MADISON- Viola Reiner passed away at Oakwood Village East on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, two days before her much awaited 109th birthday.
When asked to what she owed her longevity she would reply: “Well…….I never married”. She was born on Feb. 20, 1905, in Colby, Wis., to Walter and Wilhelmina (Minnie Oncken) Reiner. When Viola was three the family moved to a farm on Madison’s near east side where she resided until moving to East Johnson Street with her mother and brother Wallace in 1939. Viola attended Seminary Springs, a one room grade school, and graduated from Madison East High School in 1924, as a member of its second commencement class.
After graduation, she worked briefly for the Telephone Company and Rayovac before becoming employed by the Department of Motor Vehicles for 42 years, retiring at age 65.
Viola enjoyed traveling, a highlight of which was her trip to Europe. She also enjoyed reading, walking, holidays and visiting with her family and friends, and celebrating her birthday. She was always ready for a good game of Euchre. Viola was a kind and caring person who thought a great deal of family. When we reminisced about family events gone by, she was the one who would provide the details no one else could recall.
Viola was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Madison, where she was confirmed in 1919. She was also a proud member of VFW Post Auxiliary No.1318.
Viola is survived by her nieces, Beverly (Rodney) Homburg and Karen Reiner; a nephew, Earl (Mary) Reiner; and many other family and friends who loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Anetta; brothers, Earl, Wallace and Wilbert; and a nephew, Charles Reiner.
Funeral Services will be held at OAKWOOD VILLAGE PRAIRIE RIDGE, 5565 Tancho Dr, Madison, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. A private burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held at Oakwood Village from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday.
Memorials in Viola’s name may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Oakwood Foundation or your charity of choice.
Viola enjoyed her nearly 14 years at Oakwood Village East, moving into Prairie Apartments in 2000. Viola’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Oakwood who not only cared for her but loved her. Thanks also to Agrace HospiceCare for attending to her in her final days.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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