Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Violet Mae Newell was born on Nov. 18, 1919 to John and Ethel Newell of Storm Lake. She spent her childhood in Storm Lake and graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1938. She married Wilbur G. LaFever on Dec. 21, 1940 in the Methodist Church parsonage in Storm Lake. They were blessed with two children, a daughter, Jean Marie and a son, Jerry Wilbur.
Violet was a member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake.
Her husband Wilbur passed away on Nov. 20, 1984. They loved to go to dances and play Bingo and cards. They also loved family get-togethers with her parents and brothers, and sisters and their families. They were a very close family and in her later years, she and her two sisters and their families still had get-togethers. They loved those times they were able to spend together. Later on in her life, her son, Jerry, moved back to live with her and take care of her so she wouldn't be alone.
Violet took care of babies and small children for seven different families in Storm Lake for 26 years and loved the little ones.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jean Marie (as an infant); her husband, Wilbur; parents, John and Ethel Newell; her brothers: Glenn, John and Howard Newell; sisters: Grace Strock, Annabell Newell, and Lois Bruns; many brothers- and sisters-in-law, and many fond friends.
Those who will cherish her memory are her son, Jerry LaFever and ex-daughter-in-law, Donna Zimmerman Jesse both of Storm Lake; grandchildren: Lynn and Korey Kollbaum of Fonda; Brandon and Eva LaFever of Storm Lake; little great-grandson, Collin J. LaFever; many nieces and nephews and her sister, Emma Hanson and her husband, Harold of Sioux City.