Viola M. (Kinninger) VanSkiver, formerly of Maria Stein, died at 2:55 a.m. Thursday, October 6, 2011, at Otterbein St. Marys, where she had been a resident for over six years.
She was born July 19, 1923, in Uno, the daughter of Emma (Varno) and Harry Kinninger. On Sept. 27, 1937, in Minster, she married Randall K. VanSkiver at St. Augustine Church in Minster.
She attended schools in St. Patrick and Minster, graduating from Minster High School in 1942. In the late 1940s, she lived in Dayton with her two older sisters and worked at the National Cash Register Company.
Surviving are a daughter, Diane VanSkiver (Joseph) Gagel, of Monclova; two granddaughters, Rachel (Matt) Risler, of Grayslake, Ill., Mandy Gagel, of Chicago; two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Kaitlyn Risler; two sisters, Lula Vondrell, of Cincinnati, and Nancy Roby, of Harbinger,
N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; two sisters, Alvina Simmerman and Mildred Moore; three brothers, Gustwin, Adrian, and Urban Kinninger; one nephew, Danny Moore; and by her special friend, Marce Rentz.
She met her future husband, Randall K. VanSkiver, on his birthday, March 30, 1947, in Dayton. After learning they worked on the same floor at NCR, they would eat lunch together every day. On 19 July 1947, Randall and Viola became engaged. Six months after meeting they were married.
After their marriage, they remained in Dayton, where their daughter, Diane Kay, was born. Around 1955, they purchased Kingâ€™s Korner Kafe in Maria Stein, and changed the name to the Korner Kafe. Randallâ€™s mother and stepfather, Gertrude and Ted Girton, were co-owners. After Randall died in 1959, Viola sold the business. Viola then worked as a secretary in the Marion Local School Office, and later as a grocery clerk in Minster. In 1967, she began working at Copeland Industries in Sidney, from which she retired. Viola enjoyed gardening, bowling, and playing cards before and after retirement. She especially enjoyed following the Marion Local High School football and basketball teams.
Viola had been a member of St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Church since moving to Maria Stein. She was also a member of the Knights of St. John Auxiliary Uniform Rank, Maria Stein.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Maria Stein, with Rev. Gene Schnipke officiating. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Maria Stein.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grand Lake Hospice or the Marion Local Schools Foundation.
Condolences may be made at www.hogenkampfh.com