Lola Fintel Zlomke was born in 1925 in Byron, Nebraska to Edward and Bertha (Fangmeyer) Fintel. She departed this life in December, 2016 at age 91, peacefully in her sleep.
She grew up in the Byron-Deshler community and graduated from Deshler High School in 1943. Determined never to marry a farmer, she then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she was employed at the state capitol and later with Charles M. Sutherland, publisher of a petroleum transport magazine.
She met Clayton Zlomke, a student at the University of Nebraska, in 1946, and they were married in 1947. Their son Robert was born later that year, when she also found her true profession, that of homemaking. When Clayton graduated, they moved to Kansas City, Kansas, where twins Susan and Steven were born in 1950. In 1954 they moved to Waco, Texas, where their children grew up, and the youngest, Ellen, was born in 1961. They returned to Lincoln for four years, and then work took Clay and the family to Costa Mesa, California in 1977. After Clay retired in 1986, they decided to return to Waco.
In 2010 Lola moved to Napa, CA to be close to her son Robert, his wife and daughter.
She was preceded in death in 2004 by her husband of 58 years, Clayton, and in 1984, tragically, by her youngest daughter; and by her parents, her two brothers, and next younger sister with whom she shared a birthday for 89 years.
She is survived by her remaining children, Robert and daughter-in-law Evelyn of Napa, Susan Stockburger of Comfort, Texas, and Steven and daughter-in-law Myriam of Geneva, Switzerland; by Robert and Evelyn’s children Minta Zlomke and David Montoya, and Reuben Zlomke and Andrea Graugnard; and Susan’s children Ingrid Stockburger and Jeremy Hill, Anya Stockburger and Sunil Khanna, Peter Stockburger and Lily Arguelles, Jesse Stockburger and Kristina Oglesbe, and Ellen Stockburger and Zachary Palmarini; by her three greatgrandchildren Anoush, Ripley, and Rex; by her youngest sister, Mildred Buntemeyer, of Broken Bow, Nebraska and her brother Vernon’s widow, Irene Fintel of Deshler; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Her ashes will be interred in Waco in a private service, next to her husband’s overlooking the Blackland Prairie.
(This is the obituary she wrote herself to save us some trouble, as was her way, but it doesn’t really tell you much of who Mom//Grandma was. Mom was one of the people who always worked to support everyone else, a devout Lutheran. She didn’t mention all the years of cooking for Meals on Wheels, or her years as the Sunday School pianist, or her stint as a Cub Scout den mother, or a lot of things she did. She was the one the kids always went to for emotional support, and at least one daughter-in-law said she’d be going home to Lola if anything happened between her and Lola’s son. Mom was love; she was quiet intelligence; she was a rock of stability and support. Everyone always speaks of her sweetness, and her inability to ever speak negatively of anybody. In her final years we came to appreciate that she lived a life of grace, and we appreciate those lessons. She was also something of a knock-out.)
The family wishes to specifically thank the CNA’s at The Meadows assisted living section for their compassion and help in Lola’s last few weeks.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders, the National MS Society, or Food for the Poor (her favorite).