Lola Lois Caldwell of West Grove

Lola Lois Caldwell, 90, of West Grove, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Jenners Pond Retirement Community in West Grove, PA.

Lola Lois Caldwell

She was born Feb. 20, 1931, in Holdenville, Okla. at home to the late Lexie Lois Mankin and John Fredrick Mankin.  She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 71 years, Edward Andrew Caldwell, daughter Kathryn Marie Schumacher (Greg), and daughter Gaila Ciccarone (Carlo). Grandma Lola (also known as MomMom) was cherished by her five grandchildren, Eric Schumacher (Yvette), Sara Field (Damon), Giancarlo Ciccarone (Lauren), Michael Ciccarone (Christine), Melina Van Brunt (Chad), and her 10 great-grandchildren, Ella Field,  Ethan Schumacher, Quinn Field, Ezra Schumacher, Levi Van Brunt, Lincoln Field, Matteo Ciccarone, Samuel Van Brunt, Giuliana Ciccarone, and Callie Ciccarone.

Lola attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, Calif., and was proud to have graduated with the class of 1949. She attended high school with her beloved cousin June and her brother Chuck and she always had happy memories of her days there and enjoyed reading the Fremont Alumni Association newsletters.

Lola met her husband-to-be in Sunnyvale. On May 20, 1950, Lola and Edward were married in a double wedding ceremony along with two of their greatest friends, in Reno, Carson City, Nev. After their daughters were born in California, the family began moving with Edward’s work assignments. This took them to Grandview, Wash. and then to the Chicago area, to Yakima, Wash. where Lola worked at Joseph’s Fruit Packing plant and then to Yorktown Heights, N.Y. where Lola was secretary to the director of programs, Taconic Correctional Facility, Bedford, N.Y. Upon retirement, the couple settled in Brevard, N.C., and then relocated to West Grove, to be closer to children.

Lola was a longtime member of a non-academic sorority known as Beta Sigma Phi whose motto is “Life, Learning and Friendship.”  Lola loved to recall stories of her childhood and liked to study history, particularly the history of the areas where her family settled.  As a hobby, she enjoyed many hours tracing her family history and lineage – with the ultimate and successful goal of becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lola loved to cook and collect recipes. She was an avid learner with an inquisitive mind.  Lola’s joy came from watching her family grow and she posted and kept almost every picture received and loved to talk about what each member was working on or doing.

The family would like to acknowledge the care and comfort provided by the staff of Friend Home-Linden Hall, Kennett Square; Jenner’s Pond-Preston Skilled Nursing, West Grove; and Willow Tree Hospice, Kennett Square.  Family and friends are asked to hold Lola in their hearts and remember the happy times spent together.  She will be dearly missed by so many.

Services and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to  the Kennett Area Senior Center, online at  or Rocky Mount State Historic Site (living history museum and the first capital of the Southwest Territory that became Tennessee.  It was the home of Lola's ancestors from the Cobb family and her Patriot for verification to the NSDAR.)

Arrangements are by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100)  Condolences may be shared at

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