Viola Pochardt

March 28, 1917- April 10, 2014

MARSHALL – Services for Viola Pochardt, 97, of Marshall, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Marshall Cemetery.

She died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Colonial Manor Care Center in Balaton.

Viola was born on March 28, 1917, in Amiret, to Arthur C. and Alma (Buesing) Manke. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Viola attended rural school through 8th grade, which was very common during the era. She became a nanny for many families throughout her life.

Viola met Walter Pochardt and they were married at the Tyler church parsonage on Sept. 16, 1940. They made their home on a farm in Island Lake Township, and to this union two children were born, Dale and Janet. They continued farming until retirement in 1966.

Viola was a very active member of her church, Zion Evangelical Lutheran, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid, sang in the choir, and helped with cleaning the church when needed. Viola was also a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church after moving to Marshall.

During her life, Viola enjoyed baking and gardening. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and extended family was always her greatest pleasure. She also loved to go fishing and on picnics with Walter and other family and friends.

Viola entered Colonial Manor Nursing Home in November 2006 and lived there until her death on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Viola is survived by her daughter, Janet Dale of Marshall; daughter-in-law, Doris Pochardt of Lynd; grandchildren, Tom, Jason (Stacy) and Randy Dale, Stacey (Judd) Nordin, Duane (Jolene) and Daren Pochardt, Darcy (Jeff) West; great-grandchildren, Krista, Kendra, Michael, Matthew, Mitchell, Brandon, Gavin, Gracelynn, Joslin, Amberly, Christopher and Rachel; and her brother, Marvin (Elaine) Manke of Sioux Falls, S.D. and sister-in-law, Arlene Pochardt of Marshall.

Viola was preceded in death her husband, Walter in May 1997; by her parents Arthur and Alma Manke; her son, Dale; granddaughter, Diane Pochardt; grandson, Jeff Dale; and son-in-law, Rolland Dale, great-great-grandsons, “DJ” Bauer Pochardt and Nickolas Bauer Pochardt, sisters, Mildred (Wally) Mangen and Bernice (Jim) Markham.

Blessed Be The Memory of Viola M. Pochardt.

Hamilton Funeral Home