In loving memory of

Lola Bertha Retka
January 23, 1926 - March 27, 2021

Obituary Notice
Lola Bertha Retka

Lola Bertha Retka, 95, of Little Falls, died Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Little Falls Care Center. A visitation will be at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service on Monday, April 5 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A funeral service will be held April 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service with Father Mark Botzet officiating. Interment will be in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 6.

Lola Bertha Mealman was born on January 23, 1926 in Cameron Township, Murray County to the late Roy and Gertrude (Nobbe) Mealman. She attended rural country school until the eighth grade. She worked in Minneapolis for a short time as a nanny and then moved to St. Paul. During her time in St. Paul, she assembled P38 Lightning Airplanes during the war. She attended beauty school and received her beautician's license. Lola moved to Little Falls in 1946. She was united in marriage to Henry Retka on May 29, 1948 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. After living in town for a few years, the couple made their home on Great River Road. She worked as a beautician at "Cora's Beauty Shop" for a couple of years. She then went to work for Crestliner Boats, where she worked for 15 years inspecting boats. Lola also worked at West Discount Liquor for several years. She accomplished many things in life that she would never would have imagined she would be able to do. Lola had a love of travel and traveled the world from, Africa, to climbing the Great Wall of China, Russia, Greece, Europe and the United States. Her trips to Las Vegas, Laughlin and the local casinos were special to her. She was a rules follower and a wonderful mathematician. She loved a good piece of pizza, a game of Yahtzee, sewing, quilting and especially baking. The children could always count on Mom having a project for them to help with whenever they would visit. Lola was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers and funeral lunch helper.

She is survived by children, Sharon (Mike) Smieja of Rice, MN, Gordon Retka of Little Falls, Gerald (Lisa) Retka of Little Falls, Sandra (Dennis) Dickson of Coon Rapids, Gene (Lindalee) Retka of Little Falls; sisters, Erma Ogren of Springfield, MO and Jane Williams of Lakeville; grandchildren, Michelle, Heather, Michael, Garrett, Tanya, Kristin, Marae, Aubrie, Eric, Jarrek, Bianca, Zebulon and Elijah; 15 great grandchildren and one on the way.

She was preceded in death by parents; husband; daughter-in-law, Linda; siblings, Albert Mealman, Earl Mealman, Charles Mealman, Nettie Mealman, Edna Trabaunt and Betty Fuller.


Claudette Moran wrote on Apr 5, 2021:

"Prayers and condolences go out to the entire Retka family. Blessed be her memory."

Ken and Linda LeBlanc wrote on Apr 4, 2021:

"To all the Retka family, Ken and I are so sorry for your loss. We send you our love and prayers. Ken and Linda LeBlanc and Family"

Roger and Michelle Schneider wrote on Apr 1, 2021:

"Gerald, Lisa and the entire Retka families - Sending our thoughts and prayers to you all, during this difficult time. Cherish those memories and May She Rest in Peace."

Bev Gangl wrote on Mar 30, 2021:

"Our sympathy and prayers to the Retka family. Hugs! Mike and Bev (Zak) Gangl"

Connie Fenske wrote on Mar 30, 2021:

"Gerald, Lisa & family...we are thinking of you at this time of loss. May your mother rest in peace and may you find peace in your hearts. Dan & Connie Fenske"

Sandy Nelson wrote on Mar 29, 2021:

"I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. You are in my prayers."

Ken and Kathy Garrison Kliss wrote on Mar 29, 2021:

"So sorry for the loss of your Mom. "

Debbie Jelinski-Harakel wrote on Mar 29, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss, may she rest in peace. God Bless you all."

Richard & Mary Schneider wrote on Mar 29, 2021:

"To the Lola Retka family: our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Retka family in the great loss of there mother, & grandmother. She was a great & caring person. May she Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father in heaven. God bless her entire family. "

Carol wrote on Mar 29, 2021:

"So sorry for ur loss"

Charlie and Dianne Ledbetter wrote on Mar 29, 2021:

"our sympathy and prayers on the devastating loss of your loved one Charlie and Dianne Ledbetter"

Carol wrote on Mar 29, 2021:

"So sorry for ur loss....Carol Nelson"