LOLA I. BURGE, age 91
Of New Bremen, fell asleep on Sunday evening, January 31, 2021 at her residence and is awaiting the return of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. She was born on March 27, 1929 in Lingle, Wyoming, the daughter of the late Lyle B. and Fern D. (Richardson) Neal. On October 1, 1949 she married Richard W. “Dick” Burge who died on November 5, 1990. Surviving are her children Steve Burge of Paonia, Colorado; and Jody Burge, with whom she shared a residence in New Bremen. Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren: Jerome (Carina) Fejerang of Tiyan, Guam; Casey Burge, and Matthew Burge; her great-granddaughter Paradis Fejerang; and her nieces. Along with her parents and husband, Lola was preceded in death by her sisters Juanita Albery and Gale Kamerzell.
Lola was a graduate of Rapid City High School, Rapid City, SD. She met Dick while she was a switchboard operator at NW Bell Telephone Company. Following Dick’s career as a contractor with NASA, they moved and lived all over Western United States, Mexico, Guam, and the Canary Islands. She became a certified yoga instructor in Spain and taught yoga in Spanish in the Canary Islands. She then moved to Colorado to care for her father. In 1994 she moved to New Bremen and made her life here. She worked part-time in the bookstore at The Way International for about 20 years before retiring at the young age of 85. She kept busy studying the Bible, traveling to visit Jody in El Salvador and Germany and family in Colorado, Wyoming and California; she enjoyed entertaining people in her home, practicing her Spanish at Casa Lupita, teaching and practicing yoga, and walking to stay active. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and also her nieces and nephew. Lola could be feisty at times, but always loving. She truly was an inspiration to those that loved her and those she just met.
A celebration to honor Lola’s life will be held in New Bremen at a later date, and inurnment will take place next to her husband in the Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to The Way International (www.theway.org/giving) or to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org). Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, and condolences to the family can be left online at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.