Violet Wendel, age 96, of De Smet died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27th at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet on Friday, March 28th. Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Violet Minerva (Paulson) Wendel was born to Rasmus and Marie (Rasmussen) Paulson on a farm near Erwin on October 1, 1917. When she was five years old they moved to a farm by West Bethany Church. This church was where she was baptized and confirmed along with teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. Violet also attended Happy Hollow School, a country school near their farm.
Later on, Violet was hired to do housework in other houses around the area. On December 27, 1940 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Wendel in Hawarden, IA. They moved to a farm near Bancroft where they raised a family. Violet became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft. She continued being active in the church by teaching Sunday School, BibleSchool, and holding offices in ELCW. She also made banners for the church and helped make quilts.
Violet loved her family and enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and their families. They were a blessing to her.
Violet is survived by her four daughters: Karen Carlson of Lake Preston, SD; Eileen (Don) Buchanan of De Smet, SD; JoAnn (Dick) Jewell of Sturgis, SD; and Carolyn (Allan) Beyer of Madelia, MN; nine grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, nineteen step-great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
Violet is preceded in death by her parents, husband, seven sisters, four brothers, and one son-in-law, Roger Carlson.
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