Viola (Sanderson) Welsand

Viola WelsandViola (Sanderson) Welsand age 82 of Russell passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 at her home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial is in Russell Cemetery. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Viola J. Welsand was born on August 6, 1931, on her family’s farm in Sherburne Township near Florence, Minnesota to Louis and Alma (Severson) Sanderson. She was baptized at her home in 1931 and confirmed on April 14, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler, MN. She attended District #57 Country School and Tyler High School. Viola attended Mankato Commercial College for clerical studies and her first job was in Huron, SD. On June 17, 1951 Viola was united in marriage to Lester Welsand at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. She became a legal secretary in Pipestone, MN. Lester’s work brought them to Marshall for a year, before moving to Madison for 1 ½ years, and ultimately settling in Russell, MN, where she has lived ever since. Viola stayed home to raise her family, playing organ at church, teaching Sunday school, and assisting with charitable fund-raising for Coon Creek Township. She began working at Southwest Minnesota State College in 1967 as a secretary and continued her service there until her retirement in 1993. Upon her retirement, Viola was working as an assistant to the Dean of Students. She thoroughly enjoyed her interactions with the students throughout her years there. During her retirement, Viola continued to play organ for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, attended Senior College classes at Southwest Minnesota State University, and took water aerobics classes and yoga. Viola especially enjoyed music, and she played piano often. Her love of travel led her to Hawaii several times and also on a much anticipated vacation to Norway. She loved flowers, plants, and the beauty of nature. Above all, her daily Bible readings and devotions were the center of her life and actions.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Ramona (Allen) Larson of Redwood Falls, MN, Sonya Welsand of North Liberty, IA, and Lisa Molitor of Plymouth, MN; four grandsons, Reed and Kurt Larson, Blake and Shea Molitor; brothers, Lester Sanderson, of Tyler, MN, Wilfred Sanderson, of Russell, MN, and her twin brother Victor Sanderson of Flandreau, SD; along with many special friends. Viola was preceded in death by her husband, son, parents, three sisters, and an infant brother.

Comments

  1. Bill and Jenifer Vollmer says:

    Sonya, Ramona, Lisa, and families…
    I couldn’t believe it when Bill notified me about your mom’s passing on Monday… We loved your mom so much and enjoyed her stories of you girls and your dad!! She was so proud of all of you and her grandchildren – she could never say enough about her grandchildren! Heaven has definitely gained an angel and we will miss her smile and good humor! Hugs to you all!!! God’s blessings during this difficult time and in the days to come without her.

  2. Pam, Marty & Katie Boeckenstedt says:

    Dear Sonya, Lisa, Ramona, Al & family- We are so sorry to hear of Vi’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  3. Lynn Peterson says:

    Ramona, Sonya, Lisa, and family,
    I was shocked when I heard of your Mom’s passing. What a great lady! She and I sat next to each other at work for 13 years and we had many good hearty laughs together. She was a joy to work with and be around. I also know she was a great mother to all of you and will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to all of you. May your cherished memories of her sustain you during this difficult time.

  4. Scott & Brenda Johnson says:

    Ramona, Sonya, Lisa & family
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this journey of losing a parent. Vi was always so pleasant and we will miss seeing her out watering her flowers or/and waving at her at her mailbox as we drive by. Russell will miss her. ((Hugs to you))

  5. Sharon Kabes says:

    Ramona, Sonya, Lisa, and Family
    I met Vi in water aerobics at the Y. She often talked about her family and how proud she was of the
    children and grand kids. She was a wonderful person and we have missed her this last year when she
    did not come as often to classes. When I had my knee replacement she loaded up all of her equipment including a walker, cane, bath stool and other items to make sure that I have them during my recovery. She was always
    finding a way to help others. She was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Melva Henspeter says:

    Vi and I had in common, daughters who were classmates. I admired and enjoyed her whenever and wherever we were in contact. I feel sad to learn of the loss of your lovely Mother. She has passed her legacy of faith on to you girls. Praying for our Heavenly Father’s comfort you. Melva Henspeter

  7. Lorraine & Elmer Green says:

    Ramona, Sonya, Lisa, and Family,
    We will miss your Mom’s smiling friendly personality; she was a fun pleasant person to be with. She and I (Lorraine)shared an interest as organists. May you find comfort in knowing how proud she was of you, her family.

    Lorraine & Elmer Green

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