NEW HOLSTEIN, Wis. - Viola "Judy" Justina Peterson, 91, passed away March 28, 2013, at Willowdale Nursing Home in New Holstein. Viola was born on July 22, 1921, in Winters, Mich. a daughter of Eino (Emil) and Nellie (Vogel) Kallio. She had four sisters, Anna Maki, Irene Wedell, Emily Workentine and Joyce Kasemodel; and two brothers, Glenn and Floyd Kallio.
Viola was a loving mom, grandma and great-grandma to Karen Nuttleman of Lincoln, Neb., the late Alan Peterson, Larry (Deb) Peterson of Lincoln, Neb., Ron (Kathy) Peterson of Cortland, Neb., Connie (Mike) Meier of Lincoln, Neb., Dawn (Dale) Winkler of New Holstein, Wis., Ruth Anne (Henry) Duquaine of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Betty Peterson of Michigan. Viola had 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Viola "Judy" also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and other family members.
Viola found great joy in loving, helping and being with children, beginning with her own children, her stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. From 1990-2006, Viola, better known as Grandma Judy, spent her time dedicated to the Foster Grandparents Program, becoming a caring grandma to the first grade children of Rosenow Elementary School in Fond du Lac and many other children in Fond du Lac.
Viola ‘Judy’ Justina Peterson
Viola's life was guided by her strong faith, she found great comfort, strength and joy in her faith in Christ and witnessed this to many. Viola spent over 50 years teaching Sunday School, adult Christian classes, serving as a parish worker and serving on Church Councils. She has been a member of Church of Our Saviour since 1979.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents; stepson, Alan; brothers, Glenn and Floyd; sister, Irene; sons-in-law, Bill Nuttleman and Greg Petrie; and grand-daughter-in-law, Sara Honnor; and other loved family members.
It was Viola's desire that in lieu of flowers memorials go to either ELCA World Hunger or Church of Our Saviour.
The family would especially like to thank the entire staff of Willowdale Nursing Home of New Holstein - this was Judy's home for the last three years of her life where she was compassionately cared for.
Viola will be dearly missed here on earth, but we know that we will rejoice with her again when we all meet in heaven. Praise be to God!
Family will receive relatives and friends at Church of Our Saviour on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The service will take place at 11 a.m. following visitation.
Zacherl Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Messages of condolence to Viola's family may be offered online at www.zacherlfuneralhome.com.