November 30, 1924 – April 19, 2014
Lois Storke, age 89, died in Reno Saturday, April 19 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Lois was born to Theresa (Loeffler) and Paul Knudsen in Santa Barbara, California on November 30, 1924. Her
younger years were spent in Southern California where she graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario, California then attended Woodbury Business School in Los Angeles. Lois met Roy Storke at the Genoa Candy Dance and was married in 1944. The city girl became a farm wife in Carson Valley, helping run Storke Dairy in centerville for over 50 years. She is survived by her two children : Bob Storke and Kathy Storke Peltier; grandchildren Mike Storke, Bobbie Storke Holcomb (Jeff), grandchildren Lucas, Tyler, and Ellie; Chris Peltier, Elise Peltier (Ian) and grandson, Elliot Baines. Sister in law, Ruth Dressler, nephew Ken Dressler and niece Annette Swainston (Harry). She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy (Husband) and Barbara Storke (daughter in law), Dave Peltier (son in law), and close friend Bill Schwake. Lois worked for Doughlas County in the Extension Service, as a Deputy Sheriff/Secretary and as a Legal Secretary for the District Attorney’s Office, retiring in 1982. She was a charter member of Carson Valley Literary, Town and Country Homemakers and Douglas County Republican Women. Lois was past president of the Nevada State Legal Secretaries, and Friends of the Library. She held positions with the Republican Party in Douglas County and with the State Central Committee. She helped open the first swimming pool as part of the East Fork Swimming Pool District. she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Lois had a zest for life and cultivated many close relationships. Along with travel, bridge games and parties, she was a lifetime member, officer and trustee of the Carson Valley Historical Society and devoted many volunteer hours to opening the High School Museum. She was a docent of the Genoa Museum. She was honored as “Woman of the Year” by the Historical Society in 2001.
In lieu of flowers donations, in her memory, may be sent to Doughlas County Historical Society or Trinity Lutheran Church Daycare. Her Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Monday at 2pm with graveside service to follow and reception back at the church. The family thanks the Jose Chan family for their loving care, the Merrill Gardens staff, Dr. Marirose Cutillar along with the St. Mary’s Emergency and ICU staff. She is in the care of Walton’s Funerals and Cremations.