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In Memoriam: Lola J. Pauly

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Lola J. Pauly passed away on December 17, 2021.  To make a memorial contribution in Lola’s name, click “In Memoriam” above.

From the obituary:

Lola J. Pauly, 96, of Aurora passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Bickford Senior Living of Aurora. She was born March 8, 1925 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of the late Dr. Charles and Leola Freeman. She is survived by her sons Dr. John Pauly of Jacksonville, FL and Dr. James Pauly (and his wife Jane) of Aurora, IL and her daughter Jo Ann Pauly of Urbana, IL; six grandchildren, Greg, Michael (Brenda), Karen (Ryan Decho), and David Pauly of Aurora, IL, Sarah (Matt) Krizmanic of Geneva, IL, and Alexis Pauly of Jacksonville, FL; and two great-granddaughters, Kate (4 years) and Quinn (2 years) Krizmanic.

Lola graduated from West Aurora High School in 1943 and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN in 1947. She married Ted Pauly, a member of the Navy V-12 Unit, shortly before graduation. After Ted completed a Dentistry degree, the couple located to Aurora where Ted opened a dental practice.

Lola was a member of the Aurora Women’s Club, American Association of University Women, Child Welfare Society, and the Rush-Copley Volunteer Organization. She was a volunteer at Freeman Elementary School Learning Center and Washington Middle School Learning Center. Lola was employed at Dreyer Medical Clinic for 15 years.

Lola was an avid reader and an ardent Chicago Bears fan. She enjoyed traveling (48 contiguous states, Hawaii and Western Europe), photography and following her grandchildren’s sports activities. Lola kept a plaque on her kitchen wall that she would often point to with the motto “My mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts.” That captures her stubborn independence as well as her sense of humor and self-aware perspective.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 1:00pm until time of service 2:00pm at The Healy Chapel, 332 Downer Pl, Aurora, IL 60506. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, Lola requested that donations be made in her memory to Rush-Copley Volunteer Organization ( and Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley (

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