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JOHNSON, Viola 1926-2013


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/9/2017 at 22:48:42

Viola Harriett Johnson, age 87, of Parkersburg, was born the daughter of Henry and Grace (Meyer) Meester on August 27, 1926, on the family farm in Colfax Township Grundy County. She attended country school in the Pleasant Valley Township.

On August 24, 1950 Viola was united in marriage with Herbert Johnson at the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church. They made their home on the Johnson family farm for one and a half years before moving to the Meyer family farm near Buck Grove. Viola helped with the farm work including the milking. She also cared for her home and family, canned and enjoyed gardening, especially growing flowers and she enjoyed watching birds. Viola was always there to greet her children when they arrived home from school.

Viola attended the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church, was an active member of the Ladies Aide and she also taught Bible School. Along with reading her Bible daily, she also enjoyed baking, knitting, quilting and ceramics. Viola had fond memories of fishing in Canada and at the cabin at Lake Rathbun. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Viola had a good heart and was always willing to help others.

Viola died October 4, 2013 at Grundy County Hospital Long Term Care in Grundy Center, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Johnson; her parents; one brother, Melvin Meester; an infant sister, Marilyn Jean Meester; a sister, Matilda Schmitt and a son-in-law, Wayne Meister.

Viola is survived by four children, LuRae Johnson of Wellsburg, LuDean Johnson of Aplington, Karen Meister of Eldora and Vernon (Lynda) Johnson of Wellsburg; 12 grandchildren, Thadeus (Paula) Johnson, Mariah (friend, Cody) Johnson, Nathaniel (Bridget) Johnson, Gabriel (friend, Brittany), and Isaiah Johnson, Heath (Heidi) Mitchell, Trent (friend, Heather) and Tyson Mitchell, Codie, Hollie, Alyce and Grant Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Allen, Trevor, and Ivan Johnson, Levi Mitchell, Alannah and Caleb Johnson; one brother, Harlan (friend, MaryAnn) Meester of Grundy Center; one sister, Johanna (Cornelius) Schmitt of Dike; one sister-in-law, Merla Meester of Parkersburg.

Funeral Services will be 1:30 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Reformed Church with burial in the church cemetery, both in rural Holland.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

--Redman-Schwartz Funeral Homes (www.redman-schwartz.com)


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