Viola M. Mellmer, 79, Bismarck, N.D., formerly of New England, N.D. died Sept. 6, 2012, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center.
Posted Sept. 14, 2012
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept.11 at Church of Corpus Christi in Bismarck with Rev. Paul Becker officiating. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in New England.
Viola was born Nov. 21, 1932, in New England, N.D., the daughter of Casper and Mary (Wandler) Wanner. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School.
Viola met Peter Mellmer Jr. at a dance where she played piano accompanying her dad on the accordion and Peter played saxophone. They were married Jan. 11, 1949. They lived on the family farm for one year, and then moved to Dunseith, N.D., as owners of the Dakota Hotel for 20 years. She worked at San Haven State Hospital as a nurse’s aide for two years. In 1972 Peter and Viola moved to Bismarck, where she had several retail positions at Lund Jewelry, Penney’s, and finally at Target, where she retired after 15 years as price change supervisor.
Viola was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary for 40 years and spent many hours donating her time there. She received the 2002 Dakota State Auxiliary “Woman of the Year Award.” She was an excellent cook, and enjoyed baking, dancing and listening to old-time music.
She is survived by their children, Connie Krusinski, Chicago, Ill.; Jim (Donna) Mellmer, Mandan, N.D.; Patti (Tom) Weisbeck, Bismarck, N.D. and Lynette (Bob) Norbeck, Bismarck, N.D.; one sister, Loretta Svihovec, Dickinson, N.D.; two brothers, Lester Wanner, Dickinson, N.D. and Roger (Jane) Wanner, Reno, Nev.; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Camie) Krusinski, Chicago, Ill.; Bob (Kim) Krusinski, Denver, Colo.; Tom Krusinski and Debbie Krusinski, Chicago, Ill.; Lindsey Norbeck, Fargo, N.D.; Erin (Jere) Heide, Osmond, Neb., Jason Mellmer, Fargo, N.d. and Parker Weisbeck, Bismarck, N.D. She also leaves five great-grandchildren.
Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; her parents; her brothers-in-law, Gary Svihovec and Andy Rettinger; and her son-in-law, Ted Krusinski.