May 31, 1942 to January 16, 2022
Constance Olida Golla Schroller passed away at Sharp Medical Center in Chula Vista, CA succumbing to sepsis after a minor procedure. She lived at the Veterans Home of Chula Vista for the prior two years, but had resided in sunny (and warm) Orange County for most of her adult life
Born in Cloquet, MN to Gail and Peter Golla, Connie graduated from Cloquet High School in 1960. She then joined the Marine Corps and got to see different parts of the country from Parris Island, S.C. to Pearl City, HI. She finished her college degree years later while raising her son and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Despite her psychology degree, Connie was a realtor at heart and spent over 20 years as an agent in California and a few years in Minnesota. Other highlights of her work life included teaching 3rd grade for several years after retiring from real estate and later working for the Gallup Poll.
In her personal life, she spent many years singing in the Crystal Cathedral choir during Dr. Robert Schuller’s ministry. She was also a blood plasma donor and she enjoyed painting ceramics (including making the centerpieces at her son’s wedding reception). Later in life, she became president of the CA-5 Chapter of the Women Marines Association.
Connie is survived by her son Karl Schroller, his wife Linda, and her grandsons Paul and Mark in Orange County, CA as well as her daughter Denise Blanchard in Orange County, FL.
Also surviving Connie are her four siblings Yvonne (Duane) Bastien in Cloquet, MN, Robert Golla in Duluth, MN, Clara (Merle) Keopple in Rice Lake, WI and Doris (Freddy) Idbayeh in Santa Ana, CA and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews across the country.
A memorial service will be held in the future with final interment planned at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to her beloved Women Marines Association.