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Viola York


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York, Viola

Viola Hilda York, age 90, of Wisconsin Rapids (formerly of Arkdale), Wisconsin died Friday, June 9, 2017 at Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be 12 Noon on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wisconsin. Pastor Terri Skildum will officiate. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be at a later date at the East Arkdale Cemetery, Arkdale, Wisconsin. Viola was born November 25, 1926 in Strongs Prairie, Wisconsin to Hans C. and Hilda A. (Olson) Pedersen. She was baptized Feb 20, 1927 and confirmed in May of 1942. She graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1946. Viola married Clarence Lawrence York on August 27, 1946 in Adams, Wisconsin. They made their home in Arkdale, where they raised four children. Viola worked on their farm until 1973, and then worked for the Adams-Friendship School District as a bus driver for 18 years, retiring in 1996. Viola enjoyed camping, fishing, reading, gardening, needlework, snowmobiling, riding the gator, watching birds, nature rides, picnics, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Viola was a Life time member of Strongs Prairie Community Club, Life member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary, Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church, and the church's Marion Circle. Memorials in Viola's memory will be directed to a variety of local charities. Viola was preceded in death by her parents; Hans and Hilda Pedersen; husband, Clarence York; son, Donald York; brothers: Norman Pedersen and Roy Pedersen; sisters: Caroline Henriksen, Virginia Chaffee, Verna Williams; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Pedersen, Clara Green, and Doris Oleson; brothers-in-law, Garland Chaffee, Kenneth Henriksen, Franklin Williams; Wayne Oleson; Chester York; Lester York; and Harold Waller. Survivors include her children: Dee (Friend - Russ) Draeger of Friendship, Evelyn (Larry) Johnston of Wisconsin Rapids, Robert York of Wisconsin Rapids; daughter-in-law, Barbara (Michael) Kroetz of Nekoosa; sisters: Esther (Fred) Stevens of Kenosha, Myrtle (Hilmer) Lecy of Arkdale; Gladys (Clinton) McKinley of Friendship, and Florence (Ed) Koehler of Friendship; brother, Alden (Judy) Pedersen of Fond du Lac; sisters-in-law: Marion (Keith) Ebsen of Brooksville, FL, Beryl Pedersen of Juneau, Mary (Friend - Jim) York of Friendship, and Alice York of Arkdale; 7 Grandchildren, 19 Great-Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren, further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on June 12, 2017
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