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Lois M. Caldwell, 90, Topeka, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka. 

Per her request, she was cremated. No funeral is planned. She will be interned at the City of Lincoln cemetery at a later date.

She was born Dec. 4, 1921, in rural Lincoln County, the daughter of Henry J. Finke and Josephine (Davis) Finke.

She attended high school in Holyrood, and graduated from Vesper High. She later attended Normal Training at Lincoln High and college at Fort Hays State University. Before marriage, she taught in one-room schools in rural Lincoln County, Kan. 

On June 1, 1946, she married Lawrence J. Caldwell in Salina. They lived in Salina, rural Tescott, rural Wells, rural Culver, rural Garnett and Ottawa. She attended courses and became a nurse’s aide and later a dietary manager for a nursing home in Garnett.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Victor; four sisters, Nellie Siemsen, Helen Wiegert, Alma Weber and Melba Finke; her brothers-in-law; a niece and nephew.

Survivors include her children, Larry and wife, Cheryl, Linda Harvey and Jerry, all of Topeka, Karen and Lori, Emporia, and Cherie Jadot and husband, Mitch, Kenmore, Wash.; her grandchildren; and her great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Aldersgate Village or a charity of choice. Please send memorial contributions and condolences to P.O. Box 4902, Topeka KS 66604.

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