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Vivian West, age 93 of Buffalo, MN passed away at Park View Care Center in Buffalo on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Vivian is survived by her seven children Ric (Deb) West, Buffalo, MN; Ginna (Jack) Leeb, Clearwater, MN; Mary West, St. Cloud, MN; Anne (Dan) Ackmann, Buffalo, MN; Jim (Kate) West, Buffalo, MN; Tim (Kris) West, Maple Grove, MN; John (Chris) West, Annandale, MN; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren; her sister, Rosemary Peters, Wilmar, MN;  Don Plombon, Niswa, MN; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Henry Richard (Dick) West and her parents Al and Irene Plombon of St. Cloud, MN.

Vivian was born in Foley, MN on March 24, 1928, the daughter of Al and Irene Plombon. She attended St. Cloud Tech High School and college at St. Cloud Teacher’s College (St. Cloud State University).  She owned and operated West Appliance and West Marine in downtown Buffalo alongside her husband for over 40 years.

After their retirement, Dick and Vivian spent winters in Arizona, summers in Buffalo and many happy times in their cabin in the woods of central Minnesota.

Vivian enjoyed cooking many meals for her family including chicken and dumplings, fresh bread and delicious cookies.  Her hobbies included sewing, cross stitching and making beautiful baby blankets.  Family was the most important thing in her life.

In lieu of flowers, condolences can be sent to Anne Ackmann, 104 Inger Place, Buffalo, MN 55313.  A donation will be made to Vivian’s favorite non-profit.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM with visitation beginning at 9 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN. Private interment will follow.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Debra Schultz

    My heart is saddened to hear of moms friend passing. May God bless and keep you all. Love from the Wohlenhaus-Schultz family

  2. Jonathan Parker

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Such a loss is most difficult no matter the stage in life. My prayers are for you as you grieve and celebrate her life.

  3. Lori Quady

    So sorry for the loss of your mom. We know how much she was loved ,the whole family always looked after her so well. I’m sure she is so proud of you all.

    With deep sympathy
    Bruce and Lori Quady

  4. Carol and Dan Bitzer

    Our deepest sympathies to Vivian’s family. I cleaned for your mom and dad when you lived above the store while I was in high school. RIP Vivian.

  5. Rita Varner-Otness

    West Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom and Grandma’s passing. Know that I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time. She was a strong lady, and I know you will all miss her greatly.

  6. Norita Sanderson

    West Family, my sincere sympathies to the family on the loss of your dear mother. Losing a loved one is very difficult. Cherish the memories that each of you have enjoyed throughout her many years. Hugs and prayers to all of you. Riit

  7. William and Judith Coolen

    We are so sorry to hear that Vivian has passed away. We were unable to attend the mass due to an appointment. We always enjoyed our interesting visit with Vivian. A very friendly, kind person. Our prayers are with you and your families.


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