Viola D. Plamann
Viola D. Plamann, age 90, passed away May 12, 2014 at Woodland Court Assisted Living, Merrill.
Viola was born in the Town of Russell, Lincoln County, on March 4, 1923. She was the fourth of five children – Alexander, Donald, Gertrude, Viola and Larry – born to the late Gottlieb and Mary (Beil) Tesky, Gleason.
Viola married Harold Plamann at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gleason, on March 29, 1941. Harold and Viola raised five children on a small farm in the Town of Schley, Lincoln County. Besides her work as homemaker, she also helped on the farm and did the bookkeeping for her husband’s oil distributing business. From 1977 until her retirement in 1984, Viola was employed at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was a past member of Dutch Corners Lutheran Church, Gleason Lutheran Church and was presently a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill.
Viola enjoyed farming, crafting, vacationing at their cottage on Long Lake, traveling with her husband and children, camping with her friends at Shawano County Park, spending time with her grandchildren, going to rummage sales and playing sheep head. She would often tell stories of her childhood during the Great Depression. Viola told about her father cutting swamp grass – by hand – for cattle feed and her father taking her to school with a horse and sleigh. She told about her great-grandfather living in a sod house in Nebraska and her Dad being raised in South Dakota, serving in WWI and working on the Alaska Highway.
Viola is survived by her son, David (Gloria) Plamann, Kewaunee, WI; daughter, Mary Sue (Greg) Olson, Hot Springs, AR; daughter-in-law, Maxine Plamann, Merrill; brother, Larry (Charlene) Tesky; Waukesha, WI; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Plamann, Maria Plamann, and Bernice Tesky, all of Merrill; two brothers-in-law, Walter Laak, Florida, and Dale (Cathy) Plamann, Baraboo, WI; nine grandchildren, Adam, Appleton, Vicky Parsley, La Porte, IN, Matt Olson, Little Rock, AR, Bethany MacKenzie, Conway, AR, Ranay Nicklaus, Merrill, Brenda Wendt, Merrill, Jeff Rydell, Wausau, Jill Rydell, Merrill, July Uriarte, Sandy, UT; 15 great-grandchildren, Hazel, Veronica and Merideth Plamann, Josh, Danny and Brett Nicklaus, Christopher and Amanda Rydell, Kayleigh Schaefer, Cohrtney Bond, Zoey and Merek MacKenzie, Isaac Olson and Elijah and Anthony Uriarte, one great-great-grandchild, Easton Rydell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Plamann; son, Phillip; two daughters, Fern Wheaton and Delores Rydell; and three siblings, infant Alexander Tesky, Donald Tesky and Gertrude (Tesky) Laak.
Funeral services for Viola will be held 2 PM Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Rev. Maurice Schaus will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM Friday, May 16 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 1-2 PM Saturday before the service at the church. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. Burial will be 11 AM Monday at Restlawn Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com. Special thanks to Woodland Court staff and Aspirus Hospice for all their care & love for our mom.