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Viola Lorraine BauderCLERGY
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Viola Lorraine (Wentz) Breen Bauder was born on Wednesday, September 19, 1923 on a farm three miles east of Scotland to Robert and Bertha (Goecken) Wentz. She was baptized and confirmed, both in German, in the Evangelical Reformed Church in Scotland by Rev. Ulrich Zogg. She attended elementary school and graduated from Scotland High School in 1941. She attended the Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Yankton and completed her Registered Nurse examination. On September 19, 1944, her 21st birthday, Viola was united in marriage to Lawrence Breen at her parent’s home in Scotland. Lawrence died in March of 1983 in Winner. She married John Bauder on June 2, 1987 at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. John died in July of 1992 in Yankton.
During Vi’s long and accomplished career as a nurse, she became a Certified Nurse Aide Instructor in 1965, a Certified Restorative Nursing Instructor in 1968, and became licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in 1974. In 1980, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health Care from Mount Marty College. She served in many clinical positions throughout the Midwest, and earned numerous citations and awards for her achievements in the nursing field. She was instrumental in establishing hospital and nursing home auxiliaries in several towns, including the auxiliary for Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland. In addition to her nursing career, Vi was an active member of the communities in which she lived. She was a member of the Scotland Development Group, the Scotland Historical Preservation Society, the Scotland Civic Club, Scotland Senior Citizens, Sodak Stamm for Germans from Russia, Life Enrichment for the Elderly (LEE), and the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. She also devoted many years to the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and various church offices. Viola passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland at the age of 86 years, 8 months, 29 days.
Viola is survived by one son, Bob Breen of Tempe, Arizona; a step-daughter, Pauline Finck of Tripp; four step-sons: Marvin (Dianne) Bauder of Tyndall, Duane (Shari) Bauder of Yankton, Rev. Larry (Kaye) Jerke of Mitchell and Norman (Marva) Jerke of Madison; three grandchildren, thirteen step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and fifteen step-great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law and seven sisters-in-law.
In addition to her parents, Vi is preceded in death by a brother, Allen Wentz; her daughter, Jean Olson; and her first and second husbands, Lawrence Breen and John Bauder.
I will never forget Vi. We shared a passion for genealogy that brought us together about 6 years ago along with Duane Wentz from Seattle. Duane and I traveled to Scotland to meet Vi and share information. She then traveled to Naper, Nebraska to meet some of our relatives she did not know. What a spitfire. I will miss her as I am sure anyone who knew her will. I wish her family the best. Bless you Vi....
Ellen Schmand (Wentz) Jun 22 2010 1:05 PM
Vi welcomed us when we first moved to Scotland & was a good neighbor to us. We enjoyed her very much. She was a go-getter & very supportive. Vi will be very much missed.
Keryl & John Brady & family Jun 21 2010 9:56 AM
We will miss our "neighbor", Vi. Her vivacious laugh, historical stories of City of Scotland and progress of profession of nursing, ideals of being American and of rural South Dakota will live with us as we progress thru our own history in Scotland, SD. God Bless her memories.
Craig and Dorene Winckler family Jun 20 2010 9:21 PM