Viola (Schulte) Tait
1921 - 2014
Viola Ida (Schulte) Tait, 92, of Kenosha, formerly of Rock Springs and Baraboo, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Parkside Manor in Kenosha.
Viola was born on April 12, 1921, in the Township of Westfield, the daughter of Daniel and Ida (Rathjen) Schulte. She attended Rock Elm Elementary School in Westfield County, and graduated from Reedsburg High School. She received a Teachers Certificate from Sauk County Teachers College in Reedsburg, and a bachelors of science degree from Dominican College-Racine, in 1964.
On June 26, 1944, she was united in marriage to Robert Joseph Tait at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo. He preceded her in death in June of 1971. She then married John Ivan Tait in March of 1972 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Kenosha. He preceded her in death in June of 1984.
Viola was an elementary school teacher and taught in rural Sauk County schools for over three years. She then moved to Kenosha where she taught at Dublin, Hannan and Jeffery Elementary schools before retiring after a 30 year teaching career.
Always a cheerful person, Viola enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Taws and Paws square dance club where they enjoyed entertaining the residents at the Kenosha Senior Citizens Center. She was also a member of the Cloverleaf Square Dance Club, Round Dance Club, Interfaith Singles Ballroom Dance Club and the Pinochle Club.
Viola enjoyed playing euchre with family members and at the Moose Club, and was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for many years. She was a member and active in St. Thomas Catholic Church, St. Mary Friendly Center and St. Marys Catholic Senior Center. She enjoyed meeting new people and will be dearly missed by her many friends and family.
Viola is survived by a son, Thomas J. Tait of St. Paul, Minn.; a daughter, Susan (Jeff) Schenning of Kenosha; two grandchildren, Jaime (Scott) Runde of Cleveland, Ohio, and Michael Schenning of Kenosha; three great-grandchildren, Riese, Kaine and Quinn Runde; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Viola was preceded in death by a son, Donald R. Tait; four brothers, Daniel, Virgil, Kenneth, and Milton Schulte; three sisters, Ethel Hirschinger, Ruth Petzke, Ruby Rheinschmidt; and a very dear and special friend, William Kirar.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Garrett Kau officiating. Visitation will at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Baraboo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in remembrance of Viola may be given to the Westfield German Methodist Church, Attn: Bob Biege, S4992 Golf Course Rd., Rock Springs, WI. 53961-9735. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Parkside Manor, specifically the exceptional and professional help from Mr. Tony Gresham. Thanks also to the staff of Seasons Hospice and especially Jenny Hamann, R.N. for her caring, professional dedication and her heart felt empathy.
She Loved to Sing and Whistle
Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home
520 East St., Baraboo 53913
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Jan. 13, 2014
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