Charlene H. Lola, 88, of Ord passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic
Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic School. Ord Memorial Chapel is in
charge of arrangements.
Charlene Helen was born January 7, 1929, in Custer County, Nebraska to Charlie and Marie (Jennings) Nekuda. She was raised in Custer and Loup Counties where she received her education and graduated from Taylor High School in 1946.
Charlene received her Elementary Teacher’s Degree from Kearney State College. She taught for fifteen years in several country schools and 26 years in public schools; 22 of the years were in Ord. She was a
dedicated teacher who loved her students.
On July 25, 1949, Charlene was united in marriage to Richard Lola at Taylor, Nebraska. The couple farmed for a couple of years west of Ord, then moved to Springfield, Missouri. In 1954, they returned to
Nebraska when Rich’s dad died. In 1955, they moved to Burwell and then Elyria before settling in Ord in 1962. Mr. Lola passed away on February 9, 1982. Charlene continued to make her home in Ord and in
June of 2015, she moved into Grandview Assisted Living Center.
Charlene was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where she was active in the Parish Council, CCD Classes, Study Club, Altar Society and St. Mary’s Catholic School. She belonged to the Neighborly Sisters, Ever Busy Extension Club and Crimson Angels. Charlene enjoyed reading, sewing and quilting; flower gardening and tutoring during the summer.
Charlene received the Ord’s BPW Woman of Outstanding Achievement in 1980 and Among Who’s Who in American’s Teachers in 1990. She was active as a community volunteer and served for two terms on the Ord City Council, City Zoning Commission and Community Development.
Charlene will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and member of the community. Many times she was heard to say that Ord was the best place to live for it has compassionate and loving people.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Allen Philbrick of Ord, Jeri and Ed Phillips of Lincoln and Kathryn and Rick Bienhoff of Axtell; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Angela Lola of Douglas, Wyoming; six grandchildren, Scott Philbrick and his significant other, Kyla Weverka, Ann Philbrick, Ryan Phillips and his wife, Andrea, Jodi Ayala and her husband, Ben, Kelly Nelson and her husband, Jeff and Amanda Kline and her husband, Chris; nine great-grandchildren, Claire and Audrey Nelson, Sadie and Triton Ayala, Ty, Jada and Stella Phillips, Jaime Mather and her husband,
Chris and Devon Weverka; a great great-grandson, Aiden Weverka; and one brother, Bryce Nekuda of Broken Bow.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; and four brothers, Lyle, Charlie Jr., Dick and Don Nekuda.