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December 30, 1912 – Friday, April 22, 2016

Service Information
St. Albert’s Catholic Church, Albertville, MN
Monday, May 9, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Albert’s Catholic Church, Albertville, MN
Monday, May 9, 2016
10:00 A.M.

Viola Beatrix Niesen (Gillis)

Age 103 of St. Michael, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at The Legacy of St. Michael. She was born December 30, 1912 in Albertville, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Kremer) Gillis.

Viola was proud to farm on the 150 year-old family farm. She had various jobs outside of farming, including being head of the nursing staff at a nursing home in St. Michael and working for K + K egg packaging. Viola also worked at Scott Atwater Co. on the war effort in WWII, making parts for the Army.

Viola enjoyed puzzles, reading the paper, socializing –people would often come over to the farm to visit with her, flowers, and time spent with her family. She had a “green thumb” and was an excellent shot.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Walter Peter Niesen; son, Harry Niesen; grandson, Ron Niesen; and siblings, Amy, Martha, Baltis, Sophie, Vernon and Marie.
Viola is survived by her son, Walter (Marianne) Niesen; grandchildren, Kelley (Peter) Ollmann, Ken (Lisa) Niesen; Korey (Cari) Niesen; Renee; Rick Niesen; great-grandchildren, Lisa, Theresa, Alexander, Garrett, Spencer, Samantha, Max, Wyatt, Lindsey (James), Jessica, Courtney; great-great-grandson, Vincent; and many other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial for Viola Niesen will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM with visitation starting at 10:00 AM with a rosary at 10:30 AM at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville with Father Joah Ellis as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Albert’s Cemetery in Albertville.

Honorary casket bearers are Alexander Ollmann and Garrett Ollmann.

Casket bearers are Ken Niesen, Korey Niesen, Peter Ollmann, Spencer Ollmann, Samantha Ollmann, Max Niesen and Wyatt Niesen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to The Legacy of St. Michael or St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.

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