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Obituary for Violet F. Monson
Violet F. Monson, age 102, formerly of Balsam Lake, WI passed away at the Good Samaritan Society in St. Croix Falls on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
Violet was born on March 10, 1913 to Adolph and Florence Peterson. She was raised in rural Polk County along with her sister, Annie and brother, Kermit, also her brother, Raymond who also reached the age of 102 before he passed away 2 years ago. Violet attended school in, and was a graduate of, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. After graduating from school she went on to marry Ingolf T. Monson and they raised 5 children: Loretta, Geraldine, Loren, Linda and Leonard. They lived on a farm in rural Balsam Lake, until after their children were grown, and then sold the farm and moved to West Bone Lake Drive. Violet loved to do gardening, and was an avid home canner of the produce she raised in her garden. She loved her strawberry and raspberry patch, flowers garden and loved to feed the birds, and being outside enjoying these things.
Violet was a leader in 4H Club and enjoyed entering things she had made in the Polk County Fair. She was also a Girl Scout and Brownie leader. She enjoyed working with children.
Violet was an excellent cook and worked at Indian Head Lodge in Balsam Lake for many years. She then took over the Mill Inn Caf in Milltown, Wisconsin, where she ran a very successful restaurant until she retired to her home on West Bone Lake Drive. She remained active in the Milltown Lutheran Church for many years until she sold her home and moved into Comforts of Home, an assisted living facility that was newly built in St. Croix Falls. Violet lived at Comforts of Home for many years until she needed more nursing care, and was transferred to the Good Samaritan.
She is preceded by her parents, Adolph and Florence Peterson; husband, Ingolf; daughter, Loretta Larsen; sister, Annie; and 2 brothers, Kermit and Raymond Peterson.
She is survived by her children, Geraldine (Derald) Gehrke, Loren (Debbie) Monson, Linda Shaw (James "Red Man" Besserud) and Leonard (Connie) Monson; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-granchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Milltown Lutheran Church, Milltown, WI on Thursday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. with one hour visitation prior to the service. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, September 9 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, WI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Good Samaritan Society in St. Croix Falls.
Violet will be laid to rest next to her husband, Ingolf at Bunyan Cemetery following the service at church. Pallbearers will be Cristopher and Timothy Shaw, Thad Monson, Paul Larsen, Jeffery Gehrke and Kent McConnell.
An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.