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June 12, 1928-January 1, 2021


Violet A. Brown, age 92, and formerly of Rockford passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born on June 12, 1928 in Greenfield Township the daughter of Adolph & Pauline (Kottke) Schleif.

Violet was baptized at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenfield.  She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford.

She attended rural school District #76 through the eighth grade and graduated from Rockford High School in 1946.

Survived by her children: Kevin (Sharon) Brown of Blaine and Lester Brown of Arizona and Darla Nelson of Becker; five grandchildren: Derek Nelson, Walter Nelson, Brianna Nelson, Rick Brown and Katrina Beadsly; three great grandchildren: Mika Clements, Richard Brown and Alexis Brown; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by an infant sister Ruth, her parents and a sister Rachel Pischel and by a brother Wilmar Schleif.

Funeral services for Violet “Vi” Brown will be held on Friday, January 8th, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford.   Pastor Michael Barlow will officiate.

Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

A visitation will be held on Friday, January 8th one hour prior to services at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Brianna Nelson, Cody Clements, Derek Nelson, Kaylene Nelson, Walter Nelson and Jo Thompson.


4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ron & Marie S Dehn

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was a very nice lady
    I remember her at the bank. Our prayers go out to the family.

  2. Kevin & Sharon Brown

    Sometimes it is hard not to ask for one more day, one more word, one more chance to say goodbye. It is during these times of great loss that we realize how truly special family and friends are. Try to remember, the little things, the shared smiles, the warm hug, the laughter. In time, these memories will become brighter than the loss we feel right now. Our sadness will become happiness again. We ask that you do not mourn the loss of our mother, but share the memories you had with her.

  3. LindaWagner

    Sincere sympathy to family of a really nice lady and, especially to Darla who helped me in the H. S library in Rockford. God Bless.

  4. Darlene Bechtold

    So wonderful to know that Violet has reached her goal in life-heaven with our Savior. Great sermon about her Confidence in Her Lord. She was a friend as well as a relative. I will always remember her pleasant smile. My sympathy goes to her family, Kevin and Sharon, Lester, Darla, and her niece, Marlene.
    Praise to our Lord and Savior for taking her home to live with Him forever.


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