Viola Louise Mach was born on April 10, 1926 to Theodore and Lydia (Winter) Bietz in Delmont, South Dakota. She attended school through the 8th grade at which time she moved to Mitchell and began to work as a housekeeper for the Woelfel family. On June 20, 1954, Viola was united in marriage to Elmer Mach in Delmont. Together they made their home on a farm in rural Tripp. Throughout their married lives, Viola was a hardworking farmwife. She helped with hay and corn crop harvesting as well as tending a garden. The couple also raised various livestock, pigs, and chickens.
Viola excelled in all types of crafts, especially enjoying latch-hook needlework, painting, pheasant feather artwork, and Chrismon Christmas ornaments. She unveiled many other talents through her life, such as her dedication and skills in making seasonal church banners for the First American Lutheran Church in Tripp.
She also loved crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, pinochle, and other card games.
In 2005, Viola moved into the Sunrise Apartments in Yankton. In October 2015, she made her home in the Yankton Care Center and then Majestic Bluffs.
Viola passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Avera-Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. At the time of her death, she was 5 days shy of celebrating her 90th birthday.
She is survived and remembered by her children: James Mach of Tripp and Louise (Barry) Hollman of Yankton; and sister Norma Verzani of Rapid City.
She was preceded in death by her husband in June 1985, parents, and sisters: Leona Beehler, Ellestine Guthmiller, Hilda Lippert.