Lois Irene Velasco (née Rongstad)

velasco, lois - photoLois Irene Velasco (née Rongstad)

Born on the shortest day of 1937, Lois died just before sunset on the longest day of 2018. In between, she had an amazing life. She overcame, she grew, and she loved.

Among her peak moments, she was a proud single mother of two boys, helped found the Minnesota Multi-Housing Assn. and became its first female president in 1976, was elected regional vice president of the National Apartment Assn., was appointed to serve on a Presidential housing committee, founded VIP Properties from which she “retired” to manage her own portfolio, traveled the world with her grandson and friends, held season tickets at the Guthrie, and took her family to Paris for Christmas in 2014.

Lois overcame breast cancer twice. Since surviving a month-long coma in 1995, she lived life to the fullest, buying a home in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, spending winters traveling, snorkeling, and helping the local community by teaching English and supporting local schools.

Predeceased by her parents Marie and Reed, and by Harold Hooker. Lois is celebrated by her sons, J.C. (Elaine) and Chris (Elizabeth), grandson, Addam, sister, Janet Krocheski (Tom), sister-in-law Donna Velasco, lifelong friends, Mary Cebuhar and Myrna Luce, and extended family, friends, and respected colleagues. Among her found family whom she loved dearly are Javier and Loisita, Jennifer and Skye, and the Gonzalez Family.

A service will be held on July 21, 2018, 12Noon at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, with a reception to follow on the grounds. 

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Meso-American Reef Fund or the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.