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Viola Krausnick

October 14, 1918 — March 20, 2023

Viola Krausnick was born to Fred and Dora (Steinbeck) Nordhausen on October 14, 1918, at home in Dundy County, Nebraska. She was called to her heavenly home, March 20, 2023, at the age of 104.

Viola was baptized on November 3, 1918, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wauneta, Nebraska and was confirmed March 20, 1932, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. On November 9, 1938, she was united in marriage to Elwyn Krausnick also at St. Paul Lutheran Church. St. Paul Lutheran Church was an important part of Viola’s early years.

Viola and Elwyn began their early married life seven miles west of Wauneta on what the family refers to as the west place. A few years later, they moved to the home place five miles west of Wauneta where they raised their family until moving off the farm in 1968, never really retiring. Viola was primarily the caregiver of the family for her entire life. She did drive a school bus for the Wauneta School District and worked part time at Grimm’s Hardware.

Viola received her formal education from St. Paul Christian School with the encouragement of Mabel Scriven. She later studied and obtained her GED, graduating on April 6, 1976.

Viola followed her husband’s lead and joined the United Methodist Church of Wauneta on October 14, 1951, being an active member until her passing. She served as President of the United Methodist Women’s Society and served on numerous committees.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Elywn; son, Frederick Krausnick; great-grandson, Jesse Krausnick; siblings and their spouses, Alvin and Ada, Otto and Berniece, Edgar (killed in action in WWII), Floyd and Delpha, Gladys Schneider and husband Dewaine, Elfreida Johnston and husband Jim, Gilbert and wife Phyllis Nordhausen; and brother-in-law, Keith Krausnick and wife Elna.

She leaves to celebrate her life with son, Kenneth Krausnick and wife Vernelle of Cape Fair, MO; daughters, Janet Egle and husband Dennis Egle of Stratton, NE, Dora Denise Krausnick of Wauneta, NE; daughter-in-law, Betty Krausnick of Wauneta, NE; grandchildren, Michael (TeAnn) Egle of Pinedale, WY, Jennifer (Justin) Krey of Villa Ridge, MO, Teresa Gray of Fairplay, CO, Dixie (Randy) Robertson of Olathe, KS, Kevin (Dorene) Krausnick of Lincoln, NE, Wayne Krausnick of Imperial, Todd (Marie) Krausnick of York, NE, Sarah Wallace of Wauneta, NE, Michael Parrow of Omaha, NE; thirty great grandchildren; four great, great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews along with her church family and a host of friends.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. (MT), Friday, March 24, 2023, at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta, with Pastors Elias Mukindia and Janie Freeman officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta.

A memorial has been established in Viola’s Memory.

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

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75 East Wichita Street, Wauneta, NE 69045

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