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Viola Diers, while residing at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center, was called to her eternal rest Aug. 4, 2003 following a brief illness. She had reached the age of 90 years, 2 months, and 4 days.
Viola was born May 31, 1913 in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the daughter of Wilhelm and Johanna (Lehmann) Luedke.
She was baptized by Rev. Theo. Rolf at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hollywood Township June 8, 1913 and confirmed in her faith at that same church April 10, 1927 by Reverend W.L. Ernst.
She was united in marriage Nov. 17, 1935, to Rueben Diers at St. James Lutheran Church by Rev C.G. Seltz. Their year and a half marriage was blessed with the birth of a son.
She made her home on a farm south of Howard Lake and enjoyed gardening especially growing flowers and a variety of zinnias. Going to parades was also a favorite past time of hers.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Johanna Luedke; Rueben Diers; brothers Eugene Luedke, Arthur Luedke, Gustave Luedke, Gerhard Luedke, Paul Luedke and Bernard Luedke; sisters Franziska Narr and Hannah Narr.
Viola is further preceded in death by three brothers-in-law John Narr, Edwin Narr, Sr., and Edwin Klammer; and three sisters-in-law, Nellie Luedke, Frieda Luedke, and Laura Luedke.
She is survived by her son, Harland Diers and wife Caroline of Paynesville; one sister, Elsie Klammer of Howard Lake; two sisters-in-law, Ardis Luedke of Delano and Dorothy Luedke of Brooklyn Park;
Viola is further survived by five grandchildren Kenneth Diers of St. Michael, William Diers of Clear Lake, James (Nancy) Diers of Maple Grove, Pamela (Michael) Sorhage of Tampa, Fla., and Candace (Keith) Bohlman of Anoka; 11 great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives, and friends.
Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.
The organist was Nancy Butterfass, with special music by soloist Marge Stueven. Interment was at the St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery on Dutch Lake.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Diers, William Diers, James Diers, Dennis Klammer, Candace Bohlman, and Pamela Sorhage. Honorary pallbearers were LeRoy Luedke, Marvin Luedke, Gerald Miller, Keith Bohlman, Edwin Narr, Jr., and Roland Narr.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.