Lola Samuelson of Minonk went to her eternal home in heaven on Saturday evening (May 25, 2019).
A life celebration service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Calvert Johnson Memorial Home on North Walnut Street in Minonk. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial to follow the service at Minonk Township Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Heritage Health in Minonk or United Methodist Church of Minonk.
Lola was born at home on May 8, 1926, in a farmhouse near Brashear, Mo. She was married to Robert Lee Samuelson on March 18, 1944, and for 62 years until his death on March 6, 2006.
She was a member of the El Paso Nazarene Church for over 50 years, receiving many honors for her service in various roles and offices in the church. She attended United Methodist in Minonk for several years.
Lola was officially admitted to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on July 5, 2005, and was an active member until her passing.
Lola is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren.
Children are Ronald Samuelson and Marsha of Denver, Colo.; Vernon Samuelson and Patricia of Rock Hill, S.C.; Aleta Rossman and Mike of Roseville; Tim Samuelson and Michelle of Minonk. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are scattered from coast to coast, living in California, Missouri, Colorado, and Vermont. Also surviving is her younger sister, Cleeta Steidel of Stateline, Ind., now living with her son in Louisville, Ky.
Lola worked in several different jobs and roles over her lifetime. She worked at Owens-Illinois Glass factory in late '50s and early '60s, IAA in Bloomington as a data entry clerk, for Illinois Social Services, and finally as a bookkeeper for a nursing home in Lexington. Then after she retired, she did taxes for several people and worked part-time at the FS service station and garden center.
She really enjoyed making piece quilts. She made a special quilt for each of her children when they got married and also for each of her 12 grandchildren. And her blue jean quilts were a favorite for her great-grandchildren.
She also enjoyed her raised garden and canning the fruits and vegetables that she harvested from her garden and yard.
She also loved to cook and seemed to always be in the kitchen, cooking or baking or canning. It was a special treat when her out-of-town family would come for a visit and enjoy her home-cooked food.
Lola was a beloved wife, mother and role model for many in her church, neighborhood and community and she will be sorely missed.
Condolences may be made to: www.calvertmemorial.com.