Lola Rosalie Long, age 84, of Springfield, and formerly of
Lincoln, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013. She was born to Edwin
and Clara (Eifert) Gerken, April 28, 1928, on the family farm, in
Lincoln, Missouri. Lola was united in marriage to Leonard Long on
January 28, 1951. The couple met at Producers Creamery in Springfield.
Lola worked in medical records at Burge Protestant Hospital/Cox
Medical Center and retired from there after 26 years of dedicated
service. Lola was a founding and charter member of Redeemer Lutheran
Church in Springfield. Lola loved antiquing and working in the garden.
She also enjoyed spending time with her daughter and son in law on
extended visits to their home in San Diego, California. Most recently
she loved taking walks to the ocean. Her friends referred to Lola
affectionately as a "strong willed and hardworking German". She loved
her family and they had a very close relationship.
Lola is survived by her sons, Randy Long, and wife Janet, of
Ozark, Doug Long, and wife Judy, of Nixa, Rebecca (Long) Johannesen,
and husband Erik, of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Jennifer Brown, of
Joplin, Matt Elrod, of Clever, Andrea Long, of Nixa, and a brother,
Willard Gerken, of Lincoln, 4 great grandchildren, and many friends.
Lola is preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard,
sisters, Edith Plummer, and Eunice Gerken.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers may be made to Immanuel
Lutheran Church, in Lincoln, and the Springfield Lutheran School,
A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2013, from 4:00
P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Funeral services will
be on Monday, March 25, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. at Redeemer Lutheran
Church, in Springfield. Interment will be at Immanuel Cemetery, at
3:00 P.M. in Lincoln.
Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home,