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Lola Krouse Obituary
LOLA KROUSE Lola Pinta Krouse, 70, of Las Vegas, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her home, Sunday Feb. 13, 2011. She was born, June 15, 1940, in Paris France. The first day of German occupation, and because of this she could not be declared French. Her citizenship was listed as Polish Jew. It was not a good time to be born, but god watched over her and protected her on her journey. She survived her first five years and the Gestapo by running, and hiding in unimaginable places underground, and by the mercy of some wonderful people risking their own lives, and the nuns that sheltered her and her older brother. Her first magical memory that stayed with her forever, was of American and French Flags flying in the Champs Elysees, and of an American Soldier who gave her, her very first piece of candy. As a teenager she followed her older brother to Israel, and actually joined the Israeli Army. At 21 she was back in Paris, and someone saw her smile and offered her the chance to make a toothpaste commercial. From there she was offered roles in Italian films, which led her to a small part in the film Cleopatra in 1963. And although its not widely known, she doubled for Elizabeth Taylor in the massage scene, in which Miss Taylor was supposed to appear naked. In 1964 she went to New York and made some more commercials. Then in October of 1965 she came to Las Vegas. Lola liked Vegas, and the gambling city liked her. She compared Vegas favorably with cities such as Paris, Rome and New York. "It's one of the greatest cities in the world." She said. In Las Vegas, then Miss Pinta first toured the major clubs on the strip with a modern dance routine. And also worked cocktails at the brand new Union Plaza. It was in Las Vegas where she met her husband of 39 years, a highly decorated World War II U.S. Naval Officer Michael Krouse, who preceded her in death in 2008. Her later years were spent sharing her heart of gold with her family and friends. She is survived by her son, Michael (Lisa) Krouse; granddaughters; Isabella and Seraphina; and her dog, Coco. Viewing and Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Palm Mortuary-1600 S. Jones Blvd. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia. Donations can be made to the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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