Lolita M. Lehman, 97, of Fairfield, went to her heavenly home Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at St. Clare Hospital.
She was born to Albert and Martha (Giebel) Brandt, on Nov. 19, 1920, in the town of Summit, Juneau County. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wonewoc. Lolita attended rural schools in the town of Summit . She worked in private homes in Reedsburg and Baraboo. When the Badger Ordnance Works was first being built in Sauk County, she worked in the food department at the plant site.
After coming to Baraboo, Lolita joined St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where she remained a faithful member the rest of her life. She met Alfred Lehman of Baraboo just before he enlisted in the Navy during World War II, and they were married on Dec. 24, 1942, on his first leave from the service. She followed him to his training school at Minnesota and later to San Diego, California. She worked at department stores wherever they traveled, and they lived in California for a year until Alfred was shipped overseas to a repair base in Admiralty Islands in the Pacific. Lolita then returned to Baraboo and again worked in the food department at the B.O.W. Plant until the end of WW II. When Alfred returned home from the war, together they bought the Lower Narrows Orchard in 1946, which they ran until health problems caused Alfred to retire from the orchard and turned the farm over to his son, Ronald.
They continued to live on the farm but changed to raising garden produce to sell at the market days when it was first started in Baraboo many years ago. Some of the many hobbies of Lolita were knitting, crocheting and sewing. She made hundreds of stuffed animals to sell at the market stand and craft sales she attended. She also knitted caps and mittens to sell and give to the needy. She sewed and pieced many large quits to give to grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends. She loved gardening, canning and freezing the many produce they raised. Last but not least she always had her flock of laying hens, first it was in the hundreds but in later years it was in the 50s, but she had to have her chickens right to the end. Her family will always remember her for her unwavering love, loyalty and dedication for her family.
Lolita is survived by her two sons, Ronald and Philip of Baraboo; daughter, Marion DeShazo; two grandchildren, Richard (Amanda) DeShazo and Lisa (Mike) Mayfield, all of Texas; as well as five great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister, Adeline Gendreau of Florida; many nieces, nephews; cousins; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Alfred in October 2000; sister, Elaine Zinke in 2014; brother, Donovan in 2017; a sister-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Tim Kuske officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.