Viola Konrad of Kulm, ND passed away on her 99th birthday, November 2, 2021 at Eventide Nursing Home, Jamestown ND. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 13th at 10:30 AM at First Congregational Church, Kulm. Visitation will be held on November 12th at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Kulm from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Viola was born on November 2, 1922 five miles North of Fredonia, ND. She was fourth in a family of 11, six sisters and five brothers. They were in order Alice, Edwin, Leoniti, Viola, Dolores, Walter, Grace, Lou, LeMar, James, and Delano. She received her elementary education in Haag School District with one room schoolhouse. She graduated from Kulm High School in 1941. She later attended Ellendale Branch where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree, she taught country school two years, one year at Fredonia Elementary and 29 years in Kulm Elementary.
In August 1947 she was married to Wilbert Konrad, a World War II veteran. They had two children, Dwight and Carolyn. In their 57-1/2 years of togetherness, they traveled throughout most of the United States and parts of Europe, mainly Germany, had a fun trip to Alaska, and visited many places in Canada. Wilbert, everybody called him Connie, passed away in February 2005. Since that time Viola still enjoyed traveling, especially to visit her nieces and Dwight and Carolyn.
She belonged to the First Congregational Church in Fredonia and Kulm where she faithfully served her lord by teaching Sunday school classes, DVBS and participated in the choir and singing groups.
She joined and served in the Kulm Ladies Dorcas Society starting in 1949. She was active in community activities such as the Kulm and Jolly Homemakers Clubs, three committees, The ND Centennial Statehood in 1989, The City of Kulm Centennial 1992, and First Congregational Church Centennial in 1996. She was always involved in building are community.
Her favorite activities included, teaching Sunday School, which she did for over 50 years, reading, writing and developing friendships by corresponding by letter with relatives and friends she made over the years. She really enjoyed knitting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and especially historical autobiographies.
Viola walked uptown for coffee every morning to meet with a group of ladies until the year she entered The Manor St. Joseph in Edgeley. From there she was transferred to memory care in Edgewood in Jamestown and passed away peacefully under hospice care at Eventide in Jamestown. She lived a full and inspiring life as a mother, wife and teacher. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. She was a joy to us all.
Viola is survived by her children Dwight (Michelle) Konrad and Carolyn Konrad; sister, Lou Molinari; brothers, Lemar (Emily) Eslinger, James (Arlene) Eslinger and Delino (Ronna) Eslinger.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents, Christ and Pauline Eslinger; husband, Wilbert; her 3 year old sister Leoniti; two brothers, Edwin and Walter (Clare) Eslinger; sisters, Alice, Delores and Grace.
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