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Viola Homewood Messerli Krull
June 19, 1930 – October 19, 2017
Viola Krull, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, October 19, 2017, surrounded by several generations of her family and special friend Kathy Schutt.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Monday, October 23, 2017, at the First Congregational Church, Anamosa. Pastor Sue Schneider-Adams, officiated at the services. Interment will be in Cass Cemetery at a later date. Friends called from 2 – 5 p.m., Sunday, October 22, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Surviving is her husband, Larry; four children, Dan (MaryJo) Messerli of Anamosa, Chuck (Darlene) Messerli of Grants Pass, Oregon, Christine Evanoff of Mechanicsville, and Kimberly (James) Sauser of Richmond, Texas; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Dan Messerli, and stepson, David Krull.
Viola was born June 19, 1930, on a farm near Wadena. She was the daughter of Dorothy Homewood. Viola was raised by her grandmother, Harriet Homewood, following the death of her mother in 1932. She graduated from Wadena High School. Viola married Dan Messerli on May 5, 1948, and three children were born to the marriage – Daniel, Christine and Clement Charles. Dan died in an auto accident on July 17, 1967.
Viola married Larry J. Krull, a divorcee with a son, David, on July 14, 1968, at the Methodist Church in Olin. The couple had a daughter together, Kimberly Kay. Viola worked as an inspector and foreman for twenty-seven and a half years at Rockwell International, retiring May 1, 1982. She continued working some part-time jobs well into her sixties.
She was a proud member of the First Congregational Church. She was an auxiliary member of the Anamosa VFW and AMVETS Post 110. She held offices in all these organizations, as well. Viola was an avid reader, crossword puzzle solver, gardener and cook. She made the best pot roast in all of Jones County. Viola was and will continue to be the love and matriarch of her family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Unity Point Hospitals, Jones Regional Medical Center, St. Luke’s Living Center East, Above and Beyond Hospice and Synergy Home Care, all of whom provided much skilled and compassionate care, allowing her to remain at home until she passed peacefully into a better world.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 26 October 2017


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