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Viola Mae Messner

Viola Mae Messner, age 90, of Peoria died peacefully at Unity Point Methodist Hospital on Thursday, September 9th, 2020. A private funeral service and burial was held at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall in Edwards, IL on Sunday, September 13th. She was born on May 1, 1930 at her family’s farm in Kossuth County, IA to Henry Jr and Celina (Wirtz) Schmidt. She was baptized on September 11, 1951 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Maywood, CA. She married Donald Kenneth Messner on February 14, 1954 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Winthrop, MN. She was employed at 3M in Hutchinson, MN. They moved to Peoria, IL in 1981. She was employed at Buehler Home and retired on June 10, 1994. Don and Viola were residents of the Apostolic Christian Skylines since 2015. Don and Viola shared 66 years of marriage together. Viola was known for her dependability of working hard and had a love of caring for the elderly. She cherished spending time with her family and friends and loved helping everyone. Viola was an active member of the Apostolic Christian Church. Survived by: Husband – Donald Messner of Peoria, IL; five children – Philip (Sandi) Messner of Hutchinson, MN; Mary (Mark) Rosenak of Pekin, IL; Paul (Jan) Messner of Winthrop, MN; Ruth (Keith) Herrmann of Williamsfield, IL; Carol (Ron) Christ of Edwards, IL; seven grandchildren – Brandon (Muang) Plattner of Peoria, IL; Dustin (Mieke) Plattner of Sierra Madre, CA; Ashley (Mike) Husar of Colorado Springs, CO; Amber (Jon) Robertson of Clarkston, MI; Landon (Alyssa) Messner of Minneapolis, MN; Leighton (Janaye) Messner of Winthrop, MN; Lauryn Messner of Winthrop, MN; four great-grandchildren – Henry and Louis Robertson of Clarkston, MI; baby Messner (October) of Minneapolis, MN; baby Husar (December) of Colorado Springs, CO. One brother – Lyle (Mariam) Schmidt of Hutchinson, MN; five sisters – Bernadine (late Raymond) Messner of Brownton, MN; Mary (late Darold) Thiem of San Marcos, CA; Marjorie (Dwane) Bucklin; Gladys (Burgess) Gruendemann; Dorothy (late Iven) Alsleben all of Hutchinson, MN. Also survived by three brothers-in-law: Mike (Joyce) Messner of Gaylord, MN, Marvin (late Geri) Messner of Winthrop, MN, Jerry (Brenda) Messner of Hutchinson, MN; and four sisters-in-law: Lois (late Eldwin) Schmidt of Winthrop, MN, Vernita (late Melvin) Messner of Winthrop, MN, Idabell (late Donald) Witt of Gibbon, MN, and Shirley (late Lowell) Demm of Winthrop, MN, and many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends who have touched her life. Preceded in death: two brothers – Arnold, Eldwin; three sisters – Arline, Mildred, Joyce. Memorial contributions may be made to Peoria Apostolic Christian Church and/or Winthrop Apostolic Christian Church at 1197 Knox Highway 18 Williamsfield, IL 61489. Online condolences may be left for Viola’s family on her tribute wall at

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