Obit: Miller, Viola D. (1924 - 2010)
Contact: Robert Lipprandt
Surnames: Bauer, Diedrich, Felber,
Ferguson, Grievey, Griepentrog, Hauser, Kops, Miller, Misener,
----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wisconsin) Wednesday, April 7, 2010, page
Miller, Viola D. (Ferguson) (October 6,
1924 - March 28, 2010)
Viola D. Miller, 85, Abbotsford, died
Sunday, March 28, 2010 at the House of the Dove with her family at
Viola was born in Dana, Iowa, on October
6, 1924, to Alvah and Caroline (Grievey) Ferguson.
She attended Dana Consolidated Elementary
and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1942.
The former Viola Ferguson married Leo
Dale Miller on September 18, 1945, at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church, Jefferson, Iowa.
The couple farmed in Greene County, Iowa
for 13 years. In 1958, they moved to a dairy farm in Colby which
they operated until 1980, then moving to Abbotsford. They owned the
Abby Car Wash from 1981 to 1989 and were co-owners for another six
Viola was a writer and received many
awards for her poetry. She began her writing career as a reporter
for the Tribune-Phonograph in the early ‘60’s. She was
a playwright for "Our Day of Recollection," a skit that is now
in the archives in Madison.
She was a member of St. Bernard’s
Catholic Church and the PCCW. She was also a member of the Sandhill
Homemakers, Clovernook and Clark County Homemakers Clubs.
In her spare time she enjoyed writing
poetry, genealogy, history, sewing, crosswords, Scrabble and
various craft projects.
Viola is survived by her children, Patrick (Carol) Miller, Wausau, Teresa(Robert) Misener, Washburn, Mary (Alan) Griepentrog, Abbotsford, Regina (Dale) Bauer, Mazomanie, Suzanne (Gary Felber) Wirre, Norwalk, Kathleen (Bryan) Hauser, Merrill, Janet (Douglas) Kops, Colby, and John (Angela) Miller, Dorchester; 23 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at St Bernard’s Catholic Church, Abbotsford. Father S. Nathan will preside. Burial will be in Abbotsford Public Cemetery, with Viola’s grandsons, David Miller, Scott Misener, Jeffrey Diedrich, Andrew Bauer, Thomas Wirrer, Jason Hauser, Anthony Kops and Jeremiah Miller serving as casket bearers. A time of visitation will be held from 4-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford, where the Rosary will be prayed at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service time at the church on Wednesday.
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