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ANNOUNCEMENTS

DR. GERHARD & LOIS' OBITUARY

Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. Gerhard M. Feia and his wife, Lois J. Feia will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2019, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont.  Burial will be held following the service in Calvary Cemetery with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post #36 and the Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1222 of Fairmont.  A rosary will be said at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2019, with visitation following from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont.  Dr. Feia passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at his home in Fairmont.  Lois had previously passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012. They are now together again.  The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Dr. Gerhard Michael Feia was born on September 25, 1926, in Holdingford, MN, the son of John and Mary Anne (Novitzki) Feia.  He attended and graduated from Holdingford Public School.  Gerhard then went on to serve in the United States Army from November 1945 to January 12, 1947, as a member of the occupation forces in Ascom City and Inchon Korea.  He re-entered the U.S Army on March 25, 1948, where he served with U.S. Forces in Tokyo, Japan and then with the 8209 Mash Hospital in Korea.  In March 1952, he received his honorable discharge.  Gerhard then went on to attend St. John’s University and the Illinois College of Optometry.

On September 1, 1956, Gerhard was united in marriage to Lois Jean Smith at the University of Chicago Chapel.  The couple moved to Fairmont in September 1957, and purchased the Optometric Practice from Dr. Howard J. Sturgeon and continued working in optometry until his retirement in July 1995.

Dr. Feia was a life member of both the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post #36 and the Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1222.  He was an honorary life member of the Fairmont Knights of Columbus where he served as past Grand Knight.  Gerhard was also active in the Fairmont Lions Club where he was a past President.  He was an active member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont where he was a reader and Eucharistic Minister.

In his spare time, he enjoyed helping with the boy scouts and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Some of his favorite hunts were moose, bear, deer and lots of rabbit hunting.  Gerhard was known for his garden and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Anne T. Dekeyser of Attica MI, Jean M. (Gordon) Feia-Steever of Bemidji, MN, Michael T. Feia of Fairmont, MN, and Paul J. Feia of Annandale, VA; nine grandchildren, as well as many other extended family and friends.

Dr. Feia was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Feia; wife, Lois J. Feia; daughter, Mary Beth Feia; three brothers and two sisters.

Lois J. Smith was born on January 14, 1933, in Capac, MI, daughter of James and Frances Smith.  Lois attended Capac High School and graduated on June 7, 1951.  She received her degree in registered nursing in Flint, MI, and followed with further education in obstetrical nursing at the University of Chicago Hospital.

On September 1, 1956, Lois married Gerhard Feia at the University of Chicago Chapel.  Together they raised five children, Anne, Michael, Jean, Paul and Mary Beth. 

Lois was an obstetrical nurse working at Fairmont Community Hospital until she retired.  She was an active member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in the St. Michael Circle.  Lois was an avid reader, loved to bowl and collected almost all of the Beanie Babies.

The family requests memorials be given in Dr. Gerhard and Lois Feia’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.