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Viola Ann MikuskaSPEAKER
Organist ~ Karen Huether
Soloist ~ Sara Permann
“Shall We Gather at the River”
“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
Viola Ann Mikuska was born Wednesday, May 17, 1916 at Tripp, South Dakota to Christian and Pauline (Diede) Geigle. She was baptized and confirmed in the First American Lutheran Church in Tripp, where she played the organ for many years. She graduated from Tripp High School. Viola was united in marriage to Ruben Mikuska on July 13, 1935 at Parkston. She worked for a dentist in Tripp and later at the Mikuska Store. Viola began working at the Tripp Good Samaritan Center on the day it opened and worked there for sixteen years. Later, she started a daycare center in her home, which she operated for eleven years. She loved quilting and marked quilts for many people not only in the area, but as far away as Germany. Viola was a devoted homemaker and loved taking care of her home. She also enjoyed bowling as a pastime. She was a lifelong member of the First American Lutheran WELCA. She was an American Legion Auxiliary member for 65 years. Viola passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston, having attained the age of 94 years, 10 months, and 2 days.
Viola’s memory will be cherished by her son, Richard and wife Charlotte Mikuska of Palm City, Florida; a grandson, Ken and wife Sheryl Mikuska of Littleton, Colorado; and one sister, Iona Charles of Sioux City, Iowa.
In addition to her parents, Chris and Pauline Geigle, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Mikuska, a brother, Elmer Geigle, and a sister, Beverly Reimnitz.
Dear Dick, Charlotte, Ken and Sheryl. Jerry and I are both so saddened by the loss of Viola. What a lovely lady she was. I know she will be missed not only by her family, but by so many other friends. We are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. We all must try to find comfort knowing she is at peace. Love to all of you.
Jerry and Judy Weisenstein Mar 23 2011 8:17 PM
Dear Dick & Charlotte, Gary & I are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Even though we didn't know Viola personally, we've heard so many wonderful things about her & we just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Gary & Cathy Skulborstad Mar 22 2011 9:37 PM
Dear Dick & Charlotte You've been in our thoughts and prayes through this difficult time. We trust you are well. Our hope is for Ken and Cheryl as well. Our time with your mother was brief, but memorable. Such a lovely lady, openong her home to a bunch of Bus Nuts and keeping us supplied with homemade cookies.
Ellen & Howard Best Mar 20 2011 4:55 PM
Dick Lloyd and I are sorry hear about your Mother. She shared so much with everyone. With her help, I made several baby quilts for Adam, my nephew who is now 27 and still has his quilts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lloyd and Diane Ebling Mar 20 2011 4:53 PM
Dear Dick, We were so very sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. We remember fondly our visit to Tripp several years ago. Viola was the "hostess with the mostest" and made us feel welcome both in her home and in Tripp. She will surely be missed. She is at peace with her God.
Anna and Andy Metro Mar 20 2011 3:34 PM