In Memory of Lola Dodd-Whitaker

Lola Dodd-Whitaker
Lola Dodd-Whitaker
Born: March 13, 1933
Died: January 8, 2016
Age: 82
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Lola Dodd-Whitaker
March 13, 1933 - January 8, 2016
From: Story City, IA | Originally: Collins, IA

Lola Whitaker, age 82, of Story City, Iowa and formerly of Collins, Iowa, died Friday, January 8, 2016, at Bethany Manor in Story City. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at the Collins Christian Church in Collins, with Pastor Scott Jones officiating.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Collins.  A visitation with the family present will be held on Tuesday, January 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Christian Church.   

Born March 13, 1933 in Collins, Iowa, Lola Dodd Whitaker was the daughter of Floyd and Ada S. (Wescott) Oswalt.  She grew up in Collins, Iowa.  Following her graduation from Collins High School in 1951, Lola worked at Donnelly Marketing in Nevada for 37 years.  Lola married Max Dodd on April 18, 1953 at the Collins Christian Church and they were blessed with three children. Following Max’s death in 1995, she married Paul Whitaker of Collins on September 4, 1998. 

Lola enjoyed crafts, decorating sweatshirts, needlepoint and entertaining family and friends.  She was a member of the Collins Christian Church where she enjoyed singing in the church choir and many other church activities, the Collins Garden Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. 

Survivors include her three children, Debbie (Doug) De Vilbiss of Clive, Sandy (John) Helgeland of Zearing and Barry Dodd of Monroe; nine grandchildren, Melody De Filippo, Jill Brooks, Kurt Siefkas, Katie Clark, Spencer Dodd, Cooper Dodd, Rory, Ryan and Jesse Helgeland; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Oswalt.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; one child in infancy; three brothers, Bill, Gale and Russ; two sisters, Norene Hale and Marguerite Farren; a nephew, Mark Farren; and a great-nephew, Cory Oswalt. 

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Lola and her family. 


Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 9:15 AM
“Barry and family,

My deepest condolences for your loss.”
- Stewart Mackay
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 12:50 PM
“I had the pleasure of doing Lola's hair when I had my salon in Collins. She was a wonderful person and always enjoyed our conversations and my time spent with her. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family. ”
- Kami (Horn) McDonough
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 12:50 PM
“Karmen Miller - I just want you to know that it was Lola Dodd Whitaker that passed away, children are Barry, Debbie and Sandy. Jerry, Craig and Joyce are the children of Zola and Paul Whitaker who both have passed on. Lola Dodd was married to Paul Whitaker years after the deaths of our father and of Zola. Thus, understandably this can be very confusing!
Sandy Helgeland”
- Sandy Helgeland
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 12:50 PM
“Family of Lola Dodd-Whitaker,

My deepest and heartfelt sympathies with the passing of your mother, Lola. She was a special person and I have long lasting and fond memories of her from years past while visiting my grandparents, James and Nelle Jane Oswalt, and my uncle and aunt, Floyd and Ada Oswalt, who resided near Collins and Colo, Iowa. More recently, we kept in touch with each other via e-mail or visiting with her at Oswalt reunions when held. May Lola rest in eternal peace and be with all of her deceased family members, other relatives, and friends from above in heaven. Peace, love, and God’s blessings to all family members.

Roger Anderson
Atlanta, Georgia
- Roger Anderson
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 12:50 PM
“Sandy, Deb and Barry. We are so sorry at the loss of your mom. She fought long and hard and was blessed to have you all stand by her. We know it will be hard, no matter what, but she lived a good life and fought a good fight. Now she can rest in peace. We aren't coming to the funeral as I'm sure Terry and Sheila will want to spend as much time with you all as possible, but you definitely will be in our thoughts and prayers. So happy that they were able to come up for her funeral. Look to Jesus in your hard times as he's the only one who can give you peace.”
- Laverne and Becky Overton (Sheila Dodd's parents)
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 12:47 PM
“Dear Aunt Lola - there aren't enough words to describe how much I already miss you. I miss being able to send you cards and notes, I miss picking out the perfect postcard to send you from my vacation, I miss being able to make plans and set a date to see you when we get to Iowa. I miss singing with you and oh the laughter, we certainly had fun. I have great memories of time spent at your house and driving down the road with the windows wide open singing as loud as we could. You were my Aunt but you were also my friend. I love you and will miss you.

Debbie, Sandy and Barry I am so sorry for your loss, she was a great lady and I know how much you will miss her, how much the grandchildren will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families. We love you!”
- Carol
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:44 AM
“Your family will not necessarily remember me. I am Carol Oswalt Dunn's sister, Cheryl and my mother was Bonnie Mills Oswalt Hunnell. I am sorry to hear about the passing of Lola, but I know that she is at peace and with God. Carol talked frequently about her, and has many fond, loving memories of the times she was able to spend with the family of her father, William Oswalt. Having lost our mother, Bonnie, three years ago, I know that even as you are comforted that she is in a better place, there is still sorrow and grief. I try to get to Collins every few months to visit the cemetery for my mother, Bill and baby Darryl. When we have time, and weather permitting, we try to walk around and remember other names of those lost to us here on earth. We will include Lola and your family in our prayers and remembrance.

Cheryl Hunnell Lowe”
- Cheryl Lowe
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:43 AM
“Craig, Jerry, Joyce and families,
Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a joy to be around and always had a smile and laugh for our family. Our parents always enjoyed card night! She was a lovely lady inside and out.
Sending sincere sympathy along with our thoughts and prayers for your family.

- Karmen Milligan
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10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Collins Christian Church
Collins, Iowa


Reverend Scott Jones


Spencer Dodd
Cooper Dodd
Kurt Siefkas
Bob Oswalt
Brad Oswalt
John Hale
Bill Oswalt
Jim Hale
Terry Dodd


5-7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Collins Christian Church
Collins, Iowa


Chris Huntrods, Organist


Evergreen Cemetery
Collins, Iowa