Viola M. Cole, age 83, of Rapid River, passed away Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2020, at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.
Viola was born on November 7, 1936, in Escanaba, the oldest of Joe and Norma (Porath) Decremer’s three children. Viola grew up on the Decremer homestead (saw mill and then farm) in Perkins where her grandparents Florian and Virginia Decremer settled in 1906. For decades the Decremer homestead became the center of family events and gatherings that helped shape Viola’s strong sense of family.
Viola followed a long line of strong and independent women including her mother Norma, grandmother Virginia, and her great-grandmother Josephine (husband Henri) who lived in Wisconsin and was known to care for all those who needed help.
Viola was a nurse at St. Francis Hospital for more than 20 years. She spent many years working in the pediatric clinic on K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base and was a one-time owner of Chum’s Bar in Perkins. She carried the spirit of her ancestors into her own nursing career, caring for others as her own and making a difference in the lives of those she interacted with. She passed those qualities on to her children and grandchildren.
In her later years, Viola resided at the Riverside Manor in Rapid River. Once again, Viola made lasting friendships through social activities and enjoyed caring for the plants and flowers that adorned her apartment building.
Sons: Douglas (Glenda) Cole, Dennis Cole and Darrel (Jane) Cole
Daughters: Dawn Marburg and Dana (Aaron) Depuydt
Brothers: James Decremer and Robert (Barbara) Decremer
Sister-in-law: Mary Decremer
Grandchildren: Christopher (Rose), Brittany, Angela (Aaron), Tyler (Jessie)
Travis (Katie), DJ (Candice), Nathan, Joshua,
Samuel, Hannah, Nash and Beck
Great Grandchildren: Everette, Dawson, Daxton, Vera, Kaizen, Kamden, Isaac (Lorena)
Great Great Grandson: Kanye
Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Viola’s parents, Joe and Norma, preceded her in death.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow visiting hours on Thursday, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone, with Rev. Fr. Joseph V. Augustine of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins officiating. Luncheon will follow in the parish hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins. Viola will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in the spring. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.