Lola Ruth Koenig


Lola Koenig, formerly of Audubon, Minnesota, died of breast cancer on November 2, 2022, at Capitol City Healthcare Center in Washington, DC. She was 76 years old.

Lola Ruth Koenig and her twin sister Lois Ruby were born on June 28, 1946, The twins were four and five of seven children to John Jacob Koenig, Jr., and Leona Ruth (Seydel) Koenig and were raised on the family farm south of Audubon. Their father’s July 4th birthday meant lots of cake baking and family celebrations around those days.

Lola graduated from Audubon High School in 1964 and then from Moorhead State University in 1968 with a degree in Speech Therapy. That summer she married Ronald Kruse and moved to Rapid City, SD. They later moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL where Lola continued to reside after they divorced.

Lola later moved to the Washington, DC area where she was employed at the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art.

Lola enjoyed the outdoors and downhill skiing, her dog Paco, and everyone else’s pets. She inherited her mother’s green thumb and walked all around Washington, DC, enjoying the gardens, and even the weeds.

Lola was preceded in death by her father John (1975, age 58), mother Leona (1990, age 70); brothers John Koenig (2000, age 58), Carol (2022, age 80), Loren Koenig (2016, age 64) and James Koenig (2007, age 52). She is survived by sisters Karen (J. Scott) Baxter of Paradise, CA, twin Lois (Donald) Hejlik of Thief River Falls, MN. She is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews, several cousins, and uncle Eugene Seydel.

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