LOLA J. KORSCH

l-korsch-for-website-3.jpgLola Korsch died on July 27, at Villa Health Care Center in Mora. She was 82 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE on Tuesday, July 31, at 1:00pm at Quamba Baptist Church, 26340 Whited Ave., Brook Park. VISITATION will be Monday from 4 pm to 7pm at Quamba Baptist Church and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be at the Brook Park Cemetery.

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Lola Jane (Hallstrom) Korsch, 82, died on Friday, July 27, 2007 at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora.

Lola was born on March 28, 1925, in Whited Township outside of Quamba, MN, the 9th of Nels and Christina Hallstrom’s 13 children. She had a full farm life, surrounded by family, animals, and chores on Brookside Farm. She was a 1942 graduate of Mora High School, and she attended the Minneapolis Business School. She worked briefly for Prudential Insurance in Minneapolis.

She became acquainted with Raymond Korsch of Brook Park when she was pumping gas while working at her uncle’s hardware store in Quamba, and they were married on March 1, 1947. For one year following their marriage, they lived in Rush City, where Lola worked as a waitress. Ray and Lola moved to Duluth in 1948, where they raised their four children in the Piedmont neighborhood. Lola was active in PTA, in Garden Club, in her church, and in the lives of her family and numerous friends.

Traveling, vacationing, outdoor life, church activities, and family visits provided a full and vigorous life for Lola. As her children grew, she began working at the Glass Block department store in various positions, including the business office. Lola retired from the Glass Block in 1990 and moved home to Mora shortly thereafter.

Lola survived the tragedy of her husband Raymond’s sudden death in 1983. She was also preceded in death by her parents Nels and Christina (Lidstrom) Hallstrom, by two sisters, Olga (Elmer) Gotfredson and Vina (Fred) Bennett, and two brothers, Bob (Donna) Hallstrom and Elton (Ruth) Hallstrom. She is survived by her four children: Craig (Elaine) Korsch of St. Paul, Cheryl (Bruce) Lockwood of Duluth, Colleen (Buzz) Swanson of Moose Lake and Charles (Mary Anne) Korsch of Duluth, and her 11 grandchildren: Matthew Korsch of Chicago, Sarah Korsch of St. Paul, Wendy (Chris) Nyberg of Wrenshall, Nadine (Patrick) Miller of Scanlon, Anita (Dave) Chirico of Apple Valley, Joel Lockwood of Superior, WI, Clay Swanson of Woodbury, Kent (Dara) Swanson of Hibbing, Camela Swanson of New Brighton, Emily Korsch of St. Louis, and Steven Korsch of Duluth. She is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren and her loving siblings Amy (Cliff) Lindgren of Mora, Edna (Carl) Anderson of Mora, Ralph (Fran) Hallstrom of Prescott Valley, AZ, Clifford (Bev) Hallstrom of Brook Park, Gordon (Ardis) Hallstrom of Brook Park, Conrad (Elinor) Hallstrom of Mesa, AZ, Bernice (Jim) Brooks of Oceanside, CA, and Bill (Elaine) Hallstrom of Mora, brothers-in law Donald (Lois) Korsch of Issaquah WA, Robert (Peg) Korsch of Sun City Center FL, sister-in-law Esther (Lester) Korsch of Mora, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family is grateful to the Villa Health Care staff for the compassionate care they provided for Lola.

6 guestbook entries for LOLA J. KORSCH

  1. Bonnie Hallstrom Sivertsen July 30, 2007 at 11:38 am #

    Dear Family,
    What a beautiful life Aunt Lola lived, and what a tremendous legacy she left behind. She certainly impacted my family with her love for us. She always seemed interested in every one of us, down to the very youngest. It was clearly evident all my life that she loved children. When Stevie and I were young and would travel back to Brook Park on the train, she packed us the yummiest lunches. The big treat was vanilla wafers. All we always had at home were homemade cookies, so the vanilla wafers were the BIGGEST treat to us! I thought they were the best thing I had ever tasted. She remembered that and would make sure to have them in the cupboard when we visited. She frequently wrote me the most detailed, interesting letters, most of which were at least 5 or 6 pages long. I always recognized her lovely handwriting. She loved us, and we loved her back. I have a memory of Cheryl, Colleen and me sitting on the living room floor (2262 West 13th St. home) on a Saturday night, and Aunt Lola rolling up our hair in those little orange rubber curlers. I remember her saying that she wanted us to look beautiful for Sunday School the next morning. I remember her making us picnic lunches to take up to the tower, and also how she could make picking raspberries fun. I loved her so much, and will miss her smiling face and positive, encouraging spirit. Love, Bonnie

  2. Edna Anderson July 30, 2007 at 6:11 pm #

    Dear Sister Lola,

    Thank you for the joyous times we shared. I really enjoyed our phone covrsations and looked forward to them. You were always so cheerful. Your encouragement was contagious. Of all the conversations we’ve had, there was never a cross word, never a sour note.

    I also enjoyed your company. You were always fun to be around. Your prescense at familly gatharings and “Seniors in Action” was uplifting to everyone.

    I will miss you but memories will always sustain me.

  3. Edna Anderson July 30, 2007 at 6:16 pm #

    We will meet again in heaven

  4. Scott & Sue Hallstrom July 30, 2007 at 9:04 pm #

    Scott & I are sorry we were not able to make it to the visitation. Scott will be able to be there for the funeral. We were sad to hear of Aunt Lola’s passing but very grateful that she didn’t have to suffer any longer. We know she is full of joy where she is now and no longer has any pain. Scotty and I were talking about Lola last night and he was sharing many stories with me and the one thing he kept saying was she was always so happy. She just always had a smile on her face that would just light up. That’s what I remember when I think of Aunt Lola was her smile. I thought what a beautiful way to be remembered, and I know she has a smile on her face now. Our prayers are with your family as you adjust to life without your Mom. Scott & Sue Hallstrom

  5. Buzz and Michelle Viesselman July 31, 2007 at 10:49 am #

    We will always love our memories of Aunt Lola. She was so positive and cheerful! We just loved our conversations with her. I’ll never forget visiting Aunt Lola in Duluth and her wanting to make sure the kids were having fun!! I also remember Aunt Lola serving us rootbeer floats at her home in Mora just a few years ago. Our Mom and Dad (Bob & Donna) loved Aunt Lola to pieces and we know they are having a great time in Heaven all being together drinking coffee and laughing!! We will be keeping the Korsch family in our hearts and prayers. Buzz and Michelle (Hallstrom) Viesselman

  6. Cathy (and Bill) Amundsen July 31, 2007 at 7:58 pm #

    Dear Craig Cheryl Colleen and Chuck

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