A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Peace United Church North in Long Prairie, MN, for Viola J. Jenkins, age 76, of Long Prairie, MN. Rev. Rick Wilder will officiate and Rev. Gary Taylor will co-officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Clotho. Friends and family may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the church.
Viola Janet Fearing was born on January 31, 1936 to Arthur C. and Evelyn A. (Nygaard) Fearing in Todd county, MN, near Clotho. She was one of nine children. She went to Long Prairie High School, babysat, and did waitress work on the U of M campus in Minneapolis. She married David Dean Jenkins on August 15, 1953 at the home of Dean’s parents, Lester and Barbara Jenkins, just outside of Long Prairie. They purchased a dairy farm outside of Clotho and were blessed with 5 daughters. Taking care of the farm chores was a family affair, and Viola worked right along side her husband. In 1978, they sold the Clotho farm and purchased Dean’s parent’s farm (where they were married) 4 1/2 miles west of Long Prairie. In 2006, Viola moved into Long Prairie.
Viola was a longtime member at Clotho United Methodist Church where she was very active. She also worked at the Long Prairie Nursing Home, as well as volunteering there.
Viola enjoyed playing bingo and participating in a card club. She did needlepoint and kept a garden. Viola was an excellent cook, and was noted for many favorite dishes at numerous family gatherings. She also enjoyed the family trips to Laughlin. Viola was very much loved by her family, and will be dearly missed by all.
Viola is survived by daughters, Sandra (Jim) Friedrichs of Sauk Centre, Barbara (Tim) Thom of Long Prairie, Debra (Scott) Nagel of Little Falls, Teresa (Tim) Scheve of Long Prairie, and Deana (Steve) Callahan of Long Prairie; grandchildren, Joe (Angela) Friedrichs, Bill (Sara) Friedrichs, Michelle Friedrichs, Jennifer Meyer, Melissa Thom, Michael Thom, Jaclyn (Jordan) Bohm, Katrina Scheve, Daniel Scheve, Stephanie Callahan, and Christopher Callahan; great grandchildren, David, Alli, Colton, John, Nathan, Andrew, Elizabeth, Aili, and Logan; siblings, Arlene (Squirt) Rosell of Miltona, Helen (Jim) Held of Des Moines, IA, Warren (Betty) Fearing of Long Prairie, and Ruthie (Pat) Skelley of Poulsbo, WA; sisters-in-law, Judy (Jim) Bous of Alexandria, and Jeanne (Arlen) Muenzhuber of Long Prairie; and many nieces and nephews, especially Diane Medelberg, with whom she enjoyed many games of cards.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Dean in 2004; great-grandson Tyler; sisters Gladys Tinsley, Doris Pederson, and Sharon Wagner; infant brother, Jack Fearing; and sister-in-law, Janet Kortuem.
Casketbearers will be her grandsons, Joe Friedrichs, Bill Friedrichs, Michael Thom, Daniel Scheve, Christopher Callahan; granddaughter, Jennifer Meyer; and great grandson, David Copa.
Obituary and guest book available online at: www.williamsdingmann.com