Eldred “Al” Thola, 96, of Charlotte, IA and Donna, TX, passed away on March 2, 2022 at McAllen
Heart Hospital in Texas surrounded by his family.
A visitation will be held on Friday. May 27, 2022 from 5:00-7:30 pm at Dawson Funeral Services in Maquoketa. His Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 28 at Assumption Catholic Church in Charlotte. Burial with Military Honors will be at Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Charlotte,
Eldred Arnold Thola was born on January 1, 1926 to Albert and Florence (Becker) Thola in
Cottonville, rural Bellevue, IA. In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served
faithfully and honorably during WWII. On October 26, 1950 he was united in marriage to the love of
his life Janiece Till at St. John’s Church in Andrew. They were married for 68 years until her passing
in 2019. In his lifetime, he owned an electrical business, farmed near Preston, and was an earth
moving contractor. Al was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Charlotte. He loved to travel
and spend his winters in south Texas.
Those left to cherish his memory are his two daughters: Connie (Ron) Spitznagel of Gainesville, FL
and Lois Gebben of DeBary, FL; a son Wayne (Margaret) Thola of Preston, IA; eight grandchildren;
a great-grandaughter; a sister Helen (Gerald) Kilburg of Oklahoma; a brother John Thola of
Charlotte; three brothers-in-law: Richard (Eunice) Till, Eldon (Virginia) Till, and Merwin Monner;
and two sisters-in-law: Naomi Till and Arlene Till.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Janiece; two brothers: Melvin and Raymond; a sister
Donna Unsen; and sisters- and brothers-in-law: Merlin (Gwendola) Till, Darlene (Norman) Kilburg,
Shirley Monner, Lowell Till, and Lavern Till.
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