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Lois L. Stanko

Canton – Lois L. Stanko, 95, of Canton, passed away at 12:50 PM on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Graham Hospital. She was born on December 15, 1923 in Canton, IL to Glenn and Josephine (Eshelman) DeFord. She married Oliver W. Stanko on July 12, 1942 in Canton, he survives. Oliver and Lois celebrated their 76th anniversary in July of 2018.

Also surviving are four children, Joyce Stanko of Canton, Glenn (Jo Anne) Stanko of Champaign, Gene (Theresa) Stanko of Canton, and John (Pat) Stanko of Canton; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one sister, Joann Rusboldt of Michigan City, IN.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Doris Young.

Lois graduated from Canton High School in 1941. Lois became a member of First Baptist Church of Canton in October 1948, where she served on the Christian Education Board and Board of Deacons, was Secretary-Treasurer of the Golden Rule Class for 30 years, and was a member of the Gleaners Circle. Starting in 1961, she served as Den Mother for Cub Scouts for 5 years, was a member of John Dean PTA for many years, and was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Lois was dedicated to her family, and was a committed lifelong volunteer who lovingly helped many people.

Services will be held at 12 PM noon on Monday, January 28, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Canton, where a visitation will be held from 11 AM-12 PM noon. Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate. Burial will follow the services at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels in Canton or First Baptist Church of Canton Capital Campaign. Checks for Meals on Wheels should be made out to Meals on Wheels, and may be sent to Mary Etta Scott, 546 N. 9th Avenue, Canton, IL 61520. Checks for the First Baptist Church of Canton may be sent to 301 East Elm Street, Canton, IL 61520. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Kayma Duncan

    Reply January 22, 2019 3:51 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss John.

  • Marcie Anderson-Myers

    Reply January 22, 2019 3:54 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. My sisters and I spent lots of time at your house and we were always welcome. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bob & Mary McGarrah

    Reply January 22, 2019 5:03 pm

    John and Pat, please know we are both thinking of you and your family upon the loss of your mother.

  • Bob and Denise Clothier

    Reply January 22, 2019 5:40 pm

    John and family. So sorry to hear. You are in our prayers.

  • Steve Curry

    Reply January 22, 2019 6:59 pm

    Gene, Joyce, Glenn, John. Many great, great memories of your mother, a true saint. Prayers for all of you.

  • Dee Doubet

    Reply January 22, 2019 7:56 pm

    Gene, John & family — Denny and I were so sorry to learn of your mother’s death. It is never easy to lose your mother. You are in our hearts and prayers and we wish we could be there with you at this difficult time. Denny & Dee Doubet

  • Judy and Ray Brown

    Reply January 22, 2019 8:57 pm

    So sorry to the Stanko family with the passing of Lois. She was a special lady and will be missed by many.

  • Howard(Danny)Soper

    Reply January 23, 2019 4:29 am

    To Ollie and families:My sincere thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time of loss.God bless all of you.Howard(Danny)Soper

  • Tom and Karla (Stanko) Munson

    Reply January 23, 2019 10:35 am

    Uncle Oliver, Joyce, Glenn, Gene and John,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Lois. Wish we could attend her funeral, but living in AK makes that difficult.
    I remember, as a child, that Aunt Lois gave the biggest hugs and showed such gracious hospitality. Until just a few years ago, she faithfully sent us birthday, anniversary, and Christmas cards-always with a lovely letter inside. I still have some of her letters. Aunt Lois was truly an example of the woman in Proverbs 31, and her memory is a blessing.

  • Nancy Danner Marlow

    Reply January 23, 2019 1:53 pm

    Lois was such a wonderful friend to my mother. Love and prayers for all of you.

  • Sandy & Ray Moshier

    Reply January 24, 2019 7:59 am

    Gene and family. So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Praying for comfort for everyone.

  • Bill & Mary Rusboldt

    Reply January 24, 2019 8:57 pm

    Uncle Ollie, Joyce, Glenn, Gene & John. So sorry to hear of Aunt Lois passing. She was always so caring & calming. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  • Bruce & Judy Deamude (Georgetown ON)

    Reply January 25, 2019 11:18 am

    Family of Mrs. Lois Stanko

    Our sincere condolences in the passing of Lois.
    Lois is in the presence of her Lord and Savior now.
    Special Lady who gave of her gifts, talents and time to serve her Lord, her family and community.
    May the words of the 23rd Psalm comfort you all as you remember and celebrate the life of a warm, gentle and gracious Lady.
    We shall remember her kind and always welcoming smile.

  • Carl Strauch

    Reply January 25, 2019 6:38 pm

    Gene, John, Glen, Joyce, and Ollie-I was sorry to hear of Lois’s passing. I certainly have wonderful memories of Cub Scout meetings at your house (and of Ollie as Scoutmaster), as well as she did at church. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Carl Strauch

  • Toni and Joe Ginger

    Reply January 26, 2019 6:05 am

    We send our deepest sympathy to the family of Lois. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! May you find comfort in your many beautiful memories of her and in the love and support of your family and friends. God bless you all and keep you in his care!

  • Carl Strauch

    Reply January 26, 2019 7:18 am

    Gene, John, Glenn, Joyce, and Ollie-I was sad to read of Lois’s passing. I have wonderful memories of Cub Scout den meetings at your house ( and of Ollie as scoutmaster), as well as all of her work at church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Carl Strauch

  • Mary (Beets) Visel

    Reply January 26, 2019 4:32 pm

    Dear Ollie, Gene, John, Glenn and Joyce – We extend our deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your dear wife Lois and Mother, and our cousin! She was a beautiful woman and always exuded such calm, peace, and special caring! We fondly remember our times together, especially all of the delicious meals we shared. May you all find comfort in the precious memories you have! Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!
    With our deepest sympathy, Mary (Beets) Visel and Melba (Beets) Snow and families

  • Ann & Larry Barclay

    Reply January 27, 2019 8:33 pm

    So sorry to hear of Lois’s passing. She was always such a kind and caring person. Always enjoyed her beautifully handwritten Christmas letters. She was a very special cousin. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dan & Lori Oaks

    Reply January 28, 2019 7:55 am

    So sorry for you and your families loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sharon Bosserman

    Reply February 2, 2019 4:56 pm

    Gene and Theresa, My sympathies! What a blessing our parents can be and how difficult to lose them! May God give you comfort!
    Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman

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