Lola Mae (Johnson) Philippsen

Born: Sun., Aug. 31, 1924
Died: Thu., Mar. 24, 2011


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 27, 2011
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 28, 2011
Location: - Not available -

Funeral Mass

2:00 PM Mon., Mar. 28, 2011

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 Lola M. Philippsen

August 31, 1924March 24, 2011



Lola Mae Philippsen, 86, of Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Dujarie House following an illness.  She is survived by four sons, John N. Philippsen (Melanie) of Wabash, IN, Eric P. Philippsen (Lori) of Martinsville, IN, Luke P. Philippsen (Diane) of Muncie, IN, and Kirk P. Philippsen (Lisa) of Granger, IN; 14 grandchildren, Matthew, Nathaniel, and Nina Philippsen, Casey and Molly Krieger, Jeremiah Halley (Cassie), Joel (Melissa), Thomas (Sara) and Hannah Philippsen, Sara Charles (Kevin), Andrea and Leah Philippsen, Michael (Courtney) and Jerry (Stacey) Barnes; six great-grandchildren, Mabel Halley, Phillip, Joshua, Kimberly, Tiffany, and Connor Barnes; several nieces and nephews including Kay Barmore and John Post.  She was preceded in death by three sisters, Florence Snavely, Dorothy Post, and Bernice McDougall. 

     Lola Mae was born on August 31, 1924 in Tacoma, Washington to the late Matilda (Peterson) and Ole I. Johnson. She spent her youth there, surrounded by family in the shadow of her beloved Mount Rainier.  She graduated in 1948 from the University of Washington, Library Science School. There she met fellow student, John J. Philippsen, and they married on August 18, 1951. After spending the initial six years of their married life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, they settled in South Bend in 1957. Lola Mae was a librarian at St. Mary’s College for 29 years. She loved books and reading, playing bridge and talking with family and friends.  She had a way of making everyone she met feel as though they were a very special and important person.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Philippsen, in 1987.

     The family would like to thank the staff of Dujarie House, especially Casey, Pam, Margaret, Shane and Valerie and the staff of Southfield Village who provided loving care to Lola Mae for the past several years.  The family would also like to thank Dr. Madden, Dr. Martinez, and Dr. Sutula of the Memorial Family Practice Residency Program for their care for Lola Mae.  

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 28th in the Our Lady of Holy Cross Chapel at Dujarie House, Holy Cross Village with Rev. Kenneth Grabner, CSC officiating.  Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday, March 27th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. and on Monday from 12:30 until the time of Mass in the Our Lady of Holy Cross Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Margaret’s House, 117 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN, 46601 or the Christ Child Society, 1124 Thomas St., South Bend, In, 46601 or Holy Cross Village Foundation, P.O. Box 303, Notre Dame, IN, 46556.

Charitable donations may be made in Lola's memory to the following organizations:

Christ Child Society
1124 Thomas St., South Bend, In, 46601

Holy Cross Village Foundation
P.O. Box 303, Notre Dame, IN, 46556.

St. Margaret’s House
117 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN, 46601

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