Lola Johnson

Lola Ann Johnson, 60, passed away May 10, 2013, in her home in Loveland, after her eight-year battle with cancer. Lola was born, Lola Ann Schwindt, on June 12, 1952, in Loveland, Colorado to William and Dorothy Schwindt. Lola married Cliff Johnson on June 26, 1977, in Greeley. She wore her mother's wedding dress during the ceremony, as throughout her life, she always honored and represented family traditions and values. She lived in Loveland all her life, where she and Cliff raised their two daughters Leah and Katie. More than anything, Lola loved being a mother, and tirelessly supported and loved her girls. Lola graduated from Loveland High School in 1970, and then the University of Northern Colorado in 1973. She began her teaching career in the Thompson R2-J district, teaching 3rd grade for ten years. Lola's classrooms were creatively decorated, and teaching cemented Lola's passion for education. She would be involved with the Thompson School District in some capacity for the rest of her life, from all-star parent volunteer, PTAs and SAACs, to finally, after her first fight with cancer, serving on the Board of Education for six years. Lola's passion for education was unwavering and she made it her life's mission to fight for what she believed was best for the students in the Thompson School District. In addition to education, Lola had a passion for art while she was always known for her creativity and artistic ability; it wasn't until after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, that she began to refine her skills as an artist. In the last year of her life she opened Lola's Fresh Patina, a studio and gallery space, where she could create and share her art with the community. Lola was also selected as the featured artist for the 2013 Pathways Hospice Debbie Boose Memorial Tennis Tournament to be held in June. Lola had a great passion for the community of Loveland, and made many great friends during her involvement in countless volunteer activities. She was a member of the Philo for 23 years, where she served as President and on every committee. Lola also served on the Loveland Museum Board, as chair and was instrumental in starting the Lone Tree School Program. She loved to travel with her family, visiting more than a dozen countries and twice as many states; the final trip Lola took with Cliff and her girls was in 2007 to Australia. Lola will be remembered for her strength, passion, and shear determination to do what is right. Lola is survived by her husband Cliff, her daughter Leah Johnson-Dickson and husband Michael of Loveland, daughter Katie Johnson of Loveland, father-in-law Carl Johnson of Peach Tree City, GA, sister Karen Scheck and husband Gary of Loveland, sister-in-law Cindy Paris and husband Gary of Chester, VA, sister-in-law Christy Goedtke husband Chuck of Peach Tree City, GA, brother-in-law Clark Johnson and wife Alison of Scottsdale, AZ, numerous nieces and nephews, great friends, and granddaughter baby Dickson on the way. She is preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Schwindt, her father William Schwindt, her brother William Schwindt Jr, baby brother Melvin Schwindt all of Loveland, and mother-in-law Annie Johnson of Peach Tree City, GA. A Celebration of Lola's Life will take place at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Crossroads Covenant Church in Loveland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lola's name to the Thompson Education Foundation in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.kibbeyfishburn.com.

Funeral Home

Kibbey Fisburn Funeral Home
1102 N. Lincoln Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 667-5885

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on May 12, 2013