October 4, 2022 at 4:17 p.m.
Viola E. Berscheid, 92, of Melrose, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sept. 29, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Sauk Centre.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Deacon Ernie Kociemba assisting. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m., Oct. 4, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 9:45-10:45 a.m., Oct. 5, at the church in Melrose.
Viola Elizabeth Ostendorf was born April 17, 1930, in Birchdale Township, Todd County, to Bernard and Mathilda (Woeste) Ostendorf. She was united in marriage to Clarence Berscheid Oct. 6, 1953, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Viola farmed with Clarence near Grey Eagle until 1990 and while doing so, she also helped with the altar linens at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. After retiring from farming in 1990, Viola worked at Ernie’s Jubilee in Melrose for many years in the bakery.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and the Christian Women. Viola enjoyed crocheting, sewing and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Survivors include her children, Eileen (Roger) Keniston of Brooklyn Park, Bernadette (Vince) Wielenberg of Grey Eagle, Lois (Greg) Brunn of Rochester, Bonnie Holthaus (Dean Schaefer) of Watkins, Beverly (Jerry) VanHavermaet of Sauk Centre, and Joyce (Ken) Beuning of Andover; 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; and sister Lorraine Folta of Grey Eagle.
Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Berscheid, Dec. 29, 2002; daughter Betty Kracht; granddaughter Sarah Kracht; son-in-law John Kracht; brothers Leroy, Wilfred, Melvin, Cyril, Gilbert, Leander, Edwin, William and Vernon Ostendorf; and sisters Irene Bullard, Anna Mae Ostendorf, Rita Lyon and Joanne Heffron.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.