Laurola Gaver

Jan. 11, 1921 - April 21, 2011

Laurola Gaver (nee Walsh) was born Jan. 11, 1921 in St. Paul, Minn. She attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1942 with a degree in home economics, which she taught in Paynesville, Minn., and later in Milwaukee. In 1962, she earned her degree in library science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She served as the librarian at University Lake School in Nashotah, followed by a term as the librarian in the North Lake Elementary School.

In 1943, Lolly married Lt. Jack Gaver, who was stationed in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, they lived in St. Paul, where their first two children, Jeff and Gretchen, were born. In 1953, Jack was transferred to Milwaukee, and they became Wisconsinites for the rest of their lives. Their third child, Laurie, was born while they lived in New Berlin. After living for two years in Reedsburg, they permanently settled in the Dousman area. Over the years, Lolly participated in a wide variety of community and church activities: she was a Cub Scout den mother and a Brownie Scout leader; she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir; she started the Dousman Community Library and was the first woman to be elected as a trustee on the Dousman Village Board; she belonged to the AAUW and the Ottawa Garden Club; and was an active square dancer for many years.

Lolly was also an enthusiastic volunteer for many different organizations, including the Masonic Home Health Center, Oconomowoc Hospital and the Dousman Community Library. She was widowed in 1992. In 2004, Lolly became a resident of Village on the Square at Three Pillars in the Wisconsin Masonic Home in Dousman, where she served as president and a committee chairwoman of the village counsel. In 2010, she moved to their Compass point development. During this time, she supported and participated in the many activities being offered there, and with the support of friends, she was able to continue to attend services at her church, the Kettle Moraine Community Church in North Prairie.

She died Thursday evening, April 21, 2011, at the Aurora Medical Center in Summit after a brief illness. Lolly lived an active and fulfilling life and was happy at last to join her Lord, her many friends, her great-granddaughter Maeve and her husband Jack.

She is survived by her many friends; her children, Jeff (Bonnie) Gaver of Oconomowoc, Gretchen (Rick) MacDonald of Columbus and Laurie (Todd) Whitehead of Phoenix; her grandchildren, Justin Gaver, Haley (Tim) Morin, Ian (Cindy) and Bri MacDonald, Jarod (Kelli) Whitehead, Jeff (Karen) Hollowell and Jackson Whitehead; and her great-grandchildren, Sadie Hollowell and Leif MacDonald.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Kettle Moraine Community Church, W341-S6480 Highway 59, North Prairie. Family will greet friends after the memorial service.

Memorials are suggested to Kettle Moraine Community Church.

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