Adelheid "Heidi" Lolies
9-1-1936 - 4-23-2022
Adelheid, Heidi as she was called, was a beloved wife, a devoted and supportive mother to two children and two grandchildren, a caring godmother, a sister to six siblings, and an aunt and friend to many. She grew up as a Catholic in very small rural towns in Germany during WWII. Adelheid was a beautiful, sweet yet mischievous child, whose intelligence shined as a straight-A-student, fluent in 3 languages. In addition to school, she helped tend to their families many farms, acres of crops, and animals, helped her younger siblings with their studies, and helped care for her father, stricken with leukemia. In her teens, she was offered a full college scholarship, but due to family obligations could not accept. At 17, she survived 1 year of hospital quarantine for tuberculosis. At 20, Adelheid independently emigrated to Montreal, Canada, and ultimately settled in Ontario. Not long after, she married the man of her dreams, and moved to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and then to California.
Adelheid had many careers in her life, however waitressing (sometimes two jobs at a time) brought her the most joy - serving her customer “regulars” at the Hacienda Hotel, Alpine Village, and for Marriott-Host at the LA International. Her strong work ethic, respectful business approach, and friendly personality won her many awards from her employers and their corporate suppliers.
After a serious injury left her permanently stationary and disabled, she retired and moved to San Jose, California to be closer to her family. While retired, she did everything she enjoyed the most and completely dedicated herself full-time to loving and supporting the lives of both her son and her daughter’s family as a loving mother, doting grandmother, godmother and dog lover - right up to her passing at 85 years old. Adelheid passed peacefully with her daughter by her side after a long battle with metastatic peritoneal cancer.
She is preceeded in death by her grandparents Johann Lüpken, Margareta E Niemann, Adelheid Wilkens, and Wenzeslaus Bookjans, her mother and father Johann Bookjans and Maria Lüpken-Bookjans, her parents-in-law Heino and Margaret Lolies, her brothers Wenzel Bookjans and Wilhelm Bookjans, her brother-in-law Michael Metz, her sister-in-law Inge Lolies-Poetschke, her husband Horst E.K. Lolies and her son Carlo Lolies . She is survived by her brother Johann Bookjans, her sisters, Maria Mag, Agnes Metz and Elizabeth Di Gregorio, her daughter, Monica Lolies Stipe and son-in-law Barry Stipe, granddaughters Sydney Stipe and Natalie Stipe, brother-in-law Volkert (Lila) Lolies, son/brother at heart Randy (Donna) Sauer, and many nieces/nephews and cousins, including her favorites, Sylvia Poetschke, Maria Ziegler and Marlies Hüntelmann.
Adelheid was laid to rest at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California after a private service with family and her closest friends. We welcome you to provide your thoughts and memories on our Tribute Wall.
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