Lolita J. McKinney, 75

Lolita J. McKinney, 75 Lolita J. “Lolee” McKinney, (nee Crow), 75, of The Cottages at Cedar Run in West Bend, formally from Sonoma, Calif., born to eternal life on Nov. 12, 2015.

Lolita was born in Milwaukee, raised in Thiensville and attended Shorewood High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1960, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., graduated from the Prospect Hall School of Business and began a career in the banking field. In 1974, she married her second husband, Gene McKinney, an FBI agent with the organized crime division of Miami. In 1994, as vice president of Glendale Federal, she was transferred to Sonoma, Calif., along with her husband, until she retired in 2000. Unexpectedly, her husband passed away in 1997.

She always spent Thanksgiving with her Wisconsin family and Christmas with her Florida family. Lolita was always willing to help those in need, especially in her community of Sonoma. She was past president of the Kiwanis Club and served on the advisory board of the Sonoma Valley Fund, Vintage House Senior Center and the Sonoma Valley Hospital Women’s Center. She was especially proud that she was able to be the director of sponsorship of the Sonoma Valley Film Festival. I know she will be greatly missed, not only by her family and countless friends but also the community which she served so well.

Beloved wife of the late Gene McKinney. Most special and beautiful sister to Marcia (Robert) Guse. Devoted and most loving aunt to David (Katy) Guse, Peter (Lisa) Guse and Steven (Dr. Joanna Rossi) Guse.

Lovingly cherished by precious great nieces: Leah, Paige, Olivia and Elizabeth.

Wonderful stepmother to Carol (Tim) Edmond and Joe (Susan) McKinney.

Proud “Yodee” to step-grandchildren: Meghan, Timothy, Jennifer and Jonathan; and step-great-grandchild, Penelope.

Further survived by lifelong and devoted friend Joan Neustedter, special childhood friend Sandy Stelter and wonderful longtime friend Nancy Fertig; lovely, kind and admired by many friends in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Sonoma, Calif.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, N35 W6621 Wilson Ave., Cedarburg. Family will receive friends at the church on Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Memorials to Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk for veterans and their families or Faith Lutheran Church Benevolence Fund appreciated. Online condolences may be sent by visiting