Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)

Well I ain’t afraid of dying it’s the thought of being dead
I want to go on being me once my eulogy’s been read
Don’t spread my ashes out to sea don’t lay me down to rest
You can put my mind at ease if you fill my last request
Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die
Lord I want to go to heaven but I don’t want to go tonight
Fill my boots up with sand put a stiff drink in my hand
Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die
Just let my headstone be a neon sign
Just let it burn in mem’ry of all of my good times
Fix me up with a mannequin just remember I like blondes
I’ll be the life of the party even when I’m dead and gone
Prop me up…
Just make your next selection and while you’re still in line
You can pay your last respects one quarter at a time
Prop me up…
Prop me up…
Oh prop me up beside the jukebox if I die


Lila Virginia Ahlf, 96.5 years old to the day, earned her new dancing shoes on November 5, 2019. Known as G.G. to most everyone – was born May 5, 1923. She was married to Robert Ahlf and had two children, Ronald Ahlf and daughter Cheryl (Ahlf) Maki.

G.G. always smiled at you and called everyone honey – she did not have a mean bone in her body. She lived life in Northern WI until Bob and her retired to warmer weather in Port Richey, FL. They loved FL and had many great friends there. They loved dancing at the VFW, American Legion and F.O.E. They would vacation to MT (driving) and call from the F.O.E. in the Heights – saying they were in town – before making it to Cheryl’s house!

Bob died in August 1993. Time passed and G.G. grieved, she went on with life – shopping, dancing, dating and becoming a fan of White Zinfandel (with ice)!

G.G. was blessed with good health – exception being nasty arthritis. She simply died of old age! On the early evening of her passing a 17-piece band playing Christmas music in the lobby of Avantara sent her off to heaven. With her passing G.G. took tiny pieces of many of our hearts with her.

G.G. had several sayings – a few favorites are: “my name is Virginia, you can call me Virgin for short, but not for long”; “give my love to the family”; and if she agree with you she would say “God damn right”!

G.G. is survived by her daughter Cheryl (ex-son in law Ron) Maki – their children Aaron (Abby) Maki and family; Natalie (Kim) Lechner and family; grandchildren Kari Dose and family; Ronnie (Laura) Ahlf and Jeff Ahlf; 7 great grand children and 3 great, great grandchildren. As well as cousin Barb Muzzareilla and all the residents and staff of Avantara – Billings.

G.G. is proceeded in death by her parents: mother Frieda Hearle; father William Hearle; her husband Robert Ahlf; her son Ronald Ahlf and his wife Mary Ahlf and grandson Bobby Ahlf.

A memorial service will be held in Billings, MT at Avantara on Central Avenue, Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2pm.