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Lois Elaine Godell of Marquette, Michigan, entered into eternal peace on March 24th, 2015. She was with her beloved daughter at her side at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Memory Care. She was under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice. Lois was born on Easter Sunday on March 28th, 1937 in Ishpeming, Michigan. She grew up on Pine Street across from the playground, which provided her with many wonderful childhood memories. She was a proud Ishpeming Hematite and graduated in the class of 1955. Lois attended Northern Michigan University after high school, earning a degree in education. During this time she met James (Jim) Godell. He was the brother of her sister in law, Marie Fowler, who was married to Lois's older brother, Burton (Burt) Fowler. Her initial reaction to Jim was not love at first sight. However, he won her over and they became true soul mates. They married in 1960 and celebrated 54 years of wedded bliss. In 1962 they welcomed their one and only child, a daughter who they poured their love into...Kari Jean Godell. Lois was a kindergarten teacher for a few years prior to Kari's birth. However, Jim was able to provide a life where Lois did not have to work, but could stay at home to raise Kari. Lois did eventually return to the work force serving as the secretary at Grace United Methodist Church for 12 years. She took great pride in producing error free bulletins for the congregation every Sunday. In 1998, Lois took on a new role; being a grandmother to her granddaughter Maija Elaine. In 2000 she welcomed her second grandchild, Finnegan James. Lois loved being "Grammy," and was very proud of her grandchildren and their accomplishments. Lois lived a quiet life. She loved God, her family, her animals, and her home. But most of all, she loved her husband. When he passed away on March 6th, 2015, we all knew it would only be a matter of time before she would join him in heaven. 18 days later, she did indeed just that. Lois lived with the challenges of Alzheimer's disease for 10 years. Her struggle is over. Lois enjoyed birds, particularly hummingbirds. In many ways she was a Hummingbird herself; delicate, sweet, and rare. She was kind, generous, and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Preceding her in death are her parents, mother, Libby Nichols Fowler and father, Ira Fowler; her brother, Burton Fowler and her husband, James Godell. She is survived by her sister in law, Marie Godell Fowler; her daughter, Kari Godell Brennan, son in law, Andrew (Drew) Brennan; granddaughter, Maija Brennan and grandson, Finnegan (Finn) Brennan; her dog, Sammy and her "grand dog," Rasta. Please come and celebrate the life of this loving woman at the Canale Tonella Funeral Home on April 2nd (Holy Thursday). Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with the service commencing at 4:00 p.m. The Rev. Christopher Hintz, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church will preside. A light luncheon will immediately follow in the funeral home. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lois's memory to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855. Her obituary can also be viewed at canalefuneral.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.

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