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Viola I. Zwiefelhofer

Viola I. Zwiefelhofer

July 23, 2018

Viola I. Zwiefelhofer, 97, of Bloomer, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Chippewa Valley Hospital in Bloomer.

She was born September 6, 1920, in Georgetown, New York, the daughter of Albert and Lillian (Poirier) Anderson. When she was 2 ½ the family returned to Eagle Point and continued farming. She attended schools in Eagle Point, Bloomer, and Wausau, graduating with honors from Chippewa Falls High School in 1938.

On July 11, 1939, she married the love of her life and dancing partner, Clarence Zwiefelhofer at St. Peters Catholic Church in Tilden. Together they raised six children and farmed in the Town of Howard. They moved to the city of Bloomer in May of 1982. In 2017 she moved to Country Terrace in Bloomer.

Viola had a passion for dancing, sewing, and playing cards with family and friends. She made countless wedding and bridesmaid dresses in her lifetime. No job was to small or difficult for her to tackle. She also shared garden produce with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Dave) Baier; sons, Tom (Janet), Del (Barb), Jim (Darlene), Phil (Jenny), and Art (Anita) Zwiefelhofer. She is further survived by 29 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Archie and Wayne (Mary Ann) Anderson; sister-in-law, Brenda Anderson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence of 68 years; her parents; step-father, Ed Buzzell; sisters, Florence (Reinhard) Geissler, and Alice (Otto) Effa; brothers, Ray Bergeron, Alton (Mary) Anderson, Roger Anderson; sister-in-law, Barbara Anderson, Sylvia (Bernard) Meinen, and Bernice (Gerald) Baier.

Viola will be remembered for her constant smile and her winning ways. She will be missed by many because she was loved by many. Clarence and Viola will be dancing across Tilden for all eternity.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2018, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer with Father Victor Feltes celebrating the mass. Burial will immediately follow mass at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Tilden. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. at Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer and again from 10 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Christian Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.


Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. at Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer and again from 10 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.


11 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2018, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer.

Florist Information

All flowers should be delivered to the funeral home by 12 p.m. Thursday.



    July 30 at 5:46pm

  • Randy Tomasovich My deep condolences on the loss of Viola. I always enjoyed our conversations when I was outside doing yard work at Mc Donalds.
    I was always impressed with her positive attitude and zest for life!

    July 27 at 2:12pm

  • Bette (Gullickson) Johnson So sorry Art, take care, be strong. losing a parent is always difficult

    July 26 at 11:43am

  • Toni Moody Tom, deepest sympathy for you and your family at this time.

    July 26 at 6:46AM

  • Rod & Vicki Riepl Our thoughts and prayers are with Viola's family. She was a kind and gentle woman.

    July 25 at 9:03AM

  • Mary So sorry for your loss. Viola's sister Florence is my grandma. I remember the dresses Viola hand sewn for myself and sisters for my Mom and Dads (Alfred and Margie Geissler) 25th wedding anniversary. She was articulate in her work!! RIP.

    July 24 at 7:17PM

  • Michael Petersen Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Even though it was only for a short time I will treasure the memories of the time I spent with her and the family she loved so much.

    July 24 at 4:24PM

  • Ed and Nancy Rothbauer So sorry for your loss Viola was a great lady thinking of all of you at this time.

    July 24 at 12:12PM

  • Chris Kelly and Matthew Ostrander Sorry for your loss. She was a classy woman and heaven is lucky to have her.

    July 24 at 8:24AM

  • Micki Mandell-Paulson She was truly like a grandmother to all of us at Diane's daycare. And to this day I LOVE fresh tomatoes and thick cut bacon because of Viola's garden and cooking. She was always so kind and welcoming when we went to the farm and I cannot believe she was living in her home until 2017. She was a wonderful person and lived a wonderful life. Still I am sorry for your loss and I just wanted to say how much her loving spirit meant to all those she touched. I will say a prayer for you all tonight and in the days ahead.

    July 23 at 10:28PM

  • Mike Bungartz Our deepest sympathy to Viola’s family.
    She was a wonderful person. She tailored my uniform shirts and pants for many years. Then altered our daughters bridesmaids dresses for our wedding.
    We invited her to our wedding at the White Pine.
    Viola never missed a dance at 86 years old.
    Just seeing her having fun and feeling so young will always be remembered.
    There’s a special place in heaven for her and Clarence dancing, laughing and having fun.
    Our memories of your mother we’ll never be forgotten.
    Mike & Kathy Bungartz

    July 23 at 9:20PM

  • Fran and Kay Seibel Heaven just got their newest angel

    July 23 at 6:14PM

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