MINONK – Lola M. Samuelson, 93, died Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Heritage Health in Minonk.
She was born May 8, 1926, near Brashear, Mo. She married Robert Lee Samuelson on March 18, 1944. He died March 6, 2006.
Survivors include three sons, Ronald (Marsha) Samuelson, Denver, Colo., Vernon (Patricia) Samuelson, Rock Hill, S.C., and Tim (Michelle) Samuelson, Minonk; one daughter, Aleta (Mike) Rossman, Roseville; 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren who are scattered from coast to coast in the states of California, Colorado, Missouri and Vermont; three stepgrandchildren and one sister, Cleeta Steidel, Louisville, Ky.
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Lola worked in several different jobs and roles over her lifetime. She worked at the Owens-Glass Factory in Streator in late 1950's and early 1960s, IAA in Bloomington as a data entry clerk, Illinois Social Services and finally as a bookkeeper for a nursing home in Lexington. Following retirement, she did taxes for several people and worked part time at the Farm Service (FS) station and garden center in Minonk. Lola was a member of the El Paso Nazarene Church, El Paso, for over 50 years and received many honors for her service in various roles and offices in the church. She was attending the Minonk United Methodist Church, Minonk, for several years. She was officially admitted to the National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on July 5, 2005, and was an active member until the time of her passing. Lola 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 grandchildren. And her blue jean quilts were a favorite for her great grandchildren. Lola also enjoyed her garden, as well as the canned fruits and vegetables that she harvested from her garden and yard. She also loved to cook and seemed to always be in the kitchen either 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. She will be sorely missed.
Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk. Visitation will take place Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the memorial home. Burial will follow the service in the Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk.
Memorials may be made to Heritage Health or to the Minonk UMC.