey & Allison), Omaha, NE, Melissa (Craig) Stricherz, (children: Sydney & Brendan), Omaha, NE, James (Jessica) Nolz, (children: Olivia & Sam), Brandon, SD;  step-children:   Kris (Mark) Benzel, Nashville, TN, Janine (Craig) Werling, (children: Emma, Hanna & Grant), Watertown, SD, Art (Audra) Rew, (children: Amelia & Ashton), Mitchell, SD, Dan (Brenda) Rew, (children: Elle & Isaac), Mitchell, SD; her first husband, Bernard Nolz, Mitchell, SD; sister, Janie Schoenfelder, Mitchell, SD; two brothers, Aldred (Anna Mae) Miiller, Phoenix, AZ, Ivan (Theresa) Miiller, Phoenix, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Lois was preceded in death by an infant son, Richard Nolz; granddaughter, Brittany Nolz; son-in-law, Jeff Johnston; her parents; four brothers: Wallace, Vilas, Lloyd and an infant brother and sisters: Doris Carlson and Mineriva Hohn.



Monday, February 8, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, February 9, 2016
10:30 AM
Saint Mary's Episcopal Church
214 West 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on February 9, 2016
Prayers and our heartfelt sympathy coming your way in the loss of Lois this week. Sorry we cannot be there to be with you all these days. Pensacola Beach, FL
Posted by Ramona Pavlin on February 8, 2016
May she rest in peace - keeping all of her family in our thoughts & prayers!!
Posted by Rhonda Nolz Erickson on February 8, 2016
I was sadden to hear of Aunt Lois' passing. She had a strong spirit and held a special place in my heart. She will be in my prayers.
Posted by Danielle (Nolz) Baumgartner on February 8, 2016
My sympathies to Art, Greg, Sandy, Missy, Jim & families. Aunt Lois will forever a hold a piece of my heart. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all in the days to come. Bismarck, ND
Posted by Fran &valerie Nolz on February 7, 2016
Our sympathy to the Rew and Nolzs' families are prayers and thoughts are with you all. Gold canyon Az.
Posted by James & Trina Kropenske on February 7, 2016
Our condolences to the Rew family. Our prayers are with you.
James & Trina Kropenske
Frisco, TX
Posted by Dawn Sommer and Mark Loneman on February 6, 2016
To Greg, Sandy, Missy, and Jim - our thoughts are with you as you celebrate your mom's life and mourn her loss. You have our heartfelt sympathy.
Posted by Anna Mae Miiller on February 6, 2016
Art and family, our deepest condolences to you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We are not able to attend her farewell. She suffered so much and is now at peace. Alderd Miiller family.
Posted by Jackie (Clark) Christiansen on February 6, 2016
Art and family, My deepest condolences to all of you. Lois was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed working with her in the kitchen of St. Mary's. She was a very gracious and loving, fun person. May she rest in the loving arms of Jesus
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