Friday, June 6, 2008

Pegged Out: Viola Ann Simrak

From the Superior Daily Telegraph:

Viola Ann Simrak, 87, of Superior, formerly a resident of the Allouez neighborhood, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

Viola was born in Oliver on Sept. 20, 1920, the daughter of Lottie (Cragin) and Frank Kervina. She married Frank J. Simrak on Sept. 30, 1938, in Duluth.

She was a nurse’s aide at the former St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior before becoming a homemaker and raising her two daughters. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Viola loved to visit with friends and family and play cribbage and bingo.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank on March 15, 1975; a granddaughter, Denise Marie Schnabel; two sisters, Margie Cramer and Ethel Suikonen; and two brothers, Robert and Frank Kervina.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria J. and Jack Schnabel of Yucaipa, Calif. and Debra J. and Scott Simrak of Duluth; grandchildren, Craig Schnabel and Cheryl (Robert) Rowell of California, Jasmine (Joe) Lake of Illinois, and Mikhail Simrak of Duluth; great-grandchildren, Jesse, Brittney, Ryan, and Joshua of California, and Tony of Illinois; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Gloria Kervina of Bloomington, Minn.; a sister, Gladys Timmer of Minneapolis; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Dean Buttrick as celebrant. Inurnment is in Calvary Cemetery.

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