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Violet Maxine Berkland

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September 26, 1929 - July 25, 2023


Visitation for Violet M. Berkland was 4-7 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2023, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Depew. Funeral service was at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Depew at 10:30 a.m.  on Saturday, July 29 with Pastor Kevin Weeks officiating.

Violet was laid to rest at North St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Depew.

Violet Maxine Berkland, daughter of William and Myrtle (Egland) DeWall was born on the family farm west of Wallingford on Sept. 26, 1929. She passed away on July 25 at the Spencer Hospital at the age of 93 years.

Violet was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terril. She attended country schools in the Terril area. The family moved to the Fenton area where she graduated from Fenton High School. She was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Depew, where she remained a member the rest of her life. On Oct. 4, 1947, she was united in marriage to Melvin L. Berkland in Depew. The couple made their home on the Berkland family farm, where they farmed and raised their two children. They moved to Emmetsburg in 2014.

Violet was an active member of St. John’s where she was a circle member, held many offices in the ladies’ group, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, embroidery, cooking and baking. She was especially known for her “kringla” and entertaining friends and relatives. She was a dedicated farm wife.

Violet is survived by her children Marlin (Jo) Berkland of Plymouth, Minn. and Karen (Thomas) Hagen of Cylinder; her grandchildren Aaron (Kelsey) Hagen of Worthington, Minn., Adam (Elise) Berkland of Durham, N.C., and Neko of Manhattan, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren, Helen Violet and George Stuart Berkland. She is also survived by her sister Shirley Kerber, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Violet is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin, and sisters Jane Voigt and Doris Ruhnke.

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