Lola Wooster, 89, of Englewood, Colo., died of congestive heart failure, March 26, 2014, with her daughters and grandchildren by her side.
Lola Belle was born in Madison Center, Mich., Nov. 7, 1924, to the late Aldun and Ruby Pifer of Adrian, Mich.
She was the fourth of six girls and three boys, all of whom have preceded her in death, save one sister, Barbara Greene of Sandy Hook, Ky.
Lola Belle graduated from Adrian High School in 1942, and worked as a chemist for several years before attending Siena Heights University.
She met her husband, the late Robert Dains Wooster, in Adrian after his service in the South Pacific theatre during World War II. They were married for 55 years.
Bob and Lola lived in Adrian for 27 years, not far from Bob’s sesquicentennial family farm in Palmyra, and Lola’s family iconic barn at 1029 Elm Street that recently became a part of Siena Heights’ growing college campus.
They raised three daughters, Lucia Marie, who passed away Dec. 31, 2009; Stephanie Carol Bluher, an attorney of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., and Roberta Leslie, a career registered nurse of Naples, Fla.
In 1973, Bob and Lola moved to Archbold, Ohio, where they were both instrumental in establishing Northwest State Community College.
Growing up as a child during the depression had a profound impact on Lola. She took a great deal of pride in sharing her life lessons of fiscal austerity and responsibility with her family and with her business math and accounting students that passed through her classroom at NWSCC.
In 1984, Bob and Lola retired and returned to Lola’s beloved west coast of Florida, where Bob’s service in the Coast Guard auxiliary kept them actively boating on Florida’s inter-coastal waterway.
Bob and Lola loved to travel, touring most of the continental United States and Canada with their daughters in a Chevy station wagon towing a Coleman camper, which Lola never learned to back into a camping spot.
In retirement, they traveled throughout Europe, China, Japan, Argentina– where Lola, who was legally blind, could see Haley’s comet from the southern hemisphere– Australia and New Zealand.
Lola loved to cook, and especially loved raising her children, spoiling her grandchildren, and embracing all of her nieces and nephews with open arms and big kisses.
To be closer to her three grandchildren, Matthew, Laura and Tom Bluher, and her daughter-in-law Katie Bluher, Lola moved to a retirement community in Englewood, Colo., where she remained active as a proud grandmother playing bridge and teaching cribbage.
A Celebration of Lola Belle’s life will take place at Jerry’s Pub on Wampler’s Lake, Brooklyn, Mich., Monday, July 7, 2014, from 5-7 in the evening.
A Florida memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014, in The Villages.
In lieu of flowers, please send your contributions in loving memory of Lola Belle Wooster, to the Salvation Army, 217 West Church St, Adrian, MI 49221; and to Grace Place for Children and Families, P.O. Box 990531, Naples, FL 34116.