Lola Maye (Woodside) Blazek was born May 10, 1918 to Ross Woodside and Iona (Johnson) Woodside in Adair County IA.
Lola attended country school (Washington No 7) one mile north of their home until 8th grade. The last half of her 8th grade year, she went to Williamson (Colony No 3). Lola attended Nevinville High School for two years then Greenfield High School her junior and senior years where she received her normal teaching certificate. She graduated in 1934 at the age of 16 but could not teach until she was 18 years old. While she waited the two years to teach, she worked as a hired girl in homes. She taught at a one- room country school, Washington No 7 in Adair County, for one year before marriage.
In January, 1935, Lola met Ernie at a dance at the Williamson Hall. They were united in marriage May 15, 1937 at the Hill of Zion Church and lived on a farm south of Williamson. To this union 4 children were born: Edward, who died in infancy, Sharon, Richard and Joyce. Lola was a homemaker and farmwife and life-long resident of the Williamson community.
Lola gave much time and effort to her church and organizations to which she belonged. Great priority was always put on her church, Avondale United Methodist, where she was a lifelong member and played the piano for many years and was a member of United Methodist Women and Sunshine Club.
She belonged to Retired Teachers, was a fifty-year member of Fontanelle Order of Eastern Star where she played the piano for fifteen years, the Williamson Legion Auxiliary Post #719, a member of Western Bohemian Association 75 years and was Colony Township Clerk for 20 years. She also enjoyed traveling and had been in all 50 states and many foreign countries.
But nothing was more important than her family and her home. Through the years, she made many quilts and afghans for her children and grandchildren and these gifts to her family will always be a reminder of her love and devotion. Lola enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her son: Richard Blazek and wife Debby of Corning, daughters; Sharon Walter and Joyce Green of Prescott. Nine Grandchildren; Robert (Chris) Walter of Creston, Anita (Craig) Mittag of Prescott, Estee (Richard) Nenow of Streeter, North Dakota, Brady (Anna) Blazek of Pella, Taylor Blazek (Michael Stokes) of Iowa City, Debbie (Jay) Burroughs of Des Moines, Tonya (Jason) Green of Prescott, Trudy (Ben) Keen of Marion, Trena Green of Corning. Nineteen Great grandchildren; Tom (MacKenzie) Walter, Katie, Jack, Hailey and Hunter Walter, Tucker (Anna Washington) and Tessa Mittag, Richard, Gentry, Charlee, Emmett, Alaina and Keefer Nenow, Brianna and Arya Blazek, Grace Burroughs, Cora and Carly Green, Avery, Weston, Seth and Jonathan Keen, Paul and Josie Douglas, two great great grandchildren; Turner and Tate Walter, a sister, Dorothy McCall of Bridgewater and other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, her husband in 1977, three brothers, Curtis, Clarence and Elmer, sister Ellen Rivenburgh, brothers-in-law; Lyle Rivenburgh, Hugh McCall, Charles Nelson, sisters-in-law; Margaret Clyde, Bernice Woodside and Gladys Nelson, sons-in-laws; Larry Walter and Jon Green, and grand daughter-in-law; Laurie Walter.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
A luncheon will be held at the Williamson Legion Hall following the interment.