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Lola L. Monroe
Lola L. Monroe, age 96, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the Lafayette Manor in Darlington, WI. She was born on February 8, 1912, the daughter of Thomas and Jeanetta (Berryman) Monroe in White Oak Springs Township in Lafayette County. Lola attended grade school in New Diggings, WI, and high school in Shullsburg where she graduated in 1930. She was an excellent student and always said her favorite subject was arithmetic. Lola moved with her family from the farm to Shullsburg in 1940. She took a position as a bookkeeper at the Shullsburg Electric Utility, a job she enjoyed and proudly held for thirty four years until her retirement at the age of 70. Along with her work, she cared for her father until his death at the age of 97 and her older sister Ruth, who passed away at the age of 87.

Lola is survived by a nephew: Chet (Ruth) Melcher of Racine, WI; niece: Carolyn (Jerry) Sullivan of Broomfield, CO; six great-nieces and nephews: Jennifer Sullivan, Matt (Beth) Melcher, Sarah (Bill) Barna, Phil (Dana) Melcher, Dan Sullivan and Brent Melcher; five great-great nieces and nephews: Iris, Lauren Lola, Lola Isabelle, Oliver and Julia Melcher. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ruth (Monroe) Melcher and two siblings in infancy.

Lola's life was dedicated to being a faithful Christian, a contributor to the community and a good friend to all. The legacy she leaves is deep and far-reaching. Lola served her church, the Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg in many ways. She was the church treasurer and President of the United Methodist Women for many years. Although Lola did not have children of her own, she has touched the lives of countless young people in the Shullsburg area through her work and through her church. Lola taught Sunday School for 20 years and served as the school's secretary and treasurer. In the Shullsburg community, Lola was well known for her ability to keep accurate financial records. She generously gave of her time as the treasurer of the Senior Center and secretary and treasurer of the Shullsburg Historical Society.

Surprisingly, Lola also found time to quilt, write letters to friends and family, bake, read her Bible and spend time with her family. She loved living in Shullsburg and felt blessed to have so many dear friends, both young and old. Lola's family members feel that her constant love, encouragement and modeling of how to be a "truly good" person has enabled them to lead richer, more meaningful lives. For the past six years, Lola was a resident of the Shullsburg Home where she had wonderful, loving care. Lola will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg with Rev. Brenda Whitford officiating. Burial will be at Scales Mound Cemetery, Scales Mound Township, IL. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2008 at O'Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, Shullsburg. Online condolences may be left for the family at