LINCOLN — Services for Viola M. Suhr, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lincoln. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln.
Visitation will be from noon until 9 p.m. Friday with 7 p.m. rosary at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln with the family present at 6 p.m.
In 1935, Viola Margaret was born to William and Hilda (Clausen) Bruns on March 9 in Bloomfield. She was welcomed at home by two sisters, Wilma and Shirley. Viola received her education at St. Andrew’s Catholic School, country School District 143 and graduated from Bloomfield High School.
Viola found half-time work at many local businesses. Those being the Bloomfield Creamery, Teply Hardware store, the Glanzman Bowling Lanes, the local restaurant, Anderson Jewelry store and the high school lunch room.
A member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Viola held an office in the ladies altar society, and she also sang in the church choir for 20 years.
Gaylan Leon Suhr married Viola on Nov. 17, 1953, on a beautiful autumn day. To this union four children were born: Gregory, Kathleen, Gayle Anne and Kurtis.
As time progressed, their children were married. Greg and Jenni Suhr, Kathleen and Chris Williams, Gayle and Gary Thibault and Kurtis and Karen Suhr. Viola has 11 grandchildren: Cianne (Jeff) Hale, Jacob Pettinger, Ariel Judson, Kelly Judson, Philip Huttmann, Brendon (Leigh) Huttmann, Nathan (Cortney) Gieselman, Natalie Whitman, Holly (Sean) Howell, Logan Suhr and Ethan Suhr. Viola was blessed with 11 great-grandchildren: Charles Huttmann, Madeline Huttmann, Taylor Huttmann, Jackson Huttmann, Lauren Gieselman, Emily Gieselman, Leo Whitman, Lily Whitman, Levi Whitman, Holden Howell and Finn Howell.
In 1979, Viola and Gaylan moved to Lincoln, where she was employed by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Department of Agriculture as a technician operator of an electronic duplicating machine. Viola worked for 16 years and retired in November 1996.
Viola spent many hours sewing and developing bears, dolls and rabbits. She had a collection of dolls over the years and it became a relaxing time.
Viola passed on June 6, 2019, at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha.
Viola was preceded in death by her beloved spouse, Gaylan; parents Bill and Hilda Bruns; sisters Wilma Wortmann, Shirley Fink and Mary Barger Huber; and brothers-in-law Gary Erickson, Marlyn Barger and Dale Suhr.
Her departure is now mourned by her four children and their spouses; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Judy) Bruns; a sister, Arlis Erickson; brothers-in-law Roman Wortmann, Gerald Fink and Art Huber; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Suhr; and many friends and relatives.
The church is located at 1420 K St. in Lincoln. The funeral home is at 4040 A St. in Lincoln. Condolences can be left at www.bmlfh.com.