Fairfax County, Va. - Lois Ander Vigen, 90, formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family and prayers on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Fairfax County, Va.
A memorial service to celebrate Lois’ life and memory was held Monday, July 1 at The Fairfax in Fort Belvoir, Va.
Lois Vigen was born March 5, 1923 in Thief River Falls. She was the eldest daughter of Axel and Esther Ander. She had two younger brothers, Daryl (Becky) and Robert (Betty), both of whom predeceased her.
Lois married Captain Oscar C. Vigen on July 21, 1946 in Seattle, Wash. Oscar was a returning World War II veteran of the Pacific Campaigns. She served along side him as an Army wife, while together raising five children, all of whom survive her: Edward (Wava), James (JoAnne), Douglas (Melissa), William (Sandy) and Kristin Hamilton (Tom). She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Sharon Kearns Caffrey, Katrina Vigen (Ryan Smart), William Vigen, James Vigen, Stephen Culver, Olav Vigen, Isaiah Nelson, Corinne Vigen, Sara Vigen and Jack Hamilton; one great-grandson, Emil Smart; and one great-granddaughter, Taleah Caffrey. In addition, Lois was a "second mother" to Rhonda Culver and Linette Culver Gagnon.
Lt. Col Vigen passed away on Sept. 24, 2000 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. They were married for 54 years. Lois will be interred there with him on Friday, July 19.
Lois was a loving and gentle soul, and a friend to many people. She was an avid antiques collector, dabbled in painting and hat making and had a real flair for decorating. For many years, Lois created the flower arrangements for Sunday services at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Va. After her move to The Fairfax, Lois was a faithful member of the Protestant Chapel, attended weekly Bible class, was an avid reader and had been a member of the Book Club.
The family extends their thanks to all who supported Lois in her later years, especially her friends and dinner partners at The Fairfax.