Leola Loree Janssen, 89, of Syracuse went to her eternal home on Nov. 27, 2018. She was born in Athol, Kan., on Oct. 13, 1929, the 11th and youngest child of Fred and Minnie Zabel. In 1941, she moved to Cook with her parents and graduated from Cook High School in 1947. After graduation she was employed at the Continental National Bank in Lincoln.
Leola married Dale Janssen at Luther Memorial Church in Syracuse on Sept. 8, 1950. Leola was first and foremost a busy homemaker, raising five children and making home life comfortable for all. She spent many hours volunteering at her church, The Good Samaritan Center and delivering for Meals on Wheels. Leola enjoyed time spent with family and friends at cards and golf. In her later years, Leola especially enjoyed the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom lovingly referred to her as “Grandma Ola.”
Left to continue Leola’s legacy are her husband of 68 years, Dale, daughter Nadine (Mike) Durnal, sons Wes (Terri), Ray (Patty) and Don (Kathi) Janssen. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren Erin (Jason) Vyhildal, Ella, Blake and Bryn; Leslie (Jeff) Nekola, Connor, Tayten and Evyn; Kevin (Katie) Grosshans, Henry, William and Annie; Laurel (Zeb) Kreifels and Kaita; Phil (Codey) Janssen, Brooks, Oakley and Lincoln; Wade (Jill) Janssen, Walker, Harper and Bodie; Allison (Darin) Kelberlau, Hayden and Kate; Jocelyn (Andy) Pearson, Clara and Max; Barry (Jenny) Janssen, Will, Jake, Drew and Leah; Rachel (Nick) Zorn; Ashley (Mitch) Shea; Haley Janssen; Levi (Ally) Durnal; Mariah Durnal (Shawn Boley), Matthew and Abbee; many nieces and nephews.
Welcoming Leola to heaven are daughter Linda Janssen; parents; brothers Elmer, Earl, Lawrence (Evelyn), Ray (Fran) and Ralph (Johnnie) Zabel; sisters Esther (Elmer) Bose, Wilma Zabel, Verna (John) Flora, Arlene (Art) Higgins, and Lois (Dick) Busche.
A celebration of Life service was to be 10:30 a.m., Friday (11-30-18) at Luther Memorial Church, 1162 Mohawk St, Syracuse, with burial to follow. Visitation was to be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home. Family was to greet friends at the church from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening. Memorials can be directed to Luther Memorial Church, The Children’s Home Project or family discretion. Condolences may be left online at fusselmanallenharvey.com