Zola L. Tolman, 83, of Overland Park, Kansas passed on October 23, 2019 from a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Zola was born to Charlie and Daisy LeSage on January 13, 1936 on the family farm in Rooks County, Kansas. Upon graduation from Stockton Kansas High School, she moved to Kansas City with her child hood friend, Shirley Reed, and worked as a dental assistant.  She married Bud Tolman in 1960.  Other than a short stint in Denver, where Zola worked at home taking care of her first born as Bud traveled, they lived together in Overland Park, Kansas most of their lives.  Together they raised 2 children.

She leaves, as her legacy, 2 children: Lori Kowalski, and Grant Tolman (Anjanette) as well as 3 grandchildren, Chloe Kowalski and Grayson & Annie Tolman.  Her children remember her as a loving mother, and a strong woman who loved big city living; away from small town farming.  Zola was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bud, as well as her identical twin sister Nola Odle and brothers Vyrl and Dean LeSage.

Zola was a supportive wife to Bud and had an active social life.  She was an excellent cook and loved to entertain;  careful to always accommodate her guests with only the finest china, crystal and sterling silver. She was also an active member and officer of the Tri Psi Sorority, as a mother of a Tri Delta. She was known to all as a loyal friend and her front door was always open. Neighbors and friends regularly dropped in for merrymaking as the White Zin was always on hand.

Zola and her identical twin Nola lived most of their lives in Johnson County, Kansas. It was never a dull moment with friends, kids or just about anyone, mixing up their two faces, including her grandchildren, which triggered a lot of comedy.

In Zola’s later years she travelled with her husband to Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean. And, her lifelong fear of water didn’t stop her from sharing a white water rafting excursion with Bud.  She was always beside her husband and now they are joined together again.

Services to honor Zola are scheduled in Stockton, Kansas on October 30th, with a visitation at 12:00 noon and funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Street Christian Church. Assistance by Funeral Advocates.LLC.


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