Lawrence S. Lotza

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Lawrence Sylvester Lotza was born on Dec. 13, 1942, in Monona, to Anna (Kottman) and Sylvester Lotza. Lawrence, 81 years old, passed away on April 27, 2024, at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon, with his wife Jan by his side. He passed peacefully from a heart condition that he had been struggling with this past year. 


He attended Beulah Country School and graduated from Monona-Farmersburg High School in 1960. He farmed and married Janice (Schlein) on Aug. 26, 1962. To this union they have one daughter, Deborah (Deb Dennler), born June of 1963. 


In 1967, they moved to Monona and lived there for 20 years. Lawrence was a meat cutter for Wilke’s Grocery for four years, then a plant manager for Monona Wire and finally was a security officer for 25 years at 3M in Prairie du Chien, Wis., until his retirement. 


Lawrence’s first love was farming, and in 1987 he purchased the Hazlett Farm (which originally belonged to the Hazletts since the Civil War). 


God blessed Lawrence and Jan with two grandsons, Ryan in 1982 and Brant in 1984. They lived for their grandsons, they were their sunshine. They were then blessed with three great-grandkids: Gavin, Aiden and Isabel Schoulte. 


In his spare time, he enjoyed antiquing, attending many Ray Sweeney Auctions and playing cards with friends. He loved “Watson Tractor Rides” and took both great-grandsons on the “buddy seat” of his 2510 John Deere. This past July, he was proud to have three of his six John Deeres on the Watson Ride. 


Over the years, he was active in the church. He also volunteered at the Monona Museum, which he appreciated very much. He always valued the history of our community. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Anna Lotza; his in-laws, William and Martina Schlein; his grandson, Ryan Schoulte; and brother-in-law, Jackie Schlein. 


Lawrence is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jan; his daughter Deb (Dwayne) Dennler; his grandson Brant Schoulte; and his great-grandchildren Gavin, Aiden and Isabel Schoulte. 


Visitation was on May 10, at First Baptist Church, Waukon. Funeral service was May 11, at same location.

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