Lois M. Coughlan, 72, of Arlington Heights was a clinical nutritionist for the past 50 years, most recently working a as a renal dietitian at Total Renal Care Inc., Chicago, since 1995.  Mrs. Coughlan was previously a nutritionist at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, since the 1970s and at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago from the early 1960s to the 1970s.

Mrs. Coughlan, a Chicago native, died Monday, April 10, in her home.  In 1949 Mrs. Coughlan received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics at College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minn.  She completed an internship in dietetics at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in 1950.

Mrs. Coughlan was a volunteer with the Care and Courage Ministry at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, where she had previously been a volunteer for Public Action to Deliver Shelter, a ministry that provides temporary shelter for homeless people.  Karen Grunschel, a former colleague in the nutrition department at Lutheran General, said:  “She received a certificate of recognition from the American Dietetic Association in March for 50 years of membership.  She was a nice person.  She was easy to get along with.”

Survivors include four sons, John A., Dan R., Tom D., and Bill R.; two daughters, Julie A. Coughlan-Homes Longman and Mary E.; a sister, Eileen Zannini; and five grandchildren.  Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Glueckert Funeral Home, 1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.  Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a mass at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.

Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2000
Contributed by:  Shelli Steedman