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Viola G. Zielinski


Viola G. Zielinski, 79, a Township of Greenwood resident, died on Tuesday, September 1 at her residence under the loving care of her family and Hope Hospice.


Funeral services for Viola will be held graveside at 10 am on Saturday, September 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford with Rev. David Clements officiating.  Visitation will be from 9 am until the time of services at 10 am on Saturday at the cemetery.  Due to COVID concerns, social distancing will be appreciated.  Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Kenneth & Brandon Zielinski, Dylan Brusky, Sean Schreiner, Jimmy Anderson and Jonathan Wiegel.


Viola was born on March 30, 1941 at Westboro, WI, the daughter of Merle and Gertrude (Francks) Smith.  She attended Westboro Elementary School and High School.  Her marriage took place on April 11, 1959 in Ogema to Lester “Les” R. Zielinski and he preceded her in death November 15, 2011.


After their marriage, they resided in various places.  They farmed in the Township of Molitor for a period of time, while residing in Plover, she worked at Del Monte and she also worked at Gem Products in Rib  Lake until her retirement.  She enjoyed camping, gardening, baking, fishing, crocheting, bird watching, her beloved dog – “Cutie Pie”, and spending time with her family.


She is survived by her children, Ken (Diane) Zielinski of Plover, Tammie Zielinski, Jeanine (Donald Jr. “Chip”) Bartelt and Darla (Jeff) Ewer, all of Medford, Michael (Mary Jo) Zielinski of Kronenwetter and Leslie Zielinski of Colby.  Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild on the way, along with siblings, Noni (Richard) Zugier of Boyd and Vaughn (Amy) Smith of Loyal.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Galen Todd Zielinski, grandson, Rodney Dale Zielinski, and her siblings, Richard Smith and Doris Griesbach.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in her name to Hope Hospice of Medford.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.


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