Iola Lois (Berentson) LEVANG 1923-2015

Feb. 14, 1923 ~ April 7, 2015
Iola, 92, passed away quietly and is now at home with her husband of 44 years, Olav, who passed away in 1999.

Iola was born on Valentine’s Day in Pemberton, Minnesota to Sanford and Ida Berentson. She was Baptized March 6, 1923 at Medo Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Minnesota. The couple moved their family (Pearl, Lorraine, Iola, Oliver and Betty) to Ferndale, Washington in 1939. Iola graduated from Ferndale High School in 1941 and went on to complete secretarial coursework at Bellingham Business College.

While living In Anacortes she met Roy Williams. They were married in April of 1946 and their daughter, Karin Williams (Levang) Enger, was born December 1947. Roy and Iola were divorced in 1953.

After moving to Seattle, Iola was introduced to her sister Lorraine's fiance’s brother, Olav Levang. In a joint wedding ceremony November 23, 1955, the sisters married the brothers. Iola and Olav bought their first home near Lincoln Park in West Seattle in 1955. Their three children, Nancy, Arne and Linda Levang have fond memories of this home.

Iola will be remembered as a generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all who were a part of her life. Her memory will live forever in the hearts of those who loved her. Iola is survived by her daughters, Karin Enger of West Seattle, Nancy Wittman of Federal Way and Linda Warber of West Seattle; son, Arne Levang of La Connor; four granddaughters; four grandsons; five great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

Iola’s memorial service will be Saturday, May 2, 2015, 4 p.m., at Light of Christ Lutheran Church, 2400 SW 344th Street, Federal Way, WA 98023. In lieu of flowers, Iola would have appreciated remembrances to support our Disabled American Veterans ( or call 877-647-8387.

Published in The West Seattle Herald Section of The Westside Weekly April 24, 2015