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Viola M. “Ole” Schroeder

Viola M. “Ole” Schroeder, age 91, of New Germany, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. at Auburn West in Waconia.

She was born May 20, 1916, in Camden Twp., Carver County, the daughter of Albert and Minnie (Goede) Guetzkow. Viola was baptized May 28, 1916, and confirmed April 13, 1930, both at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by the Rev. Theodore Rolf.

Viola was united in marriage to Wilbert C. Schroeder June 14, 1938, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by the Rev. Theodore Rolf.

A loving wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma, Viola enjoyed baking, cooking, reading, raising chickens, and selling eggs. She will be remembered as a caregiver to many people. She also loved nature and the trees that surrounded her.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert; father and mother, Albert and Minnie Guetzkow; sister Laverna Venske, brother Willard Guetzkow, father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Emma Schroeder; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Martin and Selma Schroeder, Ewald and Erna Schroeder, Clarinda Schroeder, Ervin and Lillian Schroeder, Elmer Schroeder, Harold Schroeder, Clarence Schroeder, Ella and Erwin Loehrs, Adeline and John Pifer, and Jim Harris.

She is survived by her loving family: daughter Betty Strei of New Germany; granddaughters Vicky Strei of Chicago, Ill., and Kathy (James) Thomas of Waconia; great-grandson Matthew Thomas; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Myrtle Schroeder of New Germany, Irene Schroeder of Hutchinson, Hulda Schroeder of Mound, Glenna Harris of Yakima, Wash., and Wilma and Wayne Swigart of Great Bend, Kans.; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with the Rev. Allen Holthus officiating. Interment was at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery in New Germany.

Casket bearers were Lonnie Venske, Clinton Berge, Ryan Venske, Lawrence Schroeder, Gordon Schroeder, Delbert Schroeder, and Don Pifer.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.