Viola Berding, 95, of Le Mars and formerly of Remsen, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars
Viola Berding was born June 14, 1914, at Quimby, the daughter of Adolph and Kate (Rochau) Groepper. At an early age, Viola moved with her family to the Remsen area where she received her education in the rural school system.
On Feb. 22, 1933, she married Clarence Berding at Remsen. They made their home near Remsen where Clarence farmed with his father. In 1935 they went into farming for themselves until 1957. They then moved to Cleghorn, where they went into partnership in a service station until 1959 and then moved to Hospers, where they operated the Corner Tavern until 1967. They then moved to Le Mars where she was employed at Marie's Dress Shop, Harrison's and then Pamida until she retired in the early 1980s. Clarence died May 16, 1990.
She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars.
Survivors include a daughter, Delores and her husband Alvin Full of Alton; a son, Arvin and his wife Patti Berding of Slayton, Minn., and a daughter, Mary Ann Hirschman and Maylon Chartier of Sioux City; a daughter-in-law, Vera and her husband Gus Gano of Cherokee; 23 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Loren and his wife Verna Groepper of Kingsley; two sisters, Edna Dunne of Kingsley and Alice Shanahan of Dakota City, Neb.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Harold; a great-grandson, Paul Arvin Berding; six brothers, Ernest, Harry, Walter, Clarence, Alvin and Kenneth Groepper; and two sisters, Mabel Groepper and Lil Nestor.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Matthew Hewitt officiating. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery at Remsen. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen, with a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed Monday from 9:30 until service time at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars.
Casketbearers were Alan and Richard Berding, Dan, Jerry, Steve and Tony Full and Michael Hirschman. Honorary bearers were David and Mark Berding and Cory Gano.