In Memory of

Viola Mathilda Nelson

December 18, 1922 - October 19, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

Viola was born on December 18, 1922, in Granville, IA to August Kreber and Clara (Gukeisen) Kreber. She attended St. Joseph grade school in Granville, and graduated from St. Mary's high school in Remsen. Her father passed away in 1935, and Vi helped her mother and siblings on their farm near Granville and remembered filling bottles with milk and delivering them to customers in town. After high school graduation she worked in Sioux City and was working at Sweezy's hamburger shop in Cherokee when she met her future husband, Elmer, at a dance. Elmer and Viola were married on Monday morning November 22, 1948, at 9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Cherokee. They settled on a farm east of Larrabee, IA until 1963, when they purchased a farm east of Sheldon, IA. In 1970, they retired from farming and moved into town in Sheldon where they lived until l973 when they purchased a house in Cherokee. After moving into Sheldon, Vi worked in the kitchen at Coxie's restaurant, after moving to Cherokee she worked as a cook at the Barrel Drive-In and then for many years worked as a kitchen aid at Hilltop Care Center.

Vi was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and I. C. Ladies Union, working at many funeral dinners, and also Catholic Daughters. She loved reading, playing cards and games (especially the card game 500) playing in several 500 card groups in recent years, as well as with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed flower gardening, embroidery work, baking, watching baseball on TV, but most of all spending time with her family.

Vi is survived by her four children, Linda (Joe) Kelly, Sioux Falls, SD, Fred (Colleen) Nelson, Riverton WY, Diane (Tim) Cargin, Cherokee IA, and Sandra (Dwight) Berens, Apache Junction AZ, six grandchildren, Shari Kelly Graham, Amy Kelly, Cole Nelson, Greg (Renae) Cargin, Kristin Cargin and Luke (Wanda) Naslund, and six great-grandchildren, Ava Kelly, Austin and Devin Cargin and Micah, Lena, and Nellie Vi Naslund. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 1984, an infant son, Thomas Lee Nelson, five sisters and their husbands, Irene (Ed) Schlichte, Evelyn (Henry) Klein, Helen (Urban) Holles, Eleanor Britton, Mary Jane (Richard) Meis, six brothers and their wives, Arnold (Lorraine) Kreber, Clarence (Hilda) Kreber, and Francis (Janet) Kreber.

Tribute Video
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Rupp
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  with family present on Friday, October 29, 2021 at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Cedar Cemetery
Larrabee, Iowa


Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:58 PM
“Sending prayers of peace and comfort to all of you. May your Mom be playing lots of cards and watching over you from above”
- Rose and Garry Eichorn
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:58 PM
“Sorry to hear of your mom passing away...was so nice seeing all of you last year at the Monterey...”
- Glenda Schleef
Monday, October 25, 2021 at 11:39 AM
“Rest In Peace, everyone is waiting for you up in heaven, say hi to all and enjoy all the better things in life with your family, you will be missed but never forgotten ”
- Glenn Kreber
Monday, October 25, 2021 at 11:39 AM
“Our deepest condolences to the family, she will be missed. From all residents and staff at Accura Healthcare ”
- Jess Greene
Monday, October 25, 2021 at 11:39 AM
“Condolences to the family. My few memories of Aunt Viola leave me smiling.”
- Melanie Holles
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