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Obituary: Lola H. Chalsma

Obituary: Lola H. Chalsma


Lola H. Chalsma, 94, of Onalaska died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse.

She was born Sept. 21, 1922, on the family farm in Houston, Minn., to Louis and Myrtle (Northrup) Vix. She married Fred H. Miller, he preceded her in death in December of 1948. She then married LeRoy Chalsma in 1949.

Lola and her husband, LeRoy owned and operated the Home Café in West Salem for many years. Following the sale of the restaurant Lola worked for several area nursing homes including Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, where she worked as a housekeeper and cook until her retirement. Following her retirement, Lola spent her free time dancing, cooking (everything was from scratch), camping and traveling. Her favorite destinations were Las Vegas and Arizona.

Lola is survived by her five children, Morris (Judy) Miller of Onalaska, Sharon (Ray) Weikinger of Toledo, Ohio, Linda (Arnie) Johnson of Gillette, Wyo., Karen (Mark) Grasby of Pleasant Garden, N.C., and Pennelope Harr of La Crosse; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Debbie; her two husbands; all 10 of her brothers and sisters; and her special friend, Clarence Ronnenberg.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 21, at the Fossum Funeral and Cremation Service in Onalaska. The Rev. William Bader officiated. Burial followed in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Barre Mills.

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The family wishes to thank the Onalaska Care Center and Gundersen Health Systems for the excellent care Lola received.

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