WELLMAN - Lois Eileen Plank was born April 26, 1954 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Perry M. and Mabel (Miller) Bontrager. She graduated from Iowa Mennonite School in 1972 and attended Rosedale Bible Institute. On February 1, 1975 Lois was united in marriage to Marc Plank at the East Union Mennonite Church in rural Kalona. They lived in Illinois and Florida, but lived the majority of their married life in Wellman. Lois was a Customer Service Representative at Federation Bank in Wellman. She was a member of the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church where she served on many committees. She served on the Wellman Cooperative Telephone Board and volunteered at the Crowded Closet. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. Lois passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019, at her home in Wellman following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 65 years.
Lois is survived by her husband Marc of Wellman; a son, Justin (Brenda) Plank of Greenwood, Delaware; 2 daughters: Allyce (Chris) Bender of Washington, Malerie Plank of Wellman; 4 grandchildren: Eva and Elena Bender, Waylon and Wynston Plank; 2 sisters: Miriam (Dave) Miller of Riverside, Ruth (Paul) Hershberger of Kalona; and 3 brothers: Dan Bontrager of Iowa City, Dave (Mary) Bontrager of Iowa City, and Steve (Peggy) Bontrager of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Eliza Bender, and a sister-in-law Gloria Bontrager.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in rural Kalona. Pastor Don Patterson will officiate. Burial will be in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona where the family will greet friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A memorial fund has been established for Iowa City Hospice and The Crowded Closet.