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Family and friends remember Lila Warwick's life

Family and friends gathered Saturday for Lila Warwick's funeral at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar.

The family and friends gathered Saturday in Willmar to remember Lila Mae Warwick as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, community volunteer, Sunday school teacher, long-time Willmar Manufacturing employee, exercise partner and friend.

The 79-year-old grandmother was killed Monday during a robbery of her home on the outskirts of Willmar that was allegedly planned by her 17-year-old grandson.

Robert I. Warwick along with Brok N. Junkermeier, 19; and Devon J. Jenkins, 16, all of Willmar, were charged Friday in her death. All three remain in custody.

Funeral services were held for Lila Warwick Saturday afternoon at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in WIllmar. She will be buried at a later date at the Village Cemetery in Welcome.

Rev. Gregory Enterline wrote in a message to his congregation, “It's hard to believe that someone would take the life of this wonderful woman who cared so much about others and about her faith.”

Lila Mae Warwick was born May 26, 1934, in Jackson, Minnesota to Edward and Ella (Ullrich) Werner.

She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Jackson.

She attended Petersburg Consolidated School and graduated from Jackson High School in 1952. Upon graduating, she worked for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company.

She was united in marriage to Robert Warwick on Sept. 22, 1956. The couple had two children, Kent and Cheri Warwick.

The family lived in Welcome and later moved to Paullina, Iowa, where Lila continued to work for the telephone company.

In 1963, the family moved to LaCrosse, Wisc., where Lila worked for the LaCrosse Rubber Mills.

The family moved to Willmar in 1969, where Lila began a 29-year career with Willmar Manufacturing. She retired in 1998.

Lila was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, financial secretary, preschool volunteer and on the board of evangelism.