March 22, 2013


Lola Johnson, 87 of Westside, died at Westhaven Hospice in Boone, Iowa, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail with Father Richard Remmes officiating. Burial will be at Westside Cemetery in Westside. Friends may call between 4 and 7 p.m. Friday at Huebner Funeral Home in Westside where there will be a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 5 p.m.

Casket bearers will be Mathew and Patrick Johnson, Pam Swanson, Corey Bowers, Jessica Danzer and Ryan Bowers.

Lola Johnson, daughter of Nick and Florentine, was born Jan. 5, 1926, on a farm near Remsen, Iowa.

Lola received her early education at a country school and graduated with the Class of 1943 from St. Mary's, Remsen. After high school Lola moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to join her sister who had already moved there along with an aunt and uncle. World War II was on and she joined the many people who had moved to California to support the war effort. Her future husband, Walt Johnson, had enlisted and was at Camp Pendleton in the U.S. Marine Corps before he was in combat at Iwo Jima. As Walt recovered from his wartime injuries, Walt and Lola were married at Great Lakes Naval Base in Chicago, Ill., on June 9, 1945.

The couple lived in LeMars, as well as Remsen, where Walt taught school. During the early years of their marriage, Lola had their first six children. She also became sick with tuberculosis, spending several years on and off at Oakdale Sanatorium in Iowa City. In 1957, with a job opportunity in banking, the family moved to the Westside where three more children were born.

Lola was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Lola's hobbies included sewing, knitting, and card playing. She enjoyed fishing with her husband, children and grandchildren at Kendall's Island in Canada. Lola and her husband of 61 years loved to ballroom dance and she always looked forward to bowling whether on a mixed league or her women's league. For many years Walt and Lola enjoyed watching football, attending Iowa State games as season-ticket-holders. When time allowed she and Walt loved to travel whether it was to Europe or Hawaii as a couple, to California or to national parks on a family vacation or visiting one of her children's family around the country. Lola was a member of St. Ann Parish.

Lola is survived by her children Tom; Karen and her husband Gary; Russ and his wife Donna; Diane and her husband Mark; Paul and his wife Gail; and Joan and her husband Tom; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Edna; brother-in-law Dick and his wife Mary; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives and many friends.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walt, in 2007; daughter Karen Mai Johnson, in infancy; sons, Ron Johnson and Mike Johnson; her brothers, Don Mai and his wife Eta; and Glen Mai and his wife Margaret.