OBITUARY

Lola E Jackson Reed Langford

21 October, 193519 September, 2021
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Lola E Langford, age 85, of Hudson, Wisconsin passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Lola Jackson was born in Grand Bay, Alabama to Virginia and Jim Jackson. She married Sonny Reed in 1951; Sonny died in 1986. They lived in Chicago before moving to Minnesota, where Lola worked for the USPS. She was the first woman elected president of her local APWU, and first female president of the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly –AFL-CIO. Lola was chosen by Governor Arne Carlson as one of the twenty most outstanding women in Minnesota, and was chosen Senior Royalty by the St. Paul Winter Carnival Association. She was appointed to the first Police-Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission, served on the Executive Board of the United Way, was an Arbitration Advocate for the Postal Workers Union, and was on the Board of Directors of the St. Paul Postal Employees Credit Union.

After retirement Lola moved to Washington D.C., becoming a business agent for American Federation of Government Employees. She met Bill and Hilary Clinton, and Al Gore, having dinner at the White House and Vice President’s mansion. She met her husband John Langford; they married in 2005. The couple moved to Wisconsin to be with family, there Lola volunteered for many organizations, started the local APWU retirement chapter, spent time at Pathfinder Village, and worked as a bus driver for Hudson Schools.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents Virginia and Jim Jackson, infant sister Daisy Lee, and husband Sonny Reed. She is survived by husband, John, and children, Tom Reed (Peggy), Sue Pearson (Scott), Joe Reed (Michelle), Jane Masterman (Robin), Jodi McManus (Bryon), Jeff Reed (Tracey), step-children Paul Langford (Janice), and Debbie Johnson (Mitch); siblings George Jackson, Hilda Hickman, and Gloria Jackson; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM with Visitation from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Dr, Woodbury, Minnesota 55125. (Funeral Home Capacity = 100)

For those who wish to view remotely, the service will be recorded and placed on the Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home Facebook Page for viewing as soon as service has ended, around 2 pm Saturday. Reception to follow. Mask wearing is required.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.WulffWoodburyFuneralHome.com for the Langford family.

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Arthur Luby

1 October 2021

Lola was one of the most intelligent and talented union leaders I ever worked with. She stood up for her members and didn't back down to management, so much so that I once had to travel to St Paul to deal with a postal official who, unable to out answer her logically, insisted on physically ejecting her from the premises, thereby putting the whole office in an uproar. She ended up winning her point as she normally did. Lola was also funny, never full of herself, and always compassionate. I will miss her.

Darryl Anderson

30 September 2021

Lola will be remembered for many reasons. She was beautiful, strong, fearless and one of a kind. I first met Lola in the early 1980's, around the time when, as St. Paul Local President, she refused to stop advocating for her people and the postmaster had her carried out of the building. She had to restrain her members from physically attacking the postal inspectors. Another story I love is of Lola at a local membership meeting where officer nominations were being taken. Lola was nominated to continue serving as Local President, so she dutifully wrote her name on the board in front of the room. Then someone else was nominated, so Lola wrote his name up and erased hers. The other nominee quickly declined to run and Lola was elected without opposition. She was one of a kind!

Rick Gallo

25 September 2021

I received the news of Lola’s passing with both shock and sadness. While I have known Lola for around 40 years, our communications had reduced to an annual exchange of Christmas cards, and an occasional e-mail back-and-forth, usually connected to a retiree article she had written in the St. Paul APWU newsletter. Nevertheless, I immediately recalled our many encounters at various APWU functions. I remember Lola very fondly on a variety of levels. I remember the drinking, sometimes into the wee hours in hospitality rooms, and Glenfiddich. I remember Lola being a very studious and dedicated union representative; always the consummate professional. Lola could be the sweetest person in the world; but she could also be tenacious adversary to postal management. She came to Kenosha once as an arbitration advocate to present a case covering some 1,600 grievances we had initiated. She ultimately prevailed in that case, becoming instantly endeared to Kenosha members for winning our “no-lunch” arbitration. Our members continue to benefit (even today) from that decision on a daily basis. She was always proud of her Alabama roots. I was also aware of her service on the Police and Fire Commission, as well as the gun in her purse. I also know how proud she was of her kids and grandchildren. I will forever remember her as a leader, as a truly caring and good person, but most of all, as my friend. May she rest in peace.

Laurel Larison

25 September 2021

My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. Heaven has gained another angel

Charles Willcox sr

25 September 2021


John,Tom, Sue,Joey,Jane,Jod i & Jeff, and all of your families,
I pray this morning and for many days & years to come that y'all all be comforted by Jesus in remembering that very special
person,Lola, in all of our lives. She spent her entire life thinking of others and supporting them. May God receive her into her eternal rewards.
I will never forget those special days with her & Uncle Sonny right before they married. The two of them took Bobby & I for ice cream at the Loop in Mobile. A day or so later we all went to a "club" , underage ,except Sonny, and had a great time dancing.
They borrowed Daddy's 1947 Chevy coupe to go on their honeymoon.
The most special time was the train trip to St Paul in summer of 1956 with Real Mama & Bobby & I, the state fair, touring the Toni factory, farm at Stillwater, & road trip to Canada.
Thanks for the memories Aunt Lola !!! 🥰🥰🥰

Thomas Edwards

23 September 2021

My deepest sympathy. Lola was my mentor and friend. It was her that gave me my chance at representing the APWU and its members. She taught me many things in the 3 plus decades I've kniwn her , but none more profound than "1 is too many and 100 isn't enough." I will miss her ,her leadership ,humor and humanity.

Todd Elkerton

23 September 2021

I want send condolences and strength and comfort to Lola’s family on behalf of the members and retirees of the St. Paul MN Area Local American Postal Workers Union. Lola dedicated her life standing up for postal workers in our struggles for dignity and respect. Her leadership and insights will be greatly missed. I will always view her as a dedicated Union leader and working class hero.

Angie/Angle she called me Reed

23 September 2021

I have so many...
I spent a lot of summers in Minnesota. A few times gramma drove down to visit, then we would drive back together. We were somewhere in New Mexico and we needed a potty stop. It was pitch black, late and literally in the middle of nowhere. I was probably 16-17 and I was with my elderly grandmother. I started to get a little scared thinking about my poor old gramma, I said to her “gram maybe we should wait for the next place”. She reached in the the van and pulls out a pistol, I laugh out loud. I don’t why I ever thought I had to worry about Lola, she was legit the baddest lady I’ve ever known. That was how she was, ready to stand up to protect her loved ones and basically anyone who need protecting or a helping hand. I love you always gramma spot!!! You will be with all of us forever.

Lee/Dianne McManus

22 September 2021

I was fortunate to meet my bonus Granma approximately 37 years ago and from the very first beginning knew I was loved unconditional.
Dianne met her a few months later because Granma Lola worked her magic for an out of state young guy to perform at the Minnesota State Fair. And the rest is history. We loved her fiesta spunk and straight forward approach to life. As we would tell folks wanting to discuss life’s issues, don’t ask Granma Lola unless you want the real truth because she was going to give it with no sugar coating! We were extremely proud to know her and everything she has accomplished in life! She loved music and we were honored that she allowed us to perform for her and John’s big birthday parties and we know right now at this very moment she is cutting a rug and dancing till her hearts content. We love and will miss you greatly !!
Until we meet again …love you Granma Lola!!!!!

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