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Lola M. Erlandson, 88

Posted: 05 February, 2013

Wakefield, Nebraska.  Lola M. Erlandson, 88, died Saturday February 2, 2013 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield, Nebraska.  Services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, February 9th at the Wakefield Evangelical Covenant Church with Pastor Kelly Johnston officiating.  Burial will be in the Wakefield Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Thompson Chapel Funeral Home in Wakefield.
Lola Mae Erlandson was born to parents Robert and Carol (Sexson) Erwin, August 5, 1924 at Concord, Nebraska.  She grew up on the farm during “The Dirty Thirties” and wrote about many of her recollections of farm life with parents and brother Don. Lola graduated from high school in 1942 and continued on to Wayne State College for a certificate to teach school. She attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota for two years and on to Salem, Virginia to work in a Children’s Home.  Lola visited pastor friends in Quincy, MA and was on her way to Tanzania, East Africa in 1953.  She taught at the Augustana School near Arusha, Tanzania for fifteen years.
Upon return to Nebraska in 1968, Lola taught schools in West Point, and Allen, Nebraska.  Changing events of her father dying on New Year’s Day, 1972 and moving with her mother into Concord, Nebraska.   On September 30, 1978 she married Warren (Bud) Erlandson at Concordia Lutheran Church in Concord. She moved to the home farm of Bud’s at Wakefield and retired from teaching.  The couple lived there until moving into Wakefield in 1989 and to the Wakefield Health Care Center in 2012.
Lola was active in the Wakefield Covenant Church and Church Women. She enjoyed her quilting and won numerous ribbons.    Her times spent with her brother Don and wife Veora and the two children, Myriam and Dan and their families were dearly cherished.   Fishing trips to Minnesota and trips to Chicago, Utah, Colorado, and California to see Linda and Barry and family were high on the list.
Survivors include her husband Bud of Wakefield, her brother Don and Veora Erwin of Riverside, California, and niece Myriam and nephew Dan and their families.  Also included are step-daughter Linda and Barry Steiber of Citrus Heights, California and grand-daughter Anastina Steiber and grandson Carl Steiber.  Also step-son Loren Erlandson.
Lola was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be directed in her honor to the Covenant World Missions.
Thompson Chapel in Wakefield is in charge of the arrangements.   402-287-2633  


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