Lois Ruth Jarl was born to Emil and Eleanor Jarl (Hahn) May 16, 1943, in Chicago,IL. After Emil’s
tragic death in 1947, Eleanor and Lois moved to Des Plaines, IL. Lois graduated from Maine West High
School in 1961. In 1965, Lois graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL with a BA in
Special Education. After teaching in Brewster, NY for two years, Lois was awarded a full fellowship to
earn her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Minnesota in
There, she met the love of her life, Gerald Pardun, whom she married on Dec. 21, 1968. Hired by Robbinsdale Public Schools, Lois became Minnesota’s first Birth to Age Six, Early Childhood Special Education teacher, even student teaching for herself! In 1973 Lois and Jerry welcomed daughter Kirsten and in 1976, her brother, Guy.
The family split their time between Cottagewood in Deephaven, Minn., and Lake 26 in Danbury. They were active members of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Deephaven, where they made lifelong friendships. Lois volunteered in a variety of ways with church youth. A devoted mother to her children and their friends, she found the best in everyone and always had time to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and a hug to make it all better! She exuded warmth and love and made all feel welcome and special.
An exceptionally talented teacher and a tireless advocate for, and champion of, those differently abled, Lois touched countless students’ and parents’ lives as she empowered her students to reach far beyond their potential. She especially loved her students with Down syndrome and made great strides in expanding ideas of capability and educational expectations for those with it.
Upon her retirement in 1998, Lois and Jerry moved to Danbury permanently, spending most Christmases with the family in Mazatlan, MX and winters in South Padre Island, TX. Lois also enjoyed frequent travel with sister-in-law, Carol. Lois’ greatest passion and joy was her family! Whether hatching monarch butterflies, collecting shark teeth, riding Disney rollercoasters, reading Uncle Wiggly, nursing sick tummies, teaching VBS, traveling any and everywhere, cheering for soccer, hunting, riding, theatre and dance, hatching chicks, creating incredible Christmas ornaments or laughing at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre productions for which she always bought the grandkids season passes, beloved ‘Nana’ was an incredibly significant presence in her grandchildren’s lives!
Deeply faithful, Lois went home to her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Oct. 30, 2019. She is survived by her dear husband of nearly 51 years, Jerry, her precious children Kirsten Pardun-Johannsen (Ryan Johannsen) and Guy (Lorena) Pardun, her cherished grandchildren Carter, Emmerson Eleanor Nora & Gerald ‘Jack’, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ronald and Phyllis Pardun and Roland and Carol Pardun, best friend of 64 years, Sarahann and husband, Arno Weller, only cousins, Judith Tasch, Priscilla Freeman Larson and Kathy Freeman, 10 nieces and nephews, 23 great nieces and nephews, 19 great-great nieces and nephews, godchildren Chip, Chris and Meredith (Hughes) Weller.
Although rejoicing that she is in Paradise, Lois’ passing leaves a gaping hole for all who knew and loved her! She will always be deeply missed!
Celebration of Life to be held on Dec. 7, 2019, at 11 a.m., visitation one-hour prior at Siren Covenant Church in Siren. Luncheon following.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Wisconsin Special Olympics, Burnett County Salvation Army or Samaritan’s Purse.