Viola Gruber, 88

Viola Gruber, a resident of Sartell, formerly of Pierz, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the home of her daughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup, with Fr. David Maciej officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Viola was born May 1, 1924, in Granite Township, Morrison County, the daughter of Theodore and Mary Kasper. She attended country school through the eighth grade. Viola worked at Munsingwear in Little Falls prior to her marriage. She was united in marriage to Urban Gruber Nov. 29, 1947, in Pierz. The couple made their home on a farm near Lastrup where they raised their six children. Viola also worked as a waitress at the DelRay Café in Pierz. She enjoyed needlework, quilting, gardening, flowers, watching softball, playing cards, visiting with family and friends, and was an avid sport fan following the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Her most memorable trip was to Molokai, Hawaii to visit the grave site of Fr. Damien last December. She also loved the outdoors and working on the farm. Viola was a great mother. Her life centered around her children and her husband. She was a member of St. John’s Church in Lastrup, St. Joseph’s in Pierz, and the Christian Mothers

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Wilfred Gruber of Lastrup, Virginia (Oliver) Kaloi of Wahiawa, Hawaii, Daniel (Charlotte) Gruber of Hillman, Marilyn Gruber of Sartell, Joseph Gruber of Pierz and John (Carrie) Gruber of Lastrup; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Kasper of Pierz, Caroline Sadlowsky of Upsala and Katherine Kasper of Corpus Christi, Texas; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Urban (March 25, 1991); siblings, Mamie Felix, Theresa Thommes, Gertrude Brummer, Clara Britz, Herman Kasper, John Kasper, Marianne Kasper, Leona Motschke, and Leonard Kasper.