Guglietta, Lola Jane Welsh

Lola Jane Welsh Guglietta
October 14, 1923 to July 10, 2020
Lola Jane passed away peacefully at home having lived a long and spirited life. Born in Vassar Michigan to parents Glenn Leo Welsh and Leta Jane Hixon Welsh.
After graduating from Michigan State College in 1944 she moved to Hartford Connecticut to explore new horizons. That is where her interest in flying brought her to meet her future husband Francis “Frank” Guglietta, who was a partner in Hartford Aviation at Brainard Field.
During World War II Lola worked for Hamilton Standard doing mathematical calculations and also volunteered helping soldiers blinded in the War who were recovering at Avon Old Farms School. Shortly after the War she married on September 12, 1948.
Lola is survived by her 4 sons: Frank Erwin Guglietta and his wife Susan of South Glastonbury CT; Peter Glenn Guglietta of Farmington, CT; Jon Robin Guglietta and his wife Judy of Harwinton CT; and Glenn Welsh Guglietta and his wife Katie of Payson AZ. Lola has 6 grandchildren: Daniel Guglietta and his wife Kelly of Bristol, CT; Julie Carzello and her husband Paul of West Suffield, CT and Lola Jane Szydlo and her husband Matt of Harwinton, CT; Glenn Guglietta II and his wife Devon of Hamilton MT; Nicholas Guglietta of Washington DC and Jeremy Fluegel and his wife Amanda. Lola’s great grandchildren are: Carissa Guglietta, Kerri Guglietta, Ryan Carzello, Dylan Carzello, Sadie Boss, Oliver Szydlo, Alexis Fluegel, Madison Fluegel, Haley Fuegel and is expecting a new great grandson from her grandson Glenn Guglietta.
After the birth of her children Lola remained at home raising her 4 boys in their Lake Garda home. She was a great mom who became the Den Mother to the neighborhood boys where she shared her love of art with them doing many varied and interesting projects.
She was very active in the community. Her activism started with her concern of School Bus safety when she observed the process of loading and unloading of school busses once her children began attending school. Taking her 8mm camera she filmed the processes and presented her finds and concerns to the Farmington Board of Education, which resulted in important improvements in school bus safety.
In 1962 she began her teaching career at West District School in Farmington, first as a substitute teacher and later as a 2 and 3rd grade teacher until she retired in 1994.
It was after her retirement that she began to pursue her lifelong interest in Art. Lola received an associate’s degree in fine arts from Tunxis Community College and a bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Hartford. She spent her retirement years painting and sculpturing. Lola spent the winters at her Mesa Arizona home where she enjoyed hiking in the desert and eating fresh oranges from her orange tree in the front yard.
Funeral services will be held Thursday July 16, 2020 in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville at 10:00am with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. Friends may call prior to the service at the Ahern Funeral Home from 8:30am until 10:00am
Lola will be missed by her family and remembered for the many ways she touched their lives. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd, Bristol CT 06010.

Calling Hours

Thursday July 16, 2020 from 8:30-10:00am

Funeral Service

Thursday July 16, 2020 at 10:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, ~ Unionville


Riverside Cemetery ~ Farmington

Memorial Contribution

Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd, Bristol CT 06010.

2 Responses to 'Guglietta, Lola Jane Welsh'

  1. Jeanne Morascini says:

    I met Lola many years ago as a Delta Kappa Gamma sister. She was always optimistic but it was her warm smiling eyes that made her an instant friend. We always sought out each other at meetings for an update and a caring chat.
    Her art work was beautiful and she generously contributed items to our scholarship fund raising raffles.
    Lola will be missed by many. Sincere sympathy to her children and grandchildren.

  2. Linda Carucci says:

    Rest in peace, Aunt Lola. I will never forget you.

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